Over the years, any corporate event planner can admit to spending countless hours researching the perfect venue or vendors for their gatherings. After attending or hosting hundreds of events, New York-based Daphne Hoppenot was no stranger to this research and was frustrated by its repetitive nature. However, it was planning her wedding in 2018 that pushed her to realize the lack of resources in the corporate events market compared to the wedding industry, and set out to see if other meetings and events professionals were struggling with the same problem.
Flavored Nation, a new live experience that highlights the most iconic food from each of all 50 states, will be hosted at St. Louis' Dome at America's Center from Oct. 27-29. GateHouse Media, along with Richard Gore, will work together to produce this event for food-lovers across the nation. After conducting extensive research to identify each state's most iconic food, 12,000 attendees will be able to taste the 50 dishes all at one event.
Finding a venue is one of the first decisions a meeting planner makes. Its size and location can make a big impact on meeting attendance. The Sheraton Tysons Hotel—managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts—located outside of Washington, DC, is helping planners choose by offering a package for planners booking through 2020.
On Oct. 25, the Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association revealed the BLLA awards at the Gala & Awards Dinner Celebration at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa was named the runner-up for Boutique Hotel of the Year.
The Convention Industry Council Annual Meetings of Members was held on Oct. 20. This year’s meeting introduced the newly elected CIC Board of Directors.
Susan Robertson, CAE, executive vice president, ASAE, and president, Center for Association Leadership in Washington, D.C., was elected as the new CIC board chair; the position was previously held by Bonnie Fedchock, who completed her term.
AEG and PRISA Group have partnered with AEG Facilities to develop, manage and operate a new 6,000-seat concert and entertainment venue in San Jose, Puerto Rico; it is set to open in early 2019.
The 105,000-square foot facility will have the capacity to host a variety of functions, including events, concerts, banquets, festivals, award ceremonies and corporate events.
IMEX America, an expo for the travel, meetings and events industry, took place in Las Vegas on Oct. 10–12. There, Hilton announced and launched their new initiative, WowMakers, which will help recognize the hardworking professionals in the hospitality industry.
The program is intended to celebrate the 100,000-plus professionals in the industry by sharing their stories and helping them connect with others in the business—giving them the recognition they deserve.
Hyatt’s lifestyle hotel brand added a new hotel in the heart of New York City: Hyatt Centric Times Square New York; the new hotel made its debut in late October. Previously the Hyatt Times Square New York the hotel features 147 rooms and is a part of a group of Hyatt Centric lifestyle hotels that revolve around authenticity, simplicity and curiosity.
In October, Nevada’s General Assembly approved plans to renovate and expand the Las Vegas Convention Center. The LVCC hosts thousands of business events each year, like CES, the world’s largest innovation event, run by the Consumer Technology Association.
This expansion will keep Las Vegas a top destination for tradeshows and events, boost the economy, and help events such as CES grow. It will bring in more money for the economy, by providing more jobs and drawing more people to events.
Omni Berkshire Place, located in midtown Manhattan, has named additions to its culinary leadership team. These include Douglas Solic, director of food and beverage, and Paul Fazio, executive chef. Both will work on financial, managerial and operational aspects of the hotel's culinary sector.
Solis has 20 years of experience in the New York City food and hospitality industry. After graduating from New York Restaurant School with honors, Solis has held positions at New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, New York Marriott Marquis, Rock Center Café, Gramercy Tavern and more.