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American Homebrewing Association Announces Rising Homebrewing Destinations

The American Homebrewing Association has recently announced seven rising homebrewing destinations in the US.

“Craft brewing and homebrewing have long supported one another: a thriving craft beer community nurtures a healthy, growing homebrew culture and vice-versa,” says Gary Glass, director, American Homebrewers Association. “Some cities are legendary for such pro-am symbiosis, while others are gaining well-deserved reputations as up-and-coming homebrew hot spots.”

Visit Seattle Appoints New National Account Director

On Oct. 24, Visit Seattle appointed Charles Pinckney as the convention sales national account director. In his new role, he will be responsible for the Chicago area and the international market.

Pinckney graduated from Western Oregon University with a degree in international studies and two minors—one in German and another in political science. Pinckney has worked as account director, global sales North America, for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide; and most recently as associate director of sales Sheraton Grand Chicago/Westin River North in Chicago.

Hilton Announced Newest Initiative at IMEX

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.

IMEX America 2016 Breaks New Records

According to recently published figures, IMEX America 2016 has officially broken multiple records. The event, which was held Oct. 18–20, had an attendance increase of 14 percent from last year.

There was a 6 percent increase in the attendance of hosted buyers, making up 3,216 from 60 countries. About 10,000 buyers attended group appointments and prescheduled appointments were upwards of 60,000—far more than the numbers gathered in 2015.

Visit Seattle Employee Honored in PCMA’s 20 In Their Twenties

Tessa Kalfell, the convention services manager at Visit Seattle, has been named to the Professional Convention Management Association’s “20 in their Twenties” list. This recognition is awarded to emerging industry leaders.

“I am so honored to be named one of PCMA’s 20 in their Twenties this year,” says Kalfell. “I’m looking forward to the connections I’ll make in the coming year, growing my business relationships and building a network of peers outside of Seattle who I can collaborate with and go to with questions and ideas.”

Omni Hotels & Resorts Announces Updates

Omni Hotels & Resorts is announcing new developments for the hotel. The 16-story hotel is set to open in June 2017, showcasing 300 guest rooms and suites, and 24,000 square-feet of meeting space, including a 13,000-square-foot ballroom. Additionally, Omni Hotels & Resorts has appointed Gayla Guyse as director of sales and marketing for the Omni Frisco Hotel. Guyse has 20 years of experience working for the Omni Frisco Hotel.

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.

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.

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