February 2017 Print

News to Know

 

EIGHT NEW RESTAURANTS OPENING UP IN DOWNTOWN BATON ROUGE

 
   
Inspired by Albert Einstein, The Washington Journal focused on innovation and imagination at its 10th annual Book of Lists party. The party featured innovative menu items such as watermelon sushi and espresso-crusted beef. They were also sure to include interactive technology stations like the Google Tilt that allowed guests to do virtual painting.
 

DREAM CARNIVAL DREAM, NEW ORLEANS’ LARGEST CRUISE SHIP, GETS A MAKEOVER

The Carnival Dream has returned to sea after a renovation that added new food and beverage concepts in addition to interior upgrades. The Dream, which is based in New Orleans, resumed its year-round schedule of seven-day Caribbean cruises Sunday (Feb. 12) following a two-week renovation, according to a Carnival news release.
 

GRAMMY AWARDS 2017: THE MOST EYE-CATCHING IDEAS FROM THE WEEK’S BIGGEST PARTIES

Beyond the action from the main stage at the 59th annual event at Los Angeles’s Staples Center, there was also much to discuss from the party scene around town on the big night and in the days leading up to the show.

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MPI Gulf States Past Events

JANUARY 2017: CELEBRATING 20 YEARS! TRENDS & PREDICTIONS IN THE MEETING INDUSTRY

Michael Dominguez, Chief Sales Officer from MGM Resorts International, joined us for a state of the industry talk that included predictions of business trends from both a planner and supplier point of view.

 

FEBRUARY 2017: NETWORKING EVENT AT MOTHER’S NEXT DOOR

 

 

 

For more pictures from past MPI Gulf States events, go to http://mpigulfstates.org/gallery.php.
If you have pictures from past MPI Gulf State events that you want to share, send them to courtneydubbin@livenation.com.

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Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities

LOCK IN YOUR REDUCED WEBSITE AD RATE FOR 2017!

Click HERE to review the sponsorship and advertising opportunities, and feel free to contact us at any time for more information.

Our Chapter Sponsorship & Advertising Packet includes information about how you can partner with us in 2016 to promote your brand and showcase your business to more than 170 MPI Gulf States members. As you may know, our chapter has been recognized globally out of more than 70 chapters worldwide in being No. 1 for Chapter Leadership, No. 2 for Chapter Education and No. 3 for Overall Chapter Engagement. There’s no better time for you to get involved and extend your reach to planners and suppliers in the entire Gulf States region. 

 

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Member News & Recognition

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!

We are pleased to welcome the following new members to our Gulf States Chapter! 

Beth Bares, New Orleans Golf Management
Brianna Bell Roussell, New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau
Joyce Howard-Washington, Divalicious Catering & Event Planning
Kathleen McCulla, Ochsner Health System
Katie Poche, AlliedPRA
Jo Schernbeck, River City Venues at Mardi Gras World
Aquila Simmons

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As a member of MPI you will have the opportunity to connect with all 18,500 members around the world through the exclusive member benefit "MyMPI", our online member community.

Join at www.mpiweb.org/join and use FacebookMPIin2016 before 10/31 to save $50.


 

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF MPI


MPI Gulf States Chapter has kicked off 2017 by celebrating our 20th anniversary. We will be celebrating throughout the year!  


 

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT


 

MEMBER SHOUT OUTS

ACCESS New Orleans Wins ADMEI Award
ACCESS is proud to announce ACCESS New Orleans recently won the 2017 Cultural and Tradition Integration Excellence Award at the recent ADMEI Awards. The Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI) announced their 2017 winners at the ADMEI Awards Gala in Barcelona, Spain earlier this month.
Jill DiMarco and Shelley Pigeon, Partners – ACCESS New Orleans, shared: "It’s such an honor to be recognized by ADMEI for the meaningful experiences we try to create for our clients every single day."
Chris Lee, CEO of ACCESS Destination Services, shares: "We are very proud of ACCESS New Orleans for winning this award. Here at ACCESS, we value our standards and high level of services, so we are glad ADMEI recognized ACCESS New Orleans for all their great work."
Over the past 12 months, ACCESS has been making headlines with numerous awards including making the Inc 5000 Fastest Growing Companies list for the fourth consecutive year and being named Hospitality Partner of the Year by HPN Global for the second consecutive year.
If you have any member shout outs you’d like to add to our next newsletter please email courtneydubbin@livenation.com.

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Upcoming Events

CHAPTER EVENTS

Thursday, March 11, 11 a.m.
Fairground Race Course and Slots
Better, Smarter & More Strategic Events: A Guide to Planning and Managing Events with Purpose
Discover key trends that are impacting the way brands communicate, what this means for events and how you can translate your client’s commitments into tangible actions through a sustainable event strategy.
Thursday, April 20
Audubon Zoo-Swamp Exhibit Cajun Pavilion
MPI, NACE & ILEA Team Up for a Joint Celebration of Global Meetings Industry Day!

 

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Our Partners

MANY THANKS TO OUR OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHER, RENTAL, LANYARD AND AV SPONSORS

We are pleased to call Pat Garin the Gulf States Chapter’s official photographer, Event Rental our official Rental Sponsor, NOMTN our offical lanyard sponsor, and PSAV our official Audio/Visual Sponsor! Many thanks to these companies for your contribution to our success!

MPI GULF STATES 2016 CHARITY

Launched by the Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association (GMOHLA) in May 2016, Feed the Need NOLA was created to provide meals to those in need for people in the Greater New Orleans community. In today’s economic uncertainty, shelters across the country are feeling the financial burden of keeping their doors open. Feed the Need NOLA has partnered up with local shelters such as the New Orleans Mission and St. Jude Community Center to help bring approximately 200 meals per week to tables across the city; saving the shelters an estimated $50,000, annually. Each week, Feed the Need NOLA will partner up with a different hotel or local business to prepare, deliver and serve meals to those in need. Feed the Need NOLA provides a wonderful opportunity for locals in the hospitality industry to help give back to their community in a big way while helping save thousands of dollars for the local non-profits.

"Many families are struggling to make ends meet and programs such as Feed the Need NOLA will go a long way in making a difference" said David Teich, Windsor Court Hotel General Manager and GNOHLA Board President. Other current GNOHLA programs include volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, scholarships, the Tourism Tee Off Golf Tournament and the Education Foundation.

For more information about Feed the Need NOLA, visit www.gnohla.com/feedtheneednola.html contact Mavis Early at 504-525-2264 or David Teich at 504-596-4780.

 

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