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Treat Yourself Like a Rock Star During ACL at Hotel Van Zandt

Come to town and stay like a rock star in one of Hotel Van Zandt’s five presidential suites. The 319-guest room Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt is inspired by the Austin’s vibrant live music scene and provides the perfect home base for exploring the city.

Ritz-Carlton Dallas Turns Group Dining into Entertainment

Chris Southwick, chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, is cooking up a new banquet menu that expresses his creativity and individuality. Not only does his menu incorporate delicious pasta dishes, family-style meals and his special house-made mozzarella, but he also his innovative dessert options too. Southwick and The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas are optimizing its group dining through their new Meetings of the Senses program.

The Stella Hotel Slated To Open In March

The Stella Hotel, located in Bryan-College Station, Texas, is slated to open in March 2017. The 180,000-square-foot property will offer retail, restaurant and outdoor options, along with a 5-acre lake and 2 miles of hiking and biking trails.

Designed by FAB studio and Design DMU, the new luxury hotel will combine a modern design with the traditional aesthetic of the Texas countryside. The 176-room hotel will also have modern, luxurious amenities, with views of the Texas landscape, to create a calm and relaxing experience for their guests.

Zerista: A Deeper Dive into the Winter 2017 Infographic

In our Winter 2017 issues, we’re featuring the tech companies that were part of the 2016 ibtm America TechCollective in partnership with DAHLIA+. Because we can only fit so much in print, read on here for our full interview with Dade J. Gaylord, vice president of operations, Zerista, by JackRabbit Systems, Inc.

Zerista is an event management website and mobile app that allows event organizers and attendees to manage schedules, set up meetings, generate leads and participate in games that encourage event learning, discussion and collaboration.

Tips For Using Social Media In Meetings And Events

A study on the important of social media in the meetings and events industry conducted by American Express Meetings & Events found usage of social media has increased in the industry, and about 45 percent of planners see the value in online engagement. Neemah Persad-Celestine is an executive of Hyatt Regency Trinidad, and responsible for all Hyatt Regency Trinidad’s social media, understands this and is an advocate for using social media in all aspects of planning.

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

Meet Mary German

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Mary German was recently hired as the COO for Arlington CVB in Texas.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as COO of Arlington CVB?

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