A Derby themed gala to commemorate Hotel Baker’s 90th anniversary was held on June 2, 2018. The invitation-only event was both a celebration an important milestone as well a tribute to the original owner Colonel Edward Baker, who opened the downtown St. Charles hotel on June 2, 1928.
Food trucks may be mobile, but they aren’t going anywhere, since their popularity only seems to grow with each season. A New Jersey hotel is getting in on the fun! Along with over 18,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space, Embassy Suites by Hilton in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, offers the Grain & Cane “Gastro Truck” as a fun option for a mid-meeting break or post-event dining option.
The family-focused, Wisconsin-based Great Wolf Lodge opened its first resort in Wisconsin Dells in 1997. Over the next two decades, it slowly expanded with more properties around the Midwest, moving into the Northeast, South, West and Canada. And this summer, the greater Chicago area will get its first resort from the brand.
VISIT Milwaukee, the convention and visitors bureau for Milwaukee, has redefined the city’s online image for meeting planners and recruiters and captured the spirit of Milwaukee’s people, neighborhoods, events, and attractions through a new website.
“Our research reinforced that people are most interested in visiting cities that spark a passion for discovery and offer the chance to collect unique experiences,” said Megan Suardini, vice president of marketing & communications for VISIT Milwaukee.
Set in Chicago’s Financial District, W Chicago - City Center, 172 W Adams, will unveil Phase 1 of its renovation this month.
This contemporary hotel will introduce a new lobby and restaurant, and Midland Social Club, named after the building’s original use as The Midland Club.
The Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau (GSCCVB) was named a Stella Awards finalist in the Midwest/Regional Best CVB/DMO category. The Stella Awards honor excellence in the meetings industry.
“The GSCCVB brand is focused on promoting sight-doing rather than simply sight-seeing,” said Lula Cassidy, executive director. “I believe one of the reasons we were selected as a finalist is because the Greater St. Charles area has so much to offer visitors. They can truly ‘See It. Do It. Live It.’ in our community.”
Metro Public Works recently announced the start of a new glass recycling initiative to being in Lower Broadway in Nashville, TN.
Mayor Megan Barry said it was the city’s first glass bottle recycling initiative. “Lower Broadway has become an international tourist destination, and long-neck bottles are now synonymous with the honky-tonk experience,” Barry said. “For too long, we’ve had to throw away glass that could have been recycled and repurposed. This program is like no other, and we are excited to lead the charge toward a more sustainable city.”
The Olympia Companies is known for its lavish and sophisticated properties. Restaurants like the Sea in Maine and The Alfond Inn at Rollins in Winter Park, Florida, as well as its best-in-brand select service hotels have made The Olympia Companies a leader in the industry. The new year is set up to be another record-breaking year for the company as they expand their portfolio of 22 properties. Among the new exciting highlights are:
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