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VisitDetroit.Com Earns Spot on Skift's List of World's 25 Best Tourism Board Websites

Cruise around greater Detroit and you’ll see plenty of promotion — from metro airport wall displays to highway billboards — spotlighting Motown as America’s greatest comeback city.

And, fortunately for meeting and event planners, the metro area’s tourism website also has evolved during these many years of economic rebirth and marketplace rebranding.

So it was good to see the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau staff all smiles this week after Skift named the visitdetroit.com website as one of the 25 best tourism board websites in the world for 2017.

Stephanie Kelly Joins Westin Southfield Sales Team

Stephanie Kelly joined the 388-room Westin Southfield Hotel and Executive Meeting Center as its new senior sales manager overseeing association, family reunion, government, multicultural and religious markets.

She brings 30 years of hospitality experience and earned numerous awards for outstanding sales performance.

GTR Earns Wine Spectator Honors

Grand Traverse Resort & Spa’s 16th-floor restaurant overlooks gorgeous sunsets and features one of the best aerial views in northern Michigan. Unless, that is, you’re lucky enough to view the Straits of Mackinac from atop the soaring Mackinac Bridge towers … but it’s sans food and beverage there.

 

That’s why GTR’s 16th floor always topped my go-to list of great northern Michigan venues for meetings and small events back in the day when I was planning lots of business-related activities.

Meet Kim Nevins

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.

Kim Nevins was recently hired as sales manager for The Hotel Landing in Wayzata, Minn.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as sales manager for The Hotel Landing?

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.

ILEA Member Inducted to CIC Hall of Leaders at IMEX America

Richard Aaron, CSEP Emeritus, MFA,  and member of the International Live Events AssociationI will be inducted into the Convention Industry Council Hall of Leaders at IMEX America, Oct. 18–20, in Las Vegas.

“Richard, for more than 40 years, has never once stopped offering up inspiration to every segment of our industry,” says Jodi Collen, CSEP, immediate past president, ILEA. “He is very deserving of the CIC Hall of Leaders Award, and we are proud to have him affiliated with ILEA.”

PRLA and PATT to host joint Tourism Summit

The Pennsylvania Association of Travel and Tourism and the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association have joined forces to host a 2016 Tourism Summit at the Skytop Lodge in the Poconos, Pa.

This partnership allows both organization to amp up energy, present enlightening educational sessions and provide vital networking opportunities.

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Wyndham Welcomes New VP

Today, Wyndham Group, based in Parsippany, N.J., welcome a new member to their team.

The organization hired Kathy Maher as senior vice president, global sales and revenue—an expanded role now in charge of the company’s global sales efforts.
 
Maher, who most recently served as senior vice president of revenue management, will be responsible for designing innovative sales strategies and leading a dynamic global team of more than 125 salespeople.

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