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5 Things to Know about the Hewing Hotel

The North Loop’s Hewing Hotel is officially open as of Nov. 17, 2016, occupying the historic Jackson Building. The 124-room luxury lifestyle hotel, an Aparium Hotel Group property, is unmistakably all-Minnesotan. There’s a lot of buzz going on around the hotel, the first in the neighborhood, but here are the must-knows you may not know yet:

Sweat it Out and Take Team-building to Another More Active Level

A new trend in team-building is afoot—and it involves endorphin-inducing sweat sessions. Physical activity engages both brain and body, encourages participants to take risks, bonds people together over a common goal, and has positive effects that endure long after the pulse has returned to its normal rate. Minnesota has no shortage of venues that specialize in heart-pounding experiences for all kinds of groups. Forget stuffy networking events or tepid get-to-know-you activities; it’s time to get your next gathering moving.

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IMEX America 2016 Breaks New Records

According to recently published figures, IMEX America 2016 has officially broken multiple records. The event, which was held Oct. 18–20, had an attendance increase of 14 percent from last year.

There was a 6 percent increase in the attendance of hosted buyers, making up 3,216 from 60 countries. About 10,000 buyers attended group appointments and prescheduled appointments were upwards of 60,000—far more than the numbers gathered in 2015.

Foodee Moves into the Minneapolis Culinary Scene

New to the B2B food concierge scene in Minneapolis is Foodee, a corporate meal delivery service bringing food from local favorites straight to the boardroom. Foodee makes it easy for companies to order from top local restaurants by offering a large variety of carefully curated menus through its online ordering platform.

Roaming Hunger Brings Food Truck Catering to the Office

Roaming Hunger makes it fast and simple for anyone to book the best food trucks around for any event, including company meetings. With more than 9,000 food truck vendors to choose from, the company just launched its new in-office food truck catering program that allows customers to order their favorites in advance and voila: Gourmet meals are delivered right to your meeting or luncheon. All you have to do is let them know how many to account for and what type of food you want 48 hours in advance.

Skyrock Farm & Carousel is a Hidden Gem Waiting to be Discovered

At first, Skyrock Farm & Carousel looks like any other farm on the winding country road. Horses grazing beside the barns and a yellow farmhouse are the picture of rural charm. Only a miniature train track offers a hint that this isn’t a typical homestead. But waiting inside the event space are horses of a different kind. Step inside and be transported to a Parisian street carnival from the 1900s, where ornate organs and carousels of every size create a grand visual and musical feast worthy of a museum.

Meet Allan Law, The Sandwich Guy

Allan Law, a 32-year veteran in the Minneapolis Public School system, founded Minneapolis Recreation Development in 1967. Law made the program with a focus to feed and provide emergency assistance to as many people in need as possible. Since then, he has volunteered more than 175,000 hours, and has personally spent almost $500,000 serving the poor and homeless in the Minneapolis area.

Event Profile: 2016 Travel Blog Exchange

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.

SocialPoint Audience Engagement Platform Brings Trivia to the Table

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.

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