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Ocean Place Resort and Spa Welcomes a New Executive Chef!

Guillermo Veloso has joined the team at Ocean Place Resort and Spa as their new executive chef. Veloso is no stranger to the region, being a New York City and northern Jersey native. 

Veloso has an extensive culinary career extending more than 35 years, but he has also spent time as an archaeologist and naturalist. He was the executive chef at Miami’s Yuca Restaurant and has also served as executive chef at Philadelphia’s Cuba Libre and the Please Touch Museum. 

And the Nominees Are!

AND THE NOMINEES ARE! 

The Northwest is well represented among the 2017 ILEA Esprit Award Nominees. The winners will be announced at the Esprit Awards Gala during ILEA Live, Aug. 10-12 in Calgary, but in the meantime, join me in congratulating your regional peers for their nominations in the following categories: 

Best Catered Event 
Zones

Shelby Sewell
Foodz Catering
ILEA Chapter: Seattle 

Readers Choice Best of Voting Ends May 19!

Have you let your favorite vendor, event planner or venue know how much you appreciate them by voting for them in our annual Northwest Meetings + Events Best of Awards? No? Well, get busy—voting ends Friday, May 19!

While we have included many of our old favorites, like best convention/conference venue and best event décor provider, this year we have some brand new categories as well, including Best Meeting and Event Planning Company and Best Winery/Brewery/Distillery with Event Space.

Seattle Southside Tourism Authority Receives Prestigious Award

SportsEvents Media Group—a publication that helps sports event planners manager U.S. competitions—has named Seattle Southside Tourism Authority as a 2017 Readers’ Choice Award Winner.

“SportsEvents readers came out in force to nominate and then to vote for their favorite sports events destinations and the host organizations that represent them,” says John Rezell, executive director, SportsEvents. “Our team is proud to honor the nominees that received the most votes with a 2017 Readers’ Choice Award.”

More winners will be revealed in SportsEvents January 2017 issue.

Global DMC Partners Members Announced as Finalists for 2017 ADMEI Awards

Global DMC Partners has announced that five of their members—BBC Destination Management, Corinthian Events, Destination Nashville, Spaintacular and The Destination Manager—are among the finalists for the Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI) Achievement Awards. The five DMCs were nominated for awards in 11 out of 20 categories.

2017 Achievement Award Finalists

Best Innovative Events under $50,000

· A Southern Dinner – “En Famille” - BBC Destination Management, A Global DMC Partner

Get the Most out of Your Awards & Success with These 5 Tips

Congratulations! You’ve landed a coveted industry award. You’re at the top of your game. Besides hanging your award on the wall or placing it in a place of prominence, what can you do to celebrate your achievement and use it to support marketing and recruitment efforts?

Here are five tips to extend the life of your industry recognition and gain more publicity. 

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Edge Steakhouse Receives AAA Four Diamond Rating

Edge Steakhouse at Westgate Park City Resort & Spa has received the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Rating—an achievement that only 2 percent of AAA approved restaurants has attained.

“AAA is delighted to recognize Edge Steakhouse as a Four Diamond restaurant,” says Michael Petrone, director, AAA Inspections & Diamond Ratings. “To maintain the exceptional standards required for this rating on a daily basis is an outstanding achievement. AAA Four Diamond establishments are attentive to guests’ needs and consistently deliver memorable dining experiences.”

Two Roads Hospitality Wins Conde Nast Traveler’s 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards

Condé Nast Traveler magazine has recognized Two Roads Hospitality in 19 categories in the hotel and results section for their 29th annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

Save the Date! Best of Awards Oct. 20!

Mark your calendars! On Thursday, Oct. 20, we’ll be unveiling the winners of the 2016 Best of Northwest Meetings + Events readers’ choice awards! The party gets started at 6 p.m. at the Metropolist. In addition to the awards, we’ll have plenty of great food, entertainment, SWAG and conversation, so please be sure to join us. Special thanks to this year’s fabulous sponsors: Butler Seattle, Ketchikan Visitors Bureau, Salem Convention Center and Tulalip Resort Casino.

Tickets are $15 until Oct. 13 and $20 after or at the door. You can register here.

Westin Nashville Announces New Hires

The Westin Nashville recently announced the appointments of Don Holowiecki as director of finance; Adam Smith as executive meetings manager of sales; Leisa Recabo as social catering manager; and Michael Pisano as conference service manager. Holowiecki will be in charge of the hotel’s efforts to maintain financial stability, helping the Westin Nashville to remain Nashville’s hottest new hotel. Smith will lead the sales team, and Recabo will focus on marketing the Westin Nashville’s top-of-the-line catering services.

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