• New Leadership Joins Kinzie Hotel

     
    POSTED September 29, 2016
     

Kinzie Hotel, in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, hired Maurese Nelson as the new director of sales and marketing.

"I was attracted to Kinzie Hotel because it's an independent and I can instill my own selling style here," says Nelson. “The owner, Portfolio Hotels & Resorts, is investing in the right type of talent. I'm confident I can get people to buy into this product because I truly believe it's second to none. We offer a personal touch that separates us from competitors."

Having worked his way up in the industry, from bellman to salesman, the Chicago native has more than 13 years of hospitality experience. As the director of sales and marketing, Nelson will be responsible for a sales team and work to maintain good relationships with hotel visitors.

"We are excited to have Maurese as an integral part of our leadership team," says Andrew Eck, general manager. "He's worked his way so far through most areas of the hotel business and has an inherent understanding for what it takes to exceed guest expectations."

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.”