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Meet Rik Blyth

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.

Rik Blyth was recently hired as general manager at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as general manager?

Austin CVB and Professional Convention Management Association Supported Sammy’s House

The Austin Conventions and Visitor’s Bureau and the Professional Convention Management Association hosted an event to support Sammy’s House, a nonprofit organization that helps children with medical or developmental issues.

The event—Hospitality Helping Hands—sold 150 volunteer spots. During it, volunteers worked on projects like playground repair, yard maintenance, toy sorting, cleaning classrooms and more to improve the facilities of the daycare.

CTA Commends the Approval of Las Vegas Convention Center Expansion

In October, Nevada’s General Assembly approved plans to renovate and expand the Las Vegas Convention Center. The LVCC hosts thousands of business events each year, like CES, the world’s largest innovation event, run by the Consumer Technology Association.

This expansion will keep Las Vegas a top destination for tradeshows and events, boost the economy, and help events such as CES grow. It will bring in more money for the economy, by providing more jobs and drawing more people to events.

Hilton Crystal City Gives Back to Charities and Meeting Planners

Believe it or not, the holidays are coming, and that means the season for giving is right around the corner. Hilton Crystal City at Washington Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Va., managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts, is donating up to $250 to a charity in the name of each meeting planner who books an event.

The hotel has been giving back to charities both locally and nationally for years, working with foundations such as Wreaths Across America, Wounded Warriors, Toys for Tots and many more.

PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO 2017 Set to Break Records

The 2017 PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO, set for Sept. 25–27 appears to be on track to exceed its 2015 numbers, according to The Association for the Packaging and Processing Technologies, PACK EXPO’s producer. PACK EXPO Las Vegas increased its sales by 10 percent and Healthcare Packaging EXPO is up by 20 percent. Their show is predicted to be sold out with more than 2,000 companies exhibiting.

LACC Reports Record Year

AEG Facilities, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company, provides venue management and other specialized programs in operations, guest services, ticketing, booking, sales and marketing. This management has recently gained attention from its management of the Los Angeles Convention Center, as its 2015–2016 fiscal year yielded exceptional results. LACC reported a successful financial and operational year-to-date with the venue exceeding revenue expectations and nearly tripling the prior year’s profits.

Sedona CVB Project Wins Big

This year, the Arizona Office of Tourism created a “Grand Pitch” contest; the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism’s Sedona Secret campaign was recognized for the best marketing presentation. The prize was $100,000 in in-kind marketing funds.

The Arizona Office of Tourism said the contest supports destination marketing efforts and increases the economic benefits of tourism activity across over the state.

Students: Apply Now for Hospitality Scholarship

Furthering and sustaining the hospitality industry is dependent on the students working to get into the field today. Without them, the future is shaky.

To help these students gain the education they need to truly succeed, the Greater Atlantic City Concierge Association and Casino Reinvestment Development Authority Foundation created a partnership to award scholarships for education in the hospitality industry and promote its value.

Proven Fact: AC Events Significantly Impact Economy

Not just this year, but many years running, Atlantic City has been host to a plethora of events—from the New Jersey Education Association Convention to the Challenge Atlantic City Triathlon. With such a wide variety of events, it’s not a shocker to think they have significantly boosted the economy.

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