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Chicago Marriott Lincolnshire Resort Is Undergoing Major Transformations

Chicago Marriott Lincolnshire Resort—managed by The Bricton Group—has revealed their $22 million renovation plans. The renovations are set to begin in December 2016 and for completion in the second half of 2017.

Canopy by Hilton Prepares To Open In Chicago

A new 223-room lifestyle hotel, Canopy by Hilton in Chicago, will open in fall 2018 on S. LaSalle Street and W. Adams Street, in the Chicago Loop area.

Paul Van Deventer Appointed to Co-Chair Meetings Mean Business Coalition

The president and CEO of Meeting Professional International, Paul Van Deveter, has been named the Meetings Mean Business Coalition co-chair.

Beginning Jan. 2017, Van Deventer will work alongside fellow co-chair Richard Harper, executive vice president, HelmsBriscoe. Together, they will help the organization highlight the importance of in-person meetings, conferences, conventions, trade shows and more.

Previously, Michael Dominguez, senior vice president and chief sales officer, MGM Resorts International, served as co-chair.

Visit Milwaukee Wins Coveted Award

Visit Milwaukee won the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals National Videographer Award.

After 1,500 video entries were submitted, “Meet Milwaukee,” created by Kris Martinez, Visit Milwaukee’s digital marketing manager, surpassed industry standards and won an Award of Distinction.

Arlington CVB Study Shows Positive Tourism Results

Almost 14 million visitors spent an estimated $1.4 billion last year in Arlington, Texas, according to a study conducted by Longwoods International. This study was prepared for the Arlington Convention & Visitor’s Bureau with a mission to provide an overview of Arlington’s tourism business in 2015. It included information about overnight and day visitors, how much visitors were spending and other relevant trends.

PHLCVB Reveals Partnership with MPI

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau revealed it will support Meeting Professionals International’s Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate course, working as the title sponsor of the program for one year. 

Accredited by Saint Louis University, the program, provides participants with vital information on compliance regulations, laws and techniques for managing healthcare meetings.

Craft the Perfect Team

Changes occur every day in the hospitality industry, but one of the biggest is the high turnover of employees. Much of this can be attributed to the people who make up staff—students, part-time and those who work in seasonal locations. This can make building the perfect team difficult.

The Langham Hospitality Group Appoints New CEO

The Langham Hospitality Group recently appointed Robert A. Warman as chief executive officer. Warman succeeds Brett Butcher, who is retiring from the company.

"We are delighted to have Bob lead the Langham Hospitality Group portfolio," said Dr. K.S. Lo, executive chairman of Langham Hospitality Group. "Bob is a seasoned hotelier with significant experience in the global luxury hospitality industry, and he is ideally qualified to lead the company and drive innovation in the next state of its growth and expansion."

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