• Michael Platt Named General Manager for Hotel Arista

    POSTED September 22, 2014
Benchmark Hospitality International has appointed Michael Platt as general manager for Hotel Arista, a Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels property located in Naperville, Ill. Greg Champion, Benchmark's executive vice president and COO, made the announcement.
"It is a pleasure to welcome Michael to Benchmark Hospitality and to this jewel of a property," says Champion. "He brings important experience in luxury hotel management to his new role, and a keen grasp of the unique qualities of boutique hotels."
Previously, Michael Platt was general manager for the Viceroy Santa Monica Hotel, a boutique property located in Los Angeles. Prior to this he held leadership positions for Hilton Hotels at properties in New York City, Puerto Rico and Southern California.
Platt is a graduate of Lausanne in Switzerland and more recently graduated from the GMP program at Cornell University. He has relocated to the Chicagoland area.​

The Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre completed its $24 million renovation of the entire hotel and conference center. Renovations began in 2020. 

The North Dallas conference center hotel renovation includes a full redesign of all 503 guest rooms, lobby and public areas, and food and beverage outlets. Additionally, the hotel’s 55,000-square-feet of meeting space was updated with new furnishings, technology upgrades, and the addition of a new 6,600-square-foot Lakeside Ballroom. 


Anchorage is a city like none other—making it a popular choice for hosting meetings and events.

Through the tall windows of the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage, meeting attendees can gaze out toward Cook Inlet, which stretches all the way to the Gulf of Alaska and toward mountains—some snow-capped—representing several ranges. They may even see an eagle fly by or see one of the 1,500 moose that are said to roam Alaska’s largest city. It’s easy to see why it’s said that Anchorage is a city like none other in the United States.


In early March, Meeting Professionals International released a statement regarding the invasion of Ukraine: 

“In a show of support for the people of Ukraine, MPI will immediately suspend business with all companies in Russia. In addition, any plans to formalize a chapter in Russia will be paused….We remain concerned for the well-being of our community and our MPI members in Russia and Ukraine who were already seeking to climb out of the shadow of this pandemic and are now experiencing these unprecedented challenges.”