• Event Snapshot: 2014 Best of Minnesota Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2015 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshot: 2014 Best of Minnesota Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2015 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshot: 2014 Best of Minnesota Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2015 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshot: 2014 Best of Minnesota Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2015 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshot: 2014 Best of Minnesota Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2015 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshot: 2014 Best of Minnesota Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2015 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshot: 2014 Best of Minnesota Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2015 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshot: 2014 Best of Minnesota Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2015 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshot: 2014 Best of Minnesota Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2015 ISSUE
     

The meetings and events industry’s best, as voted by the readers of Minnesota Meetings + Events magazine, socialized, nibbled on passed appetizers, watched sushi boats ride the luge and sipped signature drinks on April 2 at WINDOWS on Minnesota at the Marquette Hotel. Twenty-two winners and seven Hall of Fame inductees received their awards in front of a crowd of 283 people. Winners ranged from veteran to firsttimers and included: Grand View Lodge, Hilton Minneapolis, Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center, Aria, CRAVE West End, Meet Minneapolis, Visit Brainerd, A Touch of Magic, Graddy Photography, metroConnections, AV for You, Minnesota State Fair, Paradise Charter Cruises and Minneapolis Queen, CRAVE Catering, MPI WEC 2014, Festivities, Luna Vinca, Madden’s on Gull Lake and Premier Transportation.

The CDC defines close contact as within six feet or less, for 15 minutes or more with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. At gatherings of many kinds, contact tracing is used to trace the people that someone has come into contact with, before they learn that they have tested positive. This allows the people that the sick person came into contact with to be aware of the situation, and to make health-informed choices. 

 

With restrictions across the country in a state of constant flux, not everyone is ready to jump back into meeting in person. While some planners are eager to get back to “normal,” the long-term adjustment to new protocols and potential risks make some hesitant to gather.

While wearing masks and social distancing can help keep attendees safe, intentional design choices—such as including natureinspired elements and materials and plenty of plants—can also help calm attendees.

 

In the wake of a total global crisis, the Meet Minneapolis team got to work. 

Connecting the Community

Last summer, as communities across the state reeled, the CVB launched the “We Need Us!” campaign as a rally cry and reminder on the importance of supporting the businesses that make Minneapolis so unique.

“It really came from this question of, ‘How can we support our community that’s hurting in so many ways and make locals feel comfortable making those choices?’” says senior vice president of destination branding & strategy Courtney Ries.