As the Northwest chill begins to settle in for the season, planners in Portland, Oregon, may want to consider an alternative to wine or beer tasting as a post-meeting activity—tea tasting. You may just find that it’s your group’s, well, cup of tea.
“We sample teas in much the same way as one would experience a beer or wine flight,” says Sara Kaufman, tasting room manager for Smith Teamaker. “Our guests are encouraged to choose their own teas or they can allow our teamakers to lead the way for them.”
“I think one frequently overlooked item is shade. Whether that means sunshades, umbrellas or tents, you can’t underestimate the need for protection from the sun. People often get so excited for the spring/summer season in the Pacific Northwest that they can overlook how hot it gets in direct sunlight. On those extra-steamy days, it even can be necessary to place a couple of misters here and there for extra relief.
Whether you're designing a request for proposal (RFP) to send to possible vendors or answering one from a potential client, the process can be daunting. So Northwest Meetings + Events asked a vendor and a planner for tips on making sure the proposal is clear, concise and, most importantly, effective.
Designing a Request for Proposal
Last year, Sister Cities International celebrated its 60th anniversary. The organization was founded as a result of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s People-to-People program. Eisenhower believed that cultural exchanges, youth programs, sharing arts and culture, and exchanging business ideas and research and development projects could foster bonds between people of different communities. Here in the Northwest, each of our major cities has a number of sister cities. Seattle, for example, has 21, while Portland, Oregon, has nine (and one friendship city).
The Northwest is home to a number of intriguing international districts in which to host your next meeting or event. From a museum in Seattle to a traditional Vietnamese restaurant in Portland and a high-energy nightclub in Vancouver, here are six spots you should definitely check out.
SEATTLE; CHINATOWNI NTERNATIONAL DISTRICT
Wing Luke Museum
Our industry is rife with examples of ingenuity, inventiveness and the independent spirit, so it’s not surprising that meeting and event planners are embracing the growing maker movement, which focuses on the do-it-yourself—often technologybased—artisan community. The maker movement is well represented in the Northwest and off ers both team-building opportunities and venue options for corporate and private groups.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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?
Provenance Hotels is opening a new hotel, Dossier, in downtown Portland. The 205-room hotel is slated to open in the summer of 2017 and will be located at SW Park Ave. and SW Alder St. The property will have an intimate feel and provide a place of refuge for busy travelers.
Provenance Hotels aims to elevate the guest experience with this new hotel. Comfort and warmth will be a part of every detail of the design throughout the hotel. Guests can expect extraordinary customer service.