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Meet Kanami Fujita

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. 

Kanami Fujita was recently hired as director of sales at Semiahmoo Resorts in Blaine, Wash.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role? 

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre Launches Impressive South Building Modification

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre announced that its South Building is undergoing a $23 million renovation and modification, which will include 10 new meeting rooms, offering an additional 13,000 square feet of event space. Tvsdesigns and IA Interior Architects will guide the renovation, projected to complete in early 2018.

Food for Thought

Northwest Meetings + Events editorial advisory board member Melissa Jurcan is our guest blogger. She offers a recap of the 7th Annual Solutions5 conference held on Friday, Jan. 20.

Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation Hired New Sales Director

Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation and the Steamboat Grand Hotel has hired Jennifer Shea as their new sales director. In her new role, Shea will create and implement strategies for local, regional and national channels for tour operators, wholesalers, travel agents, properties and campaigns. She will also be in charge of pricing and products, overseeing conference programs and managing the sales team.

Experts Weigh in on the Good & Bad of SWAG Bags

SWAG: We all get it (hence the acronym: stuff we all get). But do we really want all of the “it” that we get? We asked event planners and hospitality insiders to share with us their best and worst SWAG items—what they keep on hand and what gets tossed in the bin.

Best: Items that are useful, such as power banks, TSA liquids bags and thumb drives.
Worst: Toys/trinkets that end up in the waste; candy and snacks. (Don’t we get enough at the show?)

Paul Van Deventer Appointed to Co-Chair Meetings Mean Business Coalition

The president and CEO of Meeting Professional International, Paul Van Deveter, has been named the Meetings Mean Business Coalition co-chair.

Beginning Jan. 2017, Van Deventer will work alongside fellow co-chair Richard Harper, executive vice president, HelmsBriscoe. Together, they will help the organization highlight the importance of in-person meetings, conferences, conventions, trade shows and more.

Previously, Michael Dominguez, senior vice president and chief sales officer, MGM Resorts International, served as co-chair.

Renaissance Allentown Opens its Doors

Exciting news for the city of Allentown: the Renaissance by Marriott Allentown has opened its doors and is ready for guests.

The 170-room hotel connects to the PPL Center hockey arena and overlooks Center Square. J.B. Reilly, cofounder and president of City Center Leigh Valley, owns the hotel. A fitness center, free Internet and 10 meeting rooms are just some of the amenities the hotel offers. Capacity for events ranges from nine to 433. Guests can even bring their pets.

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