Allison Fraser has been named general manager of the 826-room Hilton Minneapolis, the largest hotel in Minnesota featuring 90,000 square feet of meeting space. Mostly recently, she served as GM of Hilton Toronto Airport, leading the hotel through a multi-million-dollar renovation while also overseeing the hotel’s sister property, Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Airport. A hospitality industry veteran with more than 35 years of experience, Fraser’s work has taken her to seven countries with employment in business hotels, luxury island resorts and prestigious historic mountain lodges. 

McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus has announced one promotion and two new hires. 

  • Sari Brouwer, McNamara’s sales manager for the last seven years, has been promoted to team leader. Her new title is director of sales and events. Her predecessor, Amy Leyden, spent the last 22 years in the role of team leader and is shifting to part-time but continues to market the venue. 
  • Wil McMillen has been hired as McNamara's A/V technician. He worked on campus at the Humphrey School and brings experience in the areas of video, audio, virtual streaming and lighting. 
  • Maddy Mowrey was hired last fall as event coordinator and has an event operations background from previously working for Feed My Starving Children and facilitating their MobilePack events across the U.S. In her new role, Mowrey helps clients coordinate dinners, conferences, galas and other special events.

 

Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) is ranked No. 1 in the country for mega airports in terms of customer satisfaction in the 2022 North American Airport Satisfaction Survey by research firm J.D. Power. Mega airports see more than 33 million passengers annually.

The study, conducted between August 2021 and July 2022, gauged traveler satisfaction in terminal facilities; airport arrival/departure; baggage claim; security checkpoints; check-in/baggage check; and food, beverage, and retail. More than 26,000 recent travelers completed the survey.

 

Guacaya Bistreaux, in the heart of Minneapolis’ North Loop, is a Latin Caribbean restaurant with Louisiana flare. As one of few Latin-owned joints in the neighborhood, the restaurant is a dream come true for Pedro Wolcott, chef and owner. 

 

When it comes to exploring a city, traveling by car offers only occasional glimpses of local bars and niche hotspots for activities and events. However, going on foot can look deeper into the fabric of a community—and Depot Adventures’ Bar and Walking Tours in the Twin Cities does just that.