In two weeks, I’m headed to Indianapolis (where I was born and raised) for MPI’s World Education Congress (WEC18), and I can’t wait. Not only will it be nice to see Indy all decked out for the convention, but I will love seeing how the world receives my hometown.

The last time I attended the congress, it was in Vancouver, B.C. This year, organizers promise an experience unlike anything we’ve seen before. On the Saturday before the conference, I’m planning on going on a behind-the-scenes tour of the WEC Villages as they’re being constructed. The villages include the social village (which will have puppies to cuddle, so I’m pretty sure you will be able to find me spending quite a bit of time there), the experiential village, the leadership village and the innovation village. I’ll be sure to share photos for those of you who won’t be able to make it!

The educational sessions look amazing, and I’m particularly excited to hear keynote speaker Mel Robbins. I’ll be providing updates while I’m there so keep an eye on our social media. So who’s with me? If you’re going, shoot me an email at teresa.kenney@tigeroak.com.

BENCHMARK, a global hospitality company, will be expanding its presence in the Pacific Northwest to operate the newly-announced Avenue Bellevue InterContinental Hotel.

 

Walla Walla’s iconic Abeja Winery and Inn will be accepting wedding and event bookings for the first time in 2019. The venue offers five distinct indoor and outdoor venues and can accommodate groups of up to 250 guests.

 

The Hoxton, Portland officially opened its doors on November 12. The much anticipated opening was the second U.S location for the Hoxton brand. The Hoxton, based in London is planning two additional openings in the United States later in 2019—The Hoxton Chicago and The Hoxton Downtown L.A. The Hoxton Portland, located in historic Old Town Chinatown in a building dating back to 1906, features 119 rooms and three restaurants including a cocktail bar.