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Hilton Portland Undergoing Multimillion Dollar Renovation

Hilton Portland is set to undergo a huge transformation that is scheduled to be complete in spring 2017. Renovations will include updates to the guest rooms and lobby, a new restaurant and bar, and meeting space.

The 782-room hotel, located in the heart of downtown Portland, is in the early stages of its renovation. They will first update their existing 60,000 square feet of meeting space, and relocating the fitness room. They've also added a 5,500-square-foot ballroom and additional breakout space.

I’ll Drink For That

In every issue of Northwest Meetings + Events, we include a signature drink courtesy of a regional hotel or restaurant, but here’s one drink order that just can’t wait for the next issue! Now through December, if you order its seasonal Apple Cider Car at The Lobby Bar of Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle, you’ll contribute to the hotel’s Cocktail for a Cause program.

Get to Know: Olympia, Washington

Despite a burgeoning craft beer scene, ample waterfront access and an abundance of meeting spaces, Shauna Stewart still points to Olympia’s people as the region’s greatest asset. “We are a community of passionate, engaged individuals all eager to make a difference,” says Stewart, executive director of the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau (OLTVCB). 

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.”

Salishan Spa & Golf Resort is a Paradise Destination for Canine-Friendly Events and Meetings

Guests at the Salishan Spa & Golf Resort may be a bit surprised by the greeting they receive upon their arrival. Along with a “hello” and a handshake from the concierge as they enter the lobby, they’re also likely to encounter a wet nose and fuzzy muzzle.

That’s Remington’s way of saying “welcome.” The 7-year-old Bernese mountain dog is Salishan’s resident canine and the first indication to guests that this Oregon Coast resort has literally gone to the dogs.

Holiday E-cards With Style and Heart

It’s November already—can you believe it? Time to start sending out holiday party invitations. For a more eco-friendly route, check out Seattle-based Greenvelope’s new Colin Cowie Holiday Collection. Cowie is one of the country’s premier event planners. A regular contributor to the Today show, he has planned parties for celebrities, such as Tom Cruise, Jennifer Anniston, Oprah Winfrey and Jennifer Lopez.

Boeing Celebrates its Centennial in 2016

In 1916, young William Edward Boeing built and flew his first aircraft, Bluebell, in Seattle, and the Boeing Airplane Company—and a valued community partner—was born. Ever since its first charitable contribution in 1917—a University of Washington wind tunnel that’s still in use today—the industry leader has been giving back locally, regionally and globally.

Signature Drink: Tundra Spice

Sign us up for anything that includes Fireball Cinnamon Whisky among its ingredients. This tasty adult beverage from the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel & Convention Center in Fairbanks, Alaska, is guaranteed to stave off the chill of a fall or winter day. 

INGREDIENTS
—1.5 oz. Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
—.25 oz. lemon juice
—.75 oz. malbec wine
—Simple syrup

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