august

Portillo’s Brings Back Lemon Cake, Rosemont Baseball Team Gets A Name

Hello readers,

Everyone asked and Portillo’s listened! After a plea by a Reddit user that went viral, the popular Chicago-based restaurant group brought back its cult classic lemon cake after a 10-year absence for a limited run this summer. They have since extended the availability window through August (and maybe permanently, if we can dream).

Hotel Deals: Ace Rates & No Strings Attached at Langham

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Business is booming at several Chicago area hotels, and guests and planners get to take advantage with some pretty special deals.

John Groh Awarded 2016 Certified Destination Management Executive Designation

On Aug. 3 2016, the Certified Destination Management Executive designation was awarded to John Groh, the president of the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau in Illinois. Groh received his CDME recognition at the Destination Marketing Association International 2016 Annual Convention in Minneapolis. As well, Groh was elected to the Destination & Travel Foundation Board of Directors Executive Committee for one year. This committee pushes industry leaders and experts, in their respective fields, to find new strategies in the wake of a growing business environment.

Florida Chapters Select MPI to Manage Conference

For the next two years, Meeting Professionals International will provide meeting management services for the Southeast Education Conference. MPI is responsible for managing and developing the overall program for the 2017 and 2018 conference, which is hosted by SEC's four Florida chapters – Tampa Bay Area, Greater Orlando, North Florida and South Florida – known as TONS.

Local Industry Professional Lands on Top List

Connect Magazine recently published its 40 Under 40 list, and Daniel Gallagher, national sales manager, Meet AC and the Atlantic City Sports Commission, made the list.

National Auction Rolls in Unprecedented Economic Impact


A 1968 Shelby convertible, a 1931 Bugatti Royale and a number of classic Corvettes paraded through the Hershey Harrisburg Region July 30–Aug. 2 and resulted in an estimated economic impact of $10.5 million.

Register for WEC

Exciting times are ahead with Meeting Professionals International’s annual World Education Congress in August.

The event is slated for Aug. 1–Aug. 4., and while that seems ages away, the time is sure to come quickly; summer—as it always does—will fly by.

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