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Austin's Hotel Inventory is Changing with Additions and Renovations

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As business and leisure travel continues to boom in Austin, the city’s inventory of hotel rooms is rising to take advantage of the demand. Six new hotels opened in Austin in 2015, according to the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, including the 1,012-room JW Marriott Austin, currently Austin’s largest hotel and the largest JW Marriott in the Americas. Two more hotels will open in 2016, and five hotels are set to open in 2017

Meet Paul Viviano, Flower Man

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Ask Paul Viviano to tell you the secret to his success helming metro Detroit’s largest florist, and he’ll immediately point to his family.

Viviano is the chief executive officer of Viviano Flower Shop, which grew from a small operation started by his grandfather in 1937 to a household name today, with 135 employees in five locations. One brother, Peter, is president, overseeing purchasing, merchandizing and product development, while another brother, Frank, is vice president, managing operations and events.

20 Things You Didn't Know About the Hollywood Bowl

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Every summer, Angelenos pack up their picnic baskets, grab a few blankets and head to the Hollywood Bowl for evening concerts under the stars. The summer home of the LA Philharmonic and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Bowl is the largest outdoor amphitheater in the U.S. and a perfect backdrop for a summer outing with business associates or the whole team.

Portland Party Raises Funds for LGBT Causes

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Few heads turned when Judge Kemp walked into a Office Depot store in Portland, Oregon, one Saturday evening in May 2015 wearing 3-and-a-half-inch goth rocker boots and an above-the-knee, off-theshoulder little red dress. Kemp grabbed what he needed—some last-minute lanyards—and hurried back to The Old Freeman Factory to kick off one of Portland’s most anticipated and colorful charity events of the year: the Red Dress Party.

Event Snapshots: MIC Conference & Trade Show

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The 16th annual Meetings Industry Council of Colorado Educational Conference & Trade Show once again broke attendance records and was held on March 17 at Denver’s Colorado Convention Center. An opening educational event for meeting planners and reception kicked off the event on March  16. Next year’s conference date is March 15, 2017. 

Hip Hotels Highlight Edgy Designs to Make a Unique Impression

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Pennsylvania's big cities are defi nitely upping the ante with a bumper crop of new hotels (Philadelphia could warrant an entire article alone), but they aren’t the only bastions of cool. It turns out that some of Pennsylvania’s smaller cities and towns are also turning out sleek, modern lodging that could compete with Manhattan or Miami. Read on for a fresh look at some new and old(er) hip havens across the Keystone State.

Event Snapshots: 2016 Michigan EPIC Awards

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The Event Professional Industry Class Awards were held April 5 at MotorCity Casino’s Sound Board. Kurt Colone of Mike Staff Productions was the emcee, with entertainment by the Dan Rafferty Band.

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