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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.

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.

Barry Smith Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

Barry Smith, president and CEO, has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Professional Convention Management Association Education Foundation yesterday at the 2017 Visionary Awards in Washington, D.C.

Smith is one of the first Canadians to ever receive this award, which is given to inspirational leaders for their contributions to the business events industry.

Meet Josh Lesnick

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.

Josh Lesnick was recently hired as president and CEO of Associated Luxury Hotels.

SITE and MPI Announce Co-located Event in 2018

The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence and Meeting Professionals International have come together to offer a new, enhanced experience for global meetings and incentive professionals at the SITE + MPI Global Forum. The crossover between both industries and memberships sparked the idea for the event, taking place Jan. 12–14, 2018 at the Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria in Italy—a hotel in the heart of Rome.

Executive and Leadership Development

We spend so much time planning and organizing conferences, conventions and workshops that help others network, strengthen their leadership skills and learn about industry best practices, that sometimes we neglect to treat ourselves to the same opportunities. Well, the World Trade Center Seattle has announced its 2017 professional panel series that—although not specifically targeted toward meeting and event planners and hospitality experts—will certainly provide you with valuable insight and inspiration from some of our region’s most notable business leaders.

EventCollab: A Deeper Dive into the Winter 2017 Infographic

In our Winter 2017 issues, we’re featuring the tech companies that were part of the 2016 ibtm America TechCollective in partnership with DAHLIA+. Because we can only fit so much in print, read on here for our full interview with Megan Powers, marketing director, EventCollab.

EventCollab is an event-planning software created for event people by event people, filling the need for a tool that makes for easy collaboration with all stakeholders.

Columbia Hospitality to Now Manage Heathman Hotel

Seattle-based Columbia Hospitality has acquired the management of The Heathman Hotel. Located in Kirkland, Wash., the independent hotel and Trellis Restaurant join Columbia Hospitality’s growing portfolio of award-winning properties.

Hot Dogs, and Italian Beef and Chocolate Cake, Oh My!

Minnesotans, get excited. The tantalizing menu at Portillo’s—Chicago’s fast casual restaurant that serves Chicago-style cuisine—will now be available in Woodbury. The restaurant will be located at 8450 Hudson Road. They are set to begin construction in the coming months and are slated for a summer 2017 opening—the perfect seasons for hot dogs, a menu favorite.

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