This past Memorial Day weekend, the Mall of America was abuzz when over 500 bloggers gathered for the Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX), the world’s largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers, new media content creators and social media travel industry professionals. Here, bloggers spent the weekend networking with one another, finding out how to keep their blogs relevant, and touring both the new and old gems of the Twin Cities.
There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned trivia game, and SocialPoint is putting a twist on a classic activity and making it a great fit for meeting and event planners. SocialPoint Audience Engagement is a software platform that allows guests to interact using trivia games, photo sharing, polls, Twitter voting and much more. Recognized by IBTM World in Europe as one of the top 10 new innovations in the global events industry, the software keeps guests engaged and having fun.
The first of its kind in the Twin Cities, Hop21 is a table tennis club and bar that doubles as an ace team-building outing. The 4,500-squarefoot space is fit for 20-125 guests. “Anybody can play; you don’t have to be a super athlete … that’s what’s great about pingpong,” says CEO and Chief Manager Max Vinogradov, a self-deemed pingpong amateur who grew up playing in Russia.
Breakfast cocktails. Need we say more? Yes, of course. Downtown Minneapolis’ Marin Restaurant & Bar—known for its upscale healthy plates from chef Mike Rakun—rolled out its Cheat Day Brunch menu in March, featuring decadent dishes and innovative drinks (because: weekend). The Morning ‘Rita is just one of the choice cocktails to complete your meal. The smokiness of the mezcal adds depth to the drink, differentiating it from your standard margarita, and the Sriracha salt rim adds a little heat that counters the sweet agave syrup.
The recently renovated Market House by D’Amico in the Minnesota History Center, just opened its doors on Sept. 20. Located near the entrance of the museum, the café features an updated design and a menu that focuses on fresh, local and healthy foods.
AC Hotel Minneapolis, a Marriott brand hotel, will open to guests in October of this year. The nine-story-hotel will have 245 guest rooms, more than 1,500 square feet of event space and AC Hotel’s signature lounge and bar, library and store.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Marriott to bring a modern lifestyle hotel to Minneapolis,” says Nate Gundrum, director, real estate development at Mortenson. “The new hotel is primed to become a preferred destination and meeting space for the next generation of travelers.”
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Rick Bertram was recently appointed to the board of directors at Meet Minneapolis.
Three hundred meeting and event professionals gathered at Aria on March 31 for MNM+E’s 14th annual Best of Minnesota awards. Guests walked the red carpet (sponsored by Canterbury Park Catering & Events), posed at the Snapz Photo Booth and sipped bubbly from an aerial bartender (sponsored by Roseville Visitors Association). Saltee filled the main room with live music.
Those looking for a glimpse into Prince’s private world are in luck—his family and special administrator for his estate are opening up the doors to his Chanhassen home Paisley Park for public tours on Oct. 6, 2016.
Millions of fans will be able to tour the 65,000-square-foot home, which will include a look into the Minnesota legend’s recording studio, rehearsal rooms, video editing suites, private NPG Music Club and concert hall where he rehearsed for tours and concert events.
HRI Properties, LLC has acquired DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis. Located at 1101 LaSalle Ave., the hotel is six blocks from HRI’s owned and managed Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis Downtown that will open this September HRI Lodging, LLC, a subsidiary of HRI, will manage the new property.