• Major Association Conference to be Held in Bloomington in 2023

    POSTED July 8, 2022

The Bloomington, Minnesota Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) announced plans to host next year’s National Education Conference (NEC) in Bloomington from June 2-8, 2023. Some 350-400 government meeting planners will attend the conference, which will take place at Radisson Blu Mall of America. The news was announced during the 2022 conference in Pittsburgh, Penn.

SGMP’s membership consists of nearly 2,000 government planners and suppliers and is divided up into 19 chapters across the country, including Minnesota’s Northern Lights chapter. The organization provides training, development, and networking opportunities to members throughout the year, especially at the signature NEC event. Plans for NEC include the Certification of Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) course and exam, annual Sam Gilmer Awards Dinner, and educational sessions for government meeting professionals.

NEC attendees will stay at Radisson Blu Mall of America, connected to Mall of America by skyway. Mall of America’s 520-plus stores, 50-plus restaurants, and over a dozen attractions are big draws for visitors to Bloomington, along with the destination’s light rail connection to downtown Minneapolis and Saint Paul, central location, and 40-plus hotels. Bloomington’s many parks and nature areas are especially popular during the warm summer months, with activities including hiking, biking, fishing, water sports, and more.

Radisson Blu Mall of America and Bloomington’s other hotel properties cater to the government meetings market with a per diem rate of $148. Government meetings are essential for connecting public sector professionals, making their organizations more effective in partnering with the private sector, and increasing governmental efficiency.


New concept Everywhen Burger Bar debuts.

Centro Restaurant Group opened its latest multi-concept bar and restaurant on August 4. The 15,000-square-foot location is home to the group’s second Centro—an abbreviated version of Vivir and its newest concept Everywhen Burger Bar.


At Chankaska Creek Ranch, Winery & Distillery, the biggest allure isn’t the event center, where hundreds can mingle under its rafters, lofted ceiling, and two-tiered chandeliers. It’s not the barrel room, where up to 75 guests can converse amid the barrels lining the walls. Nor is it the myriad other spaces, including the creek-side tent with its floor-to-ceiling paned windows or the rustic atmosphere of the spirits room with its corrugated metal bar and pendant chandelier. 


Triton Hospitality Group has acquired The Marquette Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton in downtown Minneapolis and has appointed Evolution Hospitality as manager of the property. Based in Santa Monica, California, Triton was founded in 2021 by hospitality and investment veterans John Murphy and David Parsky to acquire underperforming hotel assets.