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LACC Breaks Record for Waste Diversion

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.”

InitLive: A Deeper Dive into the Winter 2017 Infographic

In our Winter 2017 issues, we’re featuring the tech companies that were part of the 2016 ibtm America TechCollective in partnership with DAHLIA+. Because we can only fit so much in print, read on here for our full interview with Melissa Pinard, marketing manager, InitLive

Meet Connie Kopecky

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.

Connie Kopecky was recently hired as the sales account executive for Visit Milwaukee in Wisconsin.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as sales account executive for Visit Milwaukee?

Marriott and Disney Timeshares Top Redweek’s List of Top 25 Rental Resorts

Marriott and Disney resorts were in 16 of the top 25 spots in RedWeek.com’s report on the most popular timeshare rental resorts. Marriott-branded resorts won five of the top 10 spots and 11 of the top 25. Disney’s five listed resorts includes the new, Bay Lake Tower at the Contemporary Resort.

JW Marriott Hotel Set to Open in Downtown Nashville

Turnberry Associates, a Miami-based real estate developer, has revealed the plans for the new JW Marriott opening in downtown Nashville in 2018. The 33-story property will be shaped like an elliptical and will be a prominent part of Nashville’s skyline at 386 feet tall.

The hotel will be located within 2 miles of Nashville’s landmarks, including: the Music City Center, The Country Music Hall of Fame, Shermerhorn Symphony Center and The Ryman Auditorium.

Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis’ Compost Program Excels

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis has finished the first year of a program meant to reduce hotel CO2 emissions, and it has been successful.

The project primarily focuses on composting, its fully operational in the hotel. In the first 11 months, hotel teams composted 415,000 pounds of unused food waste. The composted scraps are picked up by St. Louis Composting and sent to a facility in Belleville, Ill. The compost is sold to homeowners and landscapers in the St. Louis area.

Le Meridien Chicago-Oakbrook Center Introduces Locally Inspired Themed Menus

Le Meridien Chicago-Oakbrook Center is offering new menus that offer an experience of the local flavors of Illinois. They offer a range of menus including: Sweet Home Chicago, Illinois Farm Table, Nuts on Clark, North vs. South and 1893 (Chicago’s World Fair.)

Each menu showcases a different aspect of Chicago’s legendary culinary scene. From sweets to farm-to-table, there is an option for everyone.

For more information, visit lemeridienoakbrook.com.

Chuy’s Tex-Mex Opens First Location in Colorado

Austin-based Chuy’s is opening their first Colorado location in Denver this June. The Tex-Mex joint will be located at 6595 W. 104th Ave. in Westminster. Chuy’s was founded in Austin back in 1982 and offers diners homemade Tex-Mex in a quirky environment.

Their most popular dishes include: stuffed chile rellenos, chicka-chicka boom-boom enchiladas and creamy jalapeno.

Pechanga Resort & Casino Complete Executive Suite Remodel

Pechanga Resort & Casino has completed their renovations of 65 of their suites. The AAA Four Diamond resort reinvented 63 of their one-bedroom and executive suites in the Temecula, Calif.-based hotel.

“We reconfigured the suite floor plan to create a more dynamic, interesting and comfortable use of the square footage,” says Ann Fleming, lead designer, Cleo Designs who leaded the redesign. “We needed to make technology capabilities within the suites totally effortless for guests. It now feels completely built-in, like they were there all along.”

ILEA Announces Partnership with IBTM Events

The International Live Events Association is partnering with ibtm events as part of Reed Travel Exhibitions.

ibtm is now a part of the exclusive group of organizations within ILEA’s Global Partners program. Including Giants Enterpries, CORT and VisitScotland Business Events. ibtm will be exposed to ILEA’s 5,000 international members.

This collaboration will allow ILEA to continue its global expansion and offers up a portfolio of events such as the annual tradeshow in Barcelona.

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