• Hospitality Hero Award Presented to Sinisa Djukic

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     

    Sinisa Djukic, a banquet manager at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot, with Stuart McKay, director of food and beverage.

Sinisa Djukic, a banquet manager at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot, has been named the Hospitality Hero award winner for first quarter by Meet Minneapolis, Convention and Visitors Association. “We receive comments after every single event about how much Sinisa was the perfect backbone to the group’s success,” says Managing Director Michael Clark. “By creating a welcoming environment for guests, Sinisa leaves a lasting impression that encompasses Minneapolis’ hospitable nature. His faithfulness continues to impress visitors, he leads the team effectively, and his role is essential to the Renaissance.”

Clark notes that clients often rebook because of Djukic’s dedication to his job; he is known to go in on his day off to ensure all is running smoothly for events. Djukic turns “transactions into memorable experiences” for the clients and guests, making hospitality a priority for every interaction. 

The expansive Grand View Lodge is getting even bigger. Two-ish hours from Minneapolis, the resort is appealing to planners with its new hotel and conference center it’s planning as part of its $30 million expansion. The 60-room boutique hotel—simply called North—is situated to become the perfect venue for groups looking to escape the city.

 

After four generations of Ruttger family ownership, the historic Lake Bemidji resort is now under new ownership. Mark and Karrie Nelson purchased Ruttger’s Birchmont Lodge at the conclusion of the 2017/18 season and will be expanding the property into a year-round resort.

The couple, who bring ten years of experience from previous ownership of a family resort on Cass Lake, plan to re-brand Ruttger’s as an upscale, year-round family vacation destination and retreat venue.

 

A historic landmark property has been completely overhauled and transformed into a new charming Midwest meeting place.