• ISES Announced 2014 Espirit Awards Nominees

     
    POSTED July 21, 2014
     

The International Special Events Society (ISES) announced the nominees for the 2014 ISES Espirit Awards, which honors prestigious competitors in the special events industry. Awards are designated throughout industry categories. A full list of nominees can be found here.

The ISES Espirit Awards celebrate ISES member achievements and create an opportunity to raise industry awareness. Furthermore, showcasing these best practices encourages companies to continue working hard and thinking creatively. ISES strives to improve industry standards and enforce professionalism.

Open to any ISES member in good standing, this year’s awards were for events that took place between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013. The 2014 ISES Esprit Award winners will be announced and recognized by their peers at the annual ISES Esprit Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, August 20 at The Westin Hotel, Seattle, Washington, USA.

After almost 20 years of vacancy, the Cook County Hospital in Chicago will be put to use once again. A $150 million adaptive reuse project restored the historic, 106-year-old hospital, which has become a combined Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotel, as well as medical offices, a museum, a food hall and more. While the opening is multi-phased, the hotels are scheduled to open in late July.  

 

Jumpstarting tourism in cities across the country will be more complicated than simply opening doors again – especially in cities with large populations like Chicago. However, working together proves more effective, and in Chicago, more than 250 businesses are banding together to join Choose Chicago’s new initiative, Tourism & Hospitality Forward. It bolsters a safe reopening that encourages tourism as well as meetings and events in

 

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