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Meet Andrea Vieyra

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Andrea Vieyra was recently hired as director of sales and marketing for The Hotel Landing in Wayzata, Minn.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role at The Hotel Landing in downtown Wayzata?

AC Hotel Bloomington Mall of America Soon to Join South Loop

AC Hotels by Marriott will open their second Minnesota property in Bloomington at Mall of America in  mid-February 2017. 

Zombie-Escape Puzzles Keep Teams Together Through Apocalyptic Activities

For a team-building exercise that’s off the beaten path, Trapped in a Room with a Zombie provides an hour’s worth of puzzles, problem-solving, communication and yes, a zombie, to your next corporate event. 

FOCI Minnesota Center for Glass Art Offers Group Classes

Glassblowing is one of those art forms that people appreciate, but think they could never do it themselves. FOCI Minnesota Center for Glass Art, a nonprofit glass studio and education center, wants to change that.

FOCI’s mission is to engage the Minnesota community in the study and appreciation of glass arts, accommodating beginners to experts enrolling in one of its many classes. For those just starting out, Office Manager Kelly Nezworski suggests the Glass Discovery or Crash Course classes first. 

How to Offer More Impactful Conference Content

What is the ideal length for a keynote presentation? What about a breakout session at your conference? During the event planning process you are trying to fill the time, but is that the best approach? 

Conference planners usually ask speakers to deliver keynotes ranging from 40-90 minutes. For breakouts, 60-90 minutes is the norm. This is such a common practice that it forces speakers to create content to fill the time, instead of offering the most impactful message possible.

Hot Dogs, and Italian Beef and Chocolate Cake, Oh My!

Minnesotans, get excited. The tantalizing menu at Portillo’s—Chicago’s fast casual restaurant that serves Chicago-style cuisine—will now be available in Woodbury. The restaurant will be located at 8450 Hudson Road. They are set to begin construction in the coming months and are slated for a summer 2017 opening—the perfect seasons for hot dogs, a menu favorite.

MetroConnections Director of Tour Guide Services Given NCA Award

Tracy DeJong, director of tour guide services for metroConnections, has been honored with the 2016 National Concierge Association Affiliate Volunteer of the Year Award. DeJong is also a board member of the Minnesota Chapter of the NCA. Previously, she was co-chair of the fundraising committee for NCA’s Minnesota Chapter.

“Tracy DeJong is a public relations asset,” says David Graves, president and CEO, metroConnections. “She works hard at getting out into the industry and showcasing metroConnections. We appreciate her efforts and congratulate her on this well-deserved award.”

All About Wine: Nectar of the Gods

Wine means a lot of things to a lot of people. For some it’s a hobby, for others it’s religious. For some it’s just a type of alcohol, for others it’s a lifestyle. Some may find it unappetizing, while others swear they couldn’t live without it. 

But we can all agree on one thing—wine has been around for centuries, enjoyed all over the world by all groups of people, and it’s not going anywhere. 

So, it’s a no-brainer to host an event where you can toast, taste and sip wine.

The Commons Hotel In Minneapolis Offers Big Rewards For Small Meetings

The Commons Hotel, located in Minneapolis on the University of Minnesota campus, announced their newest offering: Small Meetings = Big Rewards. The new program is a way to entice planners to hold meetings with 10–100 room nights through March 31, 2017.

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