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Visit Vacaville Wins Gold Adrian Award

Visit Vacaville in California has been awarded the Gold Adrian Award for Website Design from the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International. After a huge rebranding project in 2015, they partnered with Tempest Interactive Media to create a new digital marketing platform.

Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa Unveils Holiday Package

Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa in California is offering a new holiday package, the Holiday Spa and Wellness Escape for Two that is available until Jan. 14.

Priced at $2,000 the package includes a one-bedroom cottage, in-room couple’s spa treatment, a wellness concierge, customized dining menus, a candlelight dinner and a bath butler. The guests can also enjoy champagne upon arrival, personalized bathrobes and arranged transportation. Additionally, they receive two Frangipani product kits and a fully stocked fridge in their room.

Meet Sheila Sandoval

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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.

Sheila Sandoval was recently hired as the director of sales at the Stella Hotel in Bryan, Texas.

1. What are you looking forward to in your new role as director of sales for The Stella Hotel?  Creating relationships/friendships and partnerships not only with potential clients but my counterparts within the industry as well.

Wintrust to Open McCormick Square Venue

Chicago’s leading community and corporate company Wintrust Financial Corporation has announced they’re opening a new event center at the McCormick Square that will be called Wintrust Arena. This announcement came from a letter of intent that was signed with DePaul University.

Shade Hotel Opens its Doors

On Nov. 18, Shade Hotel, located in Redondo Beach, California celebrated its grand opening. The luxury hotel located on the forefront of the city’s Waterfront Revitalization Project. The debut kicked off a spectacular public event, which attracted thousands of guests, live performances/entertainment, and a promise to seek more new accommodations and services.

AF & Co. Releases Trend Report

Celebrating its 11th anniversary as one of the country’s leading boutique hospitality and restaurant consulting firms, Andrew Freeman & Co. is very excited to release its 2017 trend report Be Prepared—This Is Not A Test. Their report comes out annually and features hotels, food, hospitality marketing and beverages for the upcoming year. Many restaurants and hotels need to be prepared for the unknown when it comes to how well the hospitality field’s outcome will be by the end of the year. Flexibility is key to meet the increased demands that the year may bring.

Traverse City Wine Country Led By New Generation

Michigan’s wine country, which took root in 1974, has officially begun passing the winegrowing torch to the next generation. Several local vineyards have given their leadership positions to a younger, eager generation.

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Experts Weigh in on the Good & Bad of SWAG Bags

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SWAG: We all get it (hence the acronym: stuff we all get). But do we really want all of the “it” that we get? We asked event planners and hospitality insiders to share with us their best and worst SWAG items—what they keep on hand and what gets tossed in the bin.

Best: Items that are useful, such as power banks, TSA liquids bags and thumb drives.
Worst: Toys/trinkets that end up in the waste; candy and snacks. (Don’t we get enough at the show?)

Flashback: Boise Depot is a Sought-After Event Space

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When the Boise Depot first opened in 1925, thousands turned out to see the first transcontinental engine steam into the station. Among its many visitors over the years was President Harry S. Truman, who made a stop at the depot on a tour of the West. Located in the Depot Bench neighborhood, it’s now a go-to venue for meetings and events.

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