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#VegasStrong

Less than one week after the tragic shooting in Las Vegas, the meetings and events industry came out in full force at IMEX America to show their support for the city, one of our country’s top meeting destinations. Billboards and signs throughout the city, displayed the hashtag, #Vegasstrong as a sobering reminder of the shooting and the resilience of its residents. At IMEX’s opening event, Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International said “We are heart broken but not broken….People here have a job because of you. Meetings and conventions are the backbone of this city.

JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America Offers New Nordstrom Exclusive

The luxurious and enriching experiences of JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America have been enhanced with the announcement of their new ‘Nordstrom Exclusive Shopping Package’. The new amenity invites guests to stay at the beautiful JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America and enjoy a $100 gift card for Nordstrom shopping per night. Nordstrom, located in the west wing of Mall of America, is just steps from the JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America.

Sarasota County to See More Hotel Rooms

Sarasota County will see the addition of 1,112 new hotel rooms over the next two years. These new accommodations will largely fall within walking distance of downtown Sarasota and the dining, arts and scenery that it offers.

CSM Lodging Completes Aloft and Element Hotel Development

The dual-branded Aloft and Element Hotel Development in Redmond, Wash., was declared open by Minneapolis-based CSM Corporation. The two hotels are located near the Microsoft Corporation's world headquarters as well as Google, Nintendo, Boeing and Expedia. The hotels share one building and multiple amenities.

Seattle RTA Launches New Website

Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority has announced the launch of its revamped website. The update site offers a comprehensive trip planning guide for visitors to Seattle, Tukwila, SeaTac and Des Moines. The guide has quick and easy access to destinations, restaurants, accommodations and more across Seattle Southside.

Portillo's Announces Maple Grove Location

Portillo's Chicago-style restaurant, which recently opened its first Minnesota location in Woodbury, has announced details on its newest location on Elm Creek Blvd., in Maple Grove. Portillo's currently has 50 locations in seven states.

$100 Million Edgewood Tahoe Lodge Completed

The new $100 million Edgewood Tahoe Lodge has opened on the south shore of Lake Tahoe after more than two decades of difficulties of strict regulations regarding the environment and four years of reviewing plans and obtaining permits for construction to begin in 2012. The Edgewood Tahoe Lodge's completion was dependent on limiting storm water runoff that is harmful to Lake Tahoe, as well as protecting wetlands, according to the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

ALHI Hosts 12th Annual Executive Women in Leadership Conference

From June 8-10, Associated Luxury Hotels International held its 12th Annual Executive Women in Leadership Conference at Hotel del Coronado in San Diego/Coronado California. ALHI is a leading independent Global Sales Organization in the Meetings & Incentive industry, from which they hosted 65 senior level women executives in the meetings and hospitalities industries. These women included hotel executives and meeting professionals.

Annual Survey Reveales American to Top $100 Billion in Vacation Spending

Allianz Global Assistance released their Allianz Travel Insurance Vacation Confidence Index on July 5, revealing that Americans are estimated to spend more than $100 billion of spending on summer vacations this summer. Allianz defined a vacation as a "leisure trip of at least a week to a place that is 100 miles or more from home." The Vacation Confidence Index measures Americans' confidence in their ability to take a summer vacation, showing that the projected summer spending for this year is $101.1 billion, compared to 2016's $89.9 billion, a 12.5 percent increase from 2016.

Portillo's Opens in Woodbury

The newest location of Portillo's has opened in Woodbury. The opening of the restaurant's 50th location and first Minnesota restaurant was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by founder Dick Portillo, CEO Keith Kinsey, and Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens.

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