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November 23, 2016

Roundup: New Westin Milwaukee, Shade Hotel Redondo Beach

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The new Westin Milwaukee, Shade Hotel Rendodo Beach and new developments from PCMA and mia are the meetings industry headlines to watch today. 

Westin Milwaukee to Open June 2017

The Westin Milwaukee just celebrated its topping off ceremony ahead of its scheduled June 2017 opening date. 

The 220-room hotel will mark the first Westin property in Milwaukee, and it will have 9,000 square feet of adaptable meeting and event space. It will also have a new Italian Steakhouse restaurant, plus the brand’s signature wellness programs. RunWESTIN offers offers three- and five-mile running routes through scenic and historic neighborhoods with the Hotel’s Run Concierge, and the brand’s Gear Lending program in partnership with New Balance will also be available. 

All of the hotel’s accommodations will have the Westin Heavenly Bed, as well as the brand’s Heavenly Bath, Heavenly Shower, Heavenly Robe and White Tea Aloe bath amenities.

Visit starwoodhotels.com/westin

Now Open: Shade Hotel Redondo Beach

In California, the new Shade Hotel just celebrated its official grand opening. 

The 54-room boutique hotel has a standalone, three-level culinary building that spans 9,034 square feet and includes Sea Level, an upscale seafood restaurant focused on local California cuisine, on the first level. The second level of the building has a grand ballroom with floor to ceiling glass doors opening onto a terrace overlooking the marina and space for events of up to 250 people, and on the third level, a rooftop event space called Sky Level

Also on the property are an open-air rooftop pool and two conference rooms, the Green Room and Blu Room, each with a private lobby and patio with a view of the marina, collectively offering more than 1,500 square feet of event space.

Visit www.shaderb.com

Metro Toronto Convention Centre President and CEO Wins PCMA President’s Award

In association news, the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has awarded its first ever Canada East President's Award to Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) President and CEO Barry Smith. PCMA presented the award at the 2016 PCMA Canadian Innovation Conference in St John's, Newfoundland.

The new award, presented by PCMA Canada East Chapter President Chuck Schouwerwou, honors Barry for going above and beyond for the chapter as an industry role model who epitomizes PCMA values, the organization said in a statement announcing the award. The PCMA Canada East President's Award also recognizes recipients for their integral role on the Chapter President's journey and is awarded solely at the President's discretion. Heidi Welker, vice president of marketing at Freeman Audio Visual Canada, was also honored with the PCMA Canada East President's Award yesterday.

Visit www.pcma.org

Mia Offers Free Events Industry Intelligence

Finally, the Meetings Industry Association (mia) has announced it is offering non-members the chance to receive data from its intelligence tool, miaTouchstone, for 12 months free of charge. In a statement announcing the decision mia said the move is meant to support the sector following the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential elections. 

In an offer that will be strictly only available to those who register by December 9, 2016, and will see the usual annual £1,600 fee waived, organizations will be able to monitor monthly how many people attend conferences regionally and nationally, track business volumes such as sales, as well as benchmark their performance against their own competitive set.

miaTouchstone also provides wider economic data to allow the industry to assess and evaluate its direct impact on the sector, mia said. 

Visit http://www.mia-uk.org/research-library/

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