Northwest Meetings + Events Magazine

Beyond the Border: Meeting in Costa Rica is Pure Bliss

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You'll hear and see the phrase “pura vida” everywhere in Costa Rica. The simple translation is “pure life,” but the meaning goes much further and epitomizes the soul and spirit of this beautiful Central American country.

Columbia Hospitality Launches Wellness Program

Columbia Hospitality, a hospitality management company based in Seattle, has launched Work Hard, Play Hard, a wellness program aimed to improve meetings. The program will be offered at Bell Harbor International Conference Center, Kitsap Conference Center and Talaris Conference Center.

The program is aimed to improve participants’ health and happiness through customizable options. Offerings range from creative stations to interactive fitness activities. The program is a bit different for each conference center.

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Air Canada Offer Apres in the Air Package

In honor of Canada’s 150th birthday, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has partnered with Airc Canada to offer a new package, Apres in the Air. The package is a collection of experiences that you can only get at three of the Fairmont’s most popular Canadian properties.

The package includes a round trip for 58 people by private charter, stays at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello and Fairmont Tremblant. Each Fairmont offers a range of activities including dog sledding, skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling, ice fishing, horse-drawn carriages and more.

InnSight Hotel Management Group Hires New Vice President of Finance

InnSight Hotel Management Group based in Oregon has selected Todd Gray as their new vice president of finance. Gray joins the company with a background in finance, accounting, information technology and administration. He most recently worked for Menashe Properties, Inc., directing finance and accounting activities.

Olympia Hotel Management Selected To Operate The Glen House

The family-owned Mt. Washington Summit Road Company has announced that the Portland-based Olympia Hotel Management will operate The Glen House.

The new three-story, 68-room hotel will be located in Pinkham Notch by the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road; it’s slated to open in May 2018.

Get to Know: Tillamook County

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When Nan Devlin became Tillamook County’s first tourism director of Visit Tillamook Coast in 2014, she had one demand: Ban boring meetings! 

And she promises that when you meet in Tillamook County, “You won’t be locked inside a sterile hotel complex. You’ll be able to walk around the villages, enjoy great views and great local food, and have outdoor activities at your fingertips.”

Provenance Hotels will Open The Woodlark in 2018

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Two adjacent buildings at the intersection of SW Park and Alder streets in Portland, Oregon, are coming together to form one sophisticated hotel. Purchased by Provenance Hotels and NBP Capital, the two historic properties, the Cornelius Hotel and the Woodlark Building, are being reimagined as the new hotel, The Woodlark. Construction on the 150-room hotel began in November and is scheduled to be completed in March 2018. 

Event Spotlight: Evening of Hope to Honor Bartell Family

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The Seattle Hotel Association has selected the Bartell family as the honorees for the 2017 Evening of Hope Gala and Auction, which will take place at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle on Feb. 4, 2017. The Bartell family history has deep ties to the community. Bartell’s is the oldest and largest family-owned drugstore chain in the nation and includes 64 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, providing jobs for more than 1,800 employees.

Cycling Studio Converts Sweat Equity Into Team Building

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Looking for a team-building activity that burns calories while building camaraderie? BurnCycle Studio is now offering companies private rides when they book a minimum of 25 bikes. Groups can choose their instructors, music, location and time. 

BurnCycle first opened its doors in Portland, Oregon’s Pearl District in 2013; a second location was opened in Lake Oswego, Oregon, in 2015. The studio’s mission is to help individuals be the best versions of themselves and to create a welcoming gym environment. 

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