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IMEX America 2016 Breaks New Records

According to recently published figures, IMEX America 2016 has officially broken multiple records. The event, which was held Oct. 18–20, had an attendance increase of 14 percent from last year.

There was a 6 percent increase in the attendance of hosted buyers, making up 3,216 from 60 countries. About 10,000 buyers attended group appointments and prescheduled appointments were upwards of 60,000—far more than the numbers gathered in 2015.

Visit Seattle Employee Honored in PCMA’s 20 In Their Twenties

Tessa Kalfell, the convention services manager at Visit Seattle, has been named to the Professional Convention Management Association’s “20 in their Twenties” list. This recognition is awarded to emerging industry leaders.

“I am so honored to be named one of PCMA’s 20 in their Twenties this year,” says Kalfell. “I’m looking forward to the connections I’ll make in the coming year, growing my business relationships and building a network of peers outside of Seattle who I can collaborate with and go to with questions and ideas.”

Vail Resorts and Whistler Blackcomb Complete Combination

Vail Resorts, Inc. has completed its combination with Whistler Blackcomb Holdings, Inc. As a result, Vail Resorts receives 100 percent of Whistler Blackcomb’s stock whose shareholders in turn will receive $17.50 and 0.09 shares of Vail’s stock for each Whistler Blackcomb share they hold. This makes Vail Resorts the sole owner of Whistler Blackcomb.

Vail Resorts also has appointed Michele Romanow to the board of directors at Vail Resorts. Romanow was previously on Whistler Blackcomb’s board.

The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

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Three hundred meeting and event professionals gathered at Aria on March 31 for MNM+E’s 14th annual Best of Minnesota awards. Guests walked the red carpet (sponsored by Canterbury Park Catering & Events), posed at the Snapz Photo Booth and sipped bubbly from an aerial bartender (sponsored by Roseville Visitors Association). Saltee filled the main room with live music.

Event Snapshots: Best of Colorado

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The timing was supreme, hosting the 10th annual Best of Colorado on the Denver Broncos’ indoor training field at UCHealth Training Center on March 15, only a month after the team landed a Super Bowl victory. A sellout crowd viewed three floors of space, saluted the winners, and enjoyed stellar food by Biscuits and Berries, entertainment by 5 Star Talent and Entertainment, and décor by Eclectic Hive. Thank you to our sponsors!

Snack Delivery Services Make Meetings Healthy

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Pictured: Nourish Snacks’ Sampler Collection

Delivered snacks are a simple solution to time-crunched meetings. They are convenient, quick and allow everyone involved to continue working uninterrupted. The downfall? Delivery options are typically unhealthy, greasy and have the potential to hinder productivity, rather than jump-start it. That’s where these three companies come in.

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