Finding a venue is one of the first decisions a meeting planner makes. Its size and location can make a big impact on meeting attendance. The Sheraton Tysons Hotel—managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts—located outside of Washington, DC, is helping planners choose by offering a package for planners booking through 2020.
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Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group and founder of Shake Shack will be awarded the Torch Award at the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York in March.
The Torch Award, honors restaurateurs who exhibit the characteristics of the Torch, which includes illumination, energy, joy, victory, enlightenment, hope and education.
Associated Luxury Hotels International has officially added its 24th luxury hotel in Florida: the Four-Diamond Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. The 769-room resort is surrounded by 36 holes of Greg Norman-designed championship golf, 15 acres of recreation and pools, a 10,000-square-foot Mokara Spa, the David Leadbetter Gold Academy and much more. Most importantly though, it offers 128,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space that include three ballrooms, 48 meeting rooms and 70,000 square feet of outdoor space.
South Carolina’s Montage Palmetto Bluff resort just recently released its new meeting and event spaces. From its $100 million expansion, the resort added a new Inn building that includes 74 guest rooms, a new steakhouse called Jessamine, a spa and a Wilson Ballroom.
Debuting in September, The Montage is known for hosting countless events such as weddings, retreats, corporate events, and they also created its second onsite chapel.
The Westin Nashville has appointed Lukus Kindlesparker to general manager of the 453-room property—a 15-year industry veteran. Kindlesparker has extensive experience, with over 15 years in the hospitality industry and
“Lukus’ background working with world-class brands, such as W and Westin, make him the perfect fit to further cement The Westin Nashville’s position in the market as the best in the city.” says Paul Wischermann, president and CEO of Wischermann Partners, Inc.
Entertainment Cruises Boston announced their expansion with the addition of Boston Elite, a new charter yacht opening in Boston Harbor early next year.
“It’s very exciting for our Boston fleet to be receiving a vessel that offers a level of exclusivity unique to any private venue in town, on land or sea,” says Kelley Yelle, general manager, Entertainment Cruises. “Boston deserves an elevated event experience taking advantage of the city’s natural beauty on the water and the new Boston Elite satisfies that need with impeccable style and design.”
Hotel Chaco is slated to open in Old Town Albuquerque in New Mexico in April 2017. The new hotel was inspired by Chaco Canyon’s ancient civilization. The hotel will collaborate with Chef Mark Miller, who will consult on their restaurant concept, and Interior Designer Kris Lajeskie, who will work on artwork, to elevate the guest experience.
In our Winter 2017 issues, we’re featuring the tech companies that were part of the 2016 ibtm America TechCollective in partnership with DAHLIA+. Because we can only fit so much in print, read on here for our full interview with Dade J. Gaylord, vice president of operations, Zerista, by JackRabbit Systems, Inc.
Zerista is an event management website and mobile app that allows event organizers and attendees to manage schedules, set up meetings, generate leads and participate in games that encourage event learning, discussion and collaboration.
A study on the important of social media in the meetings and events industry conducted by American Express Meetings & Events found usage of social media has increased in the industry, and about 45 percent of planners see the value in online engagement. Neemah Persad-Celestine is an executive of Hyatt Regency Trinidad, and responsible for all Hyatt Regency Trinidad’s social media, understands this and is an advocate for using social media in all aspects of planning.