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Le Meridien Chicago-Oakbrook Center Introduces Locally Inspired Themed Menus

Le Meridien Chicago-Oakbrook Center is offering new menus that offer an experience of the local flavors of Illinois. They offer a range of menus including: Sweet Home Chicago, Illinois Farm Table, Nuts on Clark, North vs. South and 1893 (Chicago’s World Fair.)

Each menu showcases a different aspect of Chicago’s legendary culinary scene. From sweets to farm-to-table, there is an option for everyone.

For more information, visit lemeridienoakbrook.com.

Meet Noni Hughes

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.

 Noni Hughes was recently hired as the general manager for Kimpton Hotel Vintage Portland in Portland, Ore.

1. What are you looking forward to in your new role as general manager of Kimpton Hotel Vintage Portland? 

Empire State Development Announces Design Team for Expansion

Empire State development president, CEO and commissioner Howard Zemsky has announced the design team who will spearhead the $1.5 billion expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. After an extensive evaluation process, the panel has chosen LendLease Turner.

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.

Splacer Debuts In Los Angeles

Splacer, an online marketplace for event spaces, has expanded to the Los Angeles market. At its debut, the market had 140 listings available to book for meetings and events, including villas, lofts, museums, theaters and more.

Study Hotels Opens in University City

Study Hotels has opened its second location in the heart of University City. The hotel is located at the crossroads of Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania.

The 10-story hotel, owned and developed by New York-based developer Hospitality 3, features 212 guest rooms. It also includes features such an innovative Study living room, fitness center and an active art gallery that showcases local artists and student work on a rotating basis.

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.”

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

Meet Carolyn McCammon

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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.

Carolyn McCammon was recently hired as the director of sales and marketing for Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as the director of sales and marketing for Hyatt at the Bellevue?

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