AAA Four Diamond Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, located in Bonita Springs, Fla., not only boasts 85,000 square feet of event space, but they also just added an outdoor event and venue: The Lazy River with water slides. Providing guests with a leisurely outdoor activity, the Lazy River and water slides allow attendees to get some sun and relax, and is especially well-suited for those traveling with their families.
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Kim Nevins was recently hired as sales manager for The Hotel Landing in Wayzata, Minn.
1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as sales manager for The Hotel Landing?
California-based Woodside Hotels will take over the management of Dream Inn Santa Cruz and Indian Springs Calistoga. As California’s leading operator of independent upscale hotels, restaurants and spas, Woodside will grow the management portfolio of premier Northern California properties with these new additions.
The DMCVB is taking on Dave Beachnau as senior vice president of sales, marketing and sports, and has promoted Kris Smith to director of the Detroit Sports Commission.
"The knowledge and expertise that Dave has contributed to the DMCVB is invaluable, and we look forward to what he will accomplish in his new role," says Larry Alexander, president and CEO. "In his short time with the DSC, Kris has helped increase our profile within the national governing bodies of the Olympic movement, as well as created local awareness of the DSC."
The Anaheim Marriott, which recently made a major investment in renewable energy, just activated a solar system in three portions of its hotel roof that currently fuels about one-third of the property’s 1,030 guest rooms.
The installation at Anaheim Marriott was implemented in partnership with SoCore Energy. The new system features 1,805 solar modules and is projected to produce 880,000 kilowatt hours of power per year. By having this new energy source, it reduces the hotel’s energy consumption equal to the elimination of a year’s greenhouse gas emissions from 131 vehicles.
The U.S. News & World Report has named Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa the No. 1 Best Hotel in California. They were also listed as one of the top ten hotels in the U.S.
"The award-winning hotels on the U.S. News Best Hotels rankings meet the standards of both everyday travelers and industry experts in offering exceptional customer service and luxury amenities," says Erin Shields, travel editor at U.S. News.
The rankings rely on luxury hotel and resort industry awards as well as expert and guest reviews to determine the list.
Stem, a speakeasy located in Northeast Minneapolis, has introduced a new menu that will include small lot wines, craft cocktails, artisan beer and appetizers.
“The neighborhood in Northeast Minneapolis is known for its beer,” says Ivy Taheri, owner. “We wanted a place where people can socialize and be comfortable in an upbeat atmosphere. We can’t wait to surprise our guests with unique wines from around the world, craft cocktail creations and fun events to suit everyone’s needs.”
Omni Hotels & Resorts has appointed top leadership positions for the Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta. Ramon Reyes will be the general manager and Jennifer Mayo will serve as director of sales and marketing.
One of the most eco-friendly hotels in the world, The Hotel at Oberlin in Ohio, offers sustainable meetings and environmental team building exercises. They’ve partnered with Common Ground—The Cindy Nord Center for Renewal, for team-building workshops.
Common Ground is located 30 acres in of the Vermilion River Valley near Oberlin, and offers trained guides, zip lining, two spiral staircases, three aerial bridges and 13 tree platforms. Their activities include a two-and-half-hour Canopy Tour that finishes off with an 850-foot zip line over the Vermilion River.
The Los Angeles Convention Center has partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council and Informa Exhibitions for a record-shattering 90.3 percent waste diversion rate at the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.
“Los Angeles is leading the way in sustainability,” says Kate Hurst, vice president of community advancement, conference and events. “It was ranked as the fourth major city in the United States for LEED-certified projects in 2016 and is part of the 100 million square feet club, which made it an ideal location to host the 15th annual Greenbuild.”