• Radisson Blu’s “Water Bar” Takes H2O to a Whole New Level

     
    FROM THE Fall 2017 ISSUE
     

    Thirst for Health

Inspired when he saw a Broadway Instructor with a water bottle infuser featuring lemon and rosemary, Radisson Blu Mall of America’s Allen Plante, director of banquets and events, realized water could be enhanced with a selection of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. After some preliminary research, Plante discovered the amazing health benefits behind specialty water, thus creating Radisson’s very own “Water Bar,” also known as the H2O Mixology Bar. 

A majority of the ingredients for the drinks at Radisson’s H2O Mixology Bar are locally sourced. Additionally, the water boasts many health benefits, from relieving headaches to helping digestion and increasing metabolism. The goal was to develop an offering that best served the hotel’s meetings attendees and ensured their minds would remain focused and clear throughout the day.

Not only does Radisson Blu serve specialized H2O, but its approach to food and beverage offerings is innovative as well as memorable. With the “unique grab and go” trend taking off, Radisson has found its own method of bold and creative service. A current favorite is the “Pails on the Fence,” which offers guests stainless steel pails that are attached to a sectioned chain-link fence in the center of the room, creating a vertical, 360-degree buffet for when guests break from a session or meeting. 

The H2O Mixology Bar can be used by meetings groups at any time during the day and is perfect for any type of event. Larger groups can select four recipes, and those recipes will be ready once the group breaks from their meeting or event. Guest can choose from a selection of recipes or create their own. Mixologist will create the beverages while also explaining the health benefits of each. All guests will receive a complimentary water bottle so they can take the experience home with them and be reminded to return.

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.

 

Minnesota offers vibrant autumn color and provides a kaleidoscopic backdrop for your event.

New England often gets the most credit for its spectacular fall color, but many rank Minnesota in the top tier for seasonal beauty, making fall an ideal time for meetings anywhere in the state. From the North Shore of Lake Superior to the Twin Cities and Rochester, there are a variety of venues with ideal seasonal settings that can cater to groups of all sizes. 

Duluth

 

Experience Rochester MN appointed Angie Richards to the position of vice president of sales. She previously held the position of area director of sales for Avra Hospitality in Rochester, Minn. 

Richards will lead Experience Rochester MN’s sales team, which is responsible for the booking of meetings, conventions, and other events at Mayo Civic Center as well as group sales for the entire city.