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2017 U.S. Pastry Competition Finalists Announced

A select group of talented pastry chefs will compete for Pastry Chef of the Year at Paris Gourmet’s U.S. Pastry Competition held during the International Restaurant & Foodservice show of New York. The event will be held on March 5 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

The competition’s theme this year is Modern Masters Come to Chocolate. The chefs have three hours to arrange their exhibit and are only allowed one assistant. The judges will all be board members of the Societe Culinaire Philanthropique, one of the world’s oldest chef associations.

ALHI Creates New Parent Company

Associated Luxury Hotels International has created a new parent company, Associated Luxury Hotels, which offers a solution for luxury-level and upper-upscale independent hotels and resorts around the globe through their current and future holdings. ALHI will focus on serving the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions & Exhibitions marketplace for the 250 AAA Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels it serves.

The Williamsburg Inn Continues Multi-Stage Renovations

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Virginia has announced the next part of its renovation, which will enhance the inn’s exteriors as well as its food and beverage menu. This includes a new restaurant, a reflection pool and private event spaces. The inn halted reservations on Jan. 22 but is set to reopen in April 2017.

Wyndham Hotel & Conference Center Slated to Enter New Mexico Market By Summer 2017

Peak Hospitality has announced the rebranding of Hotel Cascada, which will soon be known as Wyndham Hotel & Conference Center; the 11-acre property will also undergo a $5 million transformation.

Greater Madison CVB Donates Record Number of Warm Clothing

The Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau is celebrating immense success with their Big Bundle Up warm clothing drive.

With Middleton Tourism Commission, GMCVB was able to bring in 580 pieces of warm clothing to give to those in need—an 86 percent increase from last year’s donation of 269 items of clothing.

All donations were made to the Madison YWCA, which shelters 150 women, children and families every night.

Cavalry Court Announces Partnership With Five-Star AudioVisual

Cavalry Court has entered into an exclusive partnership with Five-Star AudioVisual, who will be the technology supplier for all their meetings and events.

Five-Star AudioVisual Nominated For Vendor Of The Year

Park City Area Lodging Association announced that it has nominated Five-Star AudioVisual for the 2017 Vendor of the Year Award at the Black Diamond Awards Ceremony.

GBTA and MPI Present Meeting Certificates

Recently, the Global Business Travel Association and Meeting Professionals International awarded the Certificate in Meeting Management to 37 professionals from the CMM Norfolk 2016 class. The association will offer programs in Palm Springs, Calif., and Reno, Nev., this year.

“We cannot be more pleased with the strong interest the CMM Program has received from our global community,” says Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO, MPI. “Participants have consistently shared positive feedback on the program’s educational content and instructors.”

Hyatt Regency Maui Announces New General Manager

Fred Findlen has been hired as the general manager position at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. Findlen brings 31 years of experience to his new position, Most recently, he served as general manager at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa, and Casino.

Greater Lansing CVB Announces Board

Proud to announce its new Board of Officers for 2017, The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau’s roster is finally complete. “We are very fortunate to have such a vital, dedicated group of business professionals and community leaders comprising our Board,” says Jack Schripsema, president. “I look forward to working with them to promote the Greater Lansing community.”

Board

Mark Alley, Chair from Emergent BioDenfense Operations Lansing, LLC

Kendric Hall, Vice Chair from Radisson Hotel & Lansing at the Capital

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