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CES 2017 to Draw 50,000 Industry Professionals

On Jan. 5–8 in Las Vegas, CES 2017, a global tech community conference, is expected to draw 50,000 industry professionals from more than 150 countries. The show will feature exhibits from 57 countries—up 9 percent from last year. More than 600 startups from 33 countries will be featured this year.

New Boutique Hotel Being Developed in Fort Wayne

A new boutique hotel is under development in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The development is possible because of the partnership of Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, co-founder and chief creative officer and director of Vera Bradley, and Portland-based hotel management company Provenance Hotels. Baekggard will contribute her design sense, while Provenance hotel will offer their knowledge of local hotel management.

Smart City Networks Surpasses Industry Record

Smart City Networks, an event telecommunications and technology services provider for the convention industry, recently finished a total overhaul of the Hawai’i Convention Center’s data and wireless capabilities in just 27 days—an industry record.

Global DMC Partners Members Announced as Finalists for 2017 ADMEI Awards

Global DMC Partners has announced that five of their members—BBC Destination Management, Corinthian Events, Destination Nashville, Spaintacular and The Destination Manager—are among the finalists for the Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI) Achievement Awards. The five DMCs were nominated for awards in 11 out of 20 categories.

2017 Achievement Award Finalists

Best Innovative Events under $50,000

· A Southern Dinner – “En Famille” - BBC Destination Management, A Global DMC Partner

Q Hotels Announces Plans for Marriott Hotel in South Arlington

Q Hotels has announced plans to develop a dual-branded Marriott hotel property in south Arlington, Tex. Construction is set to start this December and will finish in summer 2018. The combined SpringHill Suites and TownePlace Suites will have a total of 230 rooms.

Amenities include an event lawn entertainment space, a ballroom, an expanded fitness area, steam room, dry sauna and restaurant dedicated to healthy eating. The hotel is located 8 miles away from the DFW Airport and 3 miles south of the Arlington entertainment area.

American Homebrewing Association Announces Rising Homebrewing Destinations

The American Homebrewing Association has recently announced seven rising homebrewing destinations in the US.

“Craft brewing and homebrewing have long supported one another: a thriving craft beer community nurtures a healthy, growing homebrew culture and vice-versa,” says Gary Glass, director, American Homebrewers Association. “Some cities are legendary for such pro-am symbiosis, while others are gaining well-deserved reputations as up-and-coming homebrew hot spots.”

Hilton Announced Newest Initiative at IMEX

IMEX America, an expo for the travel, meetings and events industry, took place in Las Vegas on Oct. 10–12. There, Hilton announced and launched their new initiative, WowMakers, which will help recognize the hardworking professionals in the hospitality industry.

The program is intended to celebrate the 100,000-plus professionals in the industry by sharing their stories and helping them connect with others in the business—giving them the recognition they deserve.

IMEX America 2016 Breaks New Records

According to recently published figures, IMEX America 2016 has officially broken multiple records. The event, which was held Oct. 18–20, had an attendance increase of 14 percent from last year.

There was a 6 percent increase in the attendance of hosted buyers, making up 3,216 from 60 countries. About 10,000 buyers attended group appointments and prescheduled appointments were upwards of 60,000—far more than the numbers gathered in 2015.

Omni Hotels & Resorts Announces Updates

Omni Hotels & Resorts is announcing new developments for the hotel. The 16-story hotel is set to open in June 2017, showcasing 300 guest rooms and suites, and 24,000 square-feet of meeting space, including a 13,000-square-foot ballroom. Additionally, Omni Hotels & Resorts has appointed Gayla Guyse as director of sales and marketing for the Omni Frisco Hotel. Guyse has 20 years of experience working for the Omni Frisco Hotel.

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