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Meetoo (powered by Lumi): 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 for our full interview with Holden Bigler-Johnson, customer success and business development, Lumi.

Meetoo is a live polling app with real-time messaging that works seamlessly with PowerPoint.

What are some of Meetoo’s outstanding features for meeting/event planners?

Hilton's Xeros Washing System Revolutionizes Laundry Day

Who knew a laundry system could be so eco-friendly? Striving to grow their sustainability features, the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City installed the Xeros bead-based laundry system back in October 2014. In early March 2017, the hotel announced its good news—the Xeros polymer bead-based washing system, certified Gold in Green Seal's stringent GS-33 certification standard for lodging properties, has saved more than 2 million gallons of water year over year.

New Suites at The Little River Inn are for Work & Play

The 66-room Little River Inn on the Mendocino Coast has long been a popular spot for intimate corporate gatherings. Its Abalone Room accommodates 100 and an ocean-facing deck can be tented to provide an additional 800 square feet for mingling. Now, busy guests can be even more productive, thanks to its two new spacious Work/Play Suites, that each offer two 24-inch monitors, a keyboard, 500Mbit Wi-Fi, a Herman Miller chair, use of a VOIP phone, and access to Skype, along with amenities like Nest thermostats and smart light bulbs and alarm clocks.

Woodside Hotels to Manage Two New Properties

California-based Woodside Hotels will take over the management of Dream Inn Santa Cruz and Indian Springs Calistoga. As California’s leading operator of independent upscale hotels, restaurants and spas, Woodside will grow the management portfolio of premier Northern California properties with these new additions.

Anaheim Marriott Reveals Solar System

The Anaheim Marriott, which recently made a major investment in renewable energy, just activated a solar system in three portions of its hotel roof that currently fuels about one-third of the property’s 1,030 guest rooms.

The installation at Anaheim Marriott was implemented in partnership with SoCore Energy. The new system features 1,805 solar modules and is projected to produce 880,000 kilowatt hours of power per year. By having this new energy source, it reduces the hotel’s energy consumption equal to the elimination of a year’s greenhouse gas emissions from 131 vehicles.

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa Named No. 1 Best Hotel in California

The U.S. News & World Report has named Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa the No. 1 Best Hotel in California. They were also listed as one of the top ten hotels in the U.S.

"The award-winning hotels on the U.S. News Best Hotels rankings meet the standards of both everyday travelers and industry experts in offering exceptional customer service and luxury amenities," says Erin Shields, travel editor at U.S. News.

The rankings rely on luxury hotel and resort industry awards as well as expert and guest reviews to determine the list.

LACC Breaks Record for Waste Diversion

The Los Angeles Convention Center has partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council and Informa Exhibitions for a record-shattering 90.3 percent waste diversion rate at the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.

“Los Angeles is leading the way in sustainability,” says Kate Hurst, vice president of community advancement, conference and events. “It was ranked as the fourth major city in the United States for LEED-certified projects in 2016 and is part of the 100 million square feet club, which made it an ideal location to host the 15th annual Greenbuild.”

Meet Noni Hughes

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.

 Noni Hughes was recently hired as the general manager for Kimpton Hotel Vintage Portland in Portland, Ore.

1. What are you looking forward to in your new role as general manager of Kimpton Hotel Vintage Portland? 

Pechanga Resort & Casino Complete Executive Suite Remodel

Pechanga Resort & Casino has completed their renovations of 65 of their suites. The AAA Four Diamond resort reinvented 63 of their one-bedroom and executive suites in the Temecula, Calif.-based hotel.

“We reconfigured the suite floor plan to create a more dynamic, interesting and comfortable use of the square footage,” says Ann Fleming, lead designer, Cleo Designs who leaded the redesign. “We needed to make technology capabilities within the suites totally effortless for guests. It now feels completely built-in, like they were there all along.”

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