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New Meeting Offerings at Five Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels in Florida

Five Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels have unveiled new meeting offerings for 2017 group programs. Located in the Walt Disney World Resort, these hotels are within walking distance of the Disney Springs area. The new waterfront Disney Springs offers a wide mix of shops, a variety of both upscale and casual dining options and live entertainment options.

Skirvin Hilton Hotel Receives Highest Praises

The Skirvin Hilton Hotel has been recognized with the 2016 Bright Blue Futures Award for full-service hotels with less than 500 rooms from Hilton Hotels Corporation. It was also ranked number one throughout all Hilton full-service hotels for superior service as measured by guest satisfaction.

Meet Awet Sium

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Awet Sium was recently hired as general manager of Kimpton Donovan Hotel in downtown Washington D.C.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as General Manager of Kimpton Donovan Hotel?

Two Chefs to Advance to International Copper Skillet Competition

Four chefs representing the United States and Canada from IACC-member properties recently competed in the IACC Americas Chapter Cook-Off at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmingon, Del. There was also a Junior Chef category in which IACC conference venue chefs under the age of 26 competed.

The chefs were given basic pantry items and a mystery basket of proteins with 30 minutes to prepare and present their dishes to judges from the local area.

Tony’s Catering Partners with Occasions

Occasions Catering in Englewood, Colo., announced that they will be taking over Tony’s Catering full-service catering operations. Tony’s Catering in Denver, a division of Tony’s Meats & Market, will continue to offer limited-service catering to its clients as well as pick-up and drop-off.

Meet Brent Hockenberry

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These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Brent Hockenberry was recently hired as executive chef for the Omaha Marriott Downtown.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as executive chef for the Omaha Marriott Downtown?

Meet Bethany Hastings

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These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Bethany Hastings was recently hired as director of sales for Plano Centre in Texas.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as director of sales for Plano Centre?

Monterey County Invests Millions Into Renovations

Monterey County, known for its scenery and landscapes, will reveal a new Monterey Conference Center in 2017 that underwent a more than $60 million renovation.

But it wasn’t just the convention center that received a revamp other renovations and remodels took place in the region, giving visitors refreshed options in the area.

Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau Announces Highest Convention Booking Year Ever

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau announced that 2016 was its highest convention booking year ever with 713 events and 903,199 hotel room nights secured for future years. This is an 18.2 percent increase in the number of events and a 5.8 percent increase in room nights secured during 2015.

Governor Cuomo Breaks Ground on the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center


In early March, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo broke ground on the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center expansion on Manhattan’s West Side. This groundbreaking marks the beginning of construction on the first phase of the $1.5 billion expansion project.

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