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2017 RISE Awards Honor MPI Professionals

On June 20, Meetings Professionals International revealed the winners of 2017's Recognizing Industry Success and Excellence Awards. The winners of the meeting and events industry were announced at MPI's 2017 World Education Congress in Las Vegas, and were celebrated at the MPI RISE Awards Presentation and Luncheon. The RISE Awards categories are split by community and individual achievement, with the seven awards focusing on innovation, impact and influence in the meetings and events industry, and global transferability.

CHIHULY Welcomes Visitors to New York City for Summer Days & CHIHULY Nights

One of the most exciting events this summer for visitors of New York City is CHIHULY, an exhibit at The New York Botanical Garden. Artist Dave Chihuly created the artworks in the exhibit to be a sensory-filled experience offered between spring and fall, including art programs for children, weekend celebrations and CHIHULY nights.

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Both Luxe Hotels in Los Angeles offer two completely different experiences. The Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel is the only hotel on Rodeo Drive, with easy access to dozens of designer stores, while the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel has some of the best pool facilities on LA’s Westside.

Now, the two are teaming up to bring Rodeo Drive to the pool. All guests at the Rodeo Drive hotel will have access to the pool at Luxe Sunset Boulevard with any booking.

Stanford Court to Undergo Yearlong Renovation

A $16 million redesign has been announced at Stanford Court, a tech-centric hotel located atop the San Francisco landmark Nob Hill. With a slated completion of spring 2018, the renovation will touch everything from the hotel's lobby to their guest rooms, fitness center, meeting and event spaces and hotel amenities. The hotel will remain operational throughout the entirety of the project.

Grand Hyatt New York Debuts Renovated Conference-Level Inspired by Grand Central Terminal

The iconic Grand Hyatt New York in Midtown Manhattan recently debuted a multimillion dollar renovation of its conference level, including 12,000 square feet of meeting space and 18 breakout rooms. Designed by New York City-based interior design and architecture firm Nemaworkshop, the new design reflects the energy of the adjacent Grand Central Terminal and the New York City skyline.

Pebble Beach Resorts Welcomes New Addition, Fairway One, in August

Pebble Beach Company of Pebble Beach, Calif., has announced the opening of Fairway One at Pebble Beach Resorts in August. The Fairway One complex will sit on the left side of the first fairway, offering a new and enhanced guest room experience with oversized accommodations, a greater sense of privacy and personalized service. Complete with ocean, garden and golf course views, Fairway One will include three two-story hotel buildings, two four-bedroom golf cottages and a brand new meeting facility.

Hotel Nikko San Francisco Completes Three-Month $60 Million Renovation

Merely steps from San Francisco’s Union Square, Hotel Nikko unveiled a $60 million renovation this spring. The three-month renovation commemorates the Landmark hotel’s 30th anniversary. Hirsch Bedner Associates leads the contemporary revamp of the hotel’s interior, taking inspiration from the Nikko’s Japanese heritage. The fresh look and updates encompass 405 of the 533 guest rooms, the suites, lobby, public areas, third floor ballroom, meeting spaces, infrastructure and technology

StageSpot Launches Online Custom Gobo Creator

StageSpot announced the launch of its online custom gobo creator.

The platform was designed for industry professionals and their clients. The creator gives users the ability to choose from more than 75 pre-made templates or to upload custom images and artwork, making the process quicker.

Gobo is an acronym for “Goes Before Optics.” A gobo is a disc made from steel, glass, or plastic used as a partial screen in front of a light.

IBM and Pebble Beach Company Tap Watson to Enhance Traveler Experience at Top U.S. Resort

Pebble Beach Resorts has welcomed IBM to its family of brand partners, as its new Official Cognitive Solutions Provider.

As part of this collaboration, the two companies have launched a new Pebble Beach app, aiming to enhance the way Pebble Beach Resorts guests experience 17-Mile Drive, shopping, dining and more.

Omni Frisco Hotel Announces Impressive Lineup of Hospitality Veterans

The soon-to-open Omni Frisco Hotel in Dallas has announced the names of its new director of operations, director of finance, director of sales and marketing, director of engineering, director of human resources and neighborhood services general manager.

The hotel will open in July 2017. All of the announced positions will report to Jeff Smith, hotel general manager.

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