Lynda Simonetti
Lynda Simonetti joins the Waldorf Astoria Chicago.

Who’s News in Special Events for Oct. 12, 2017

Special events business news this week includes a new events manager at the Waldorf Astoria in Chicago.

Waldorf Astoria Chicago has welcomed Lynda Simonetti as the private restaurant events manager for both MINA Group culinary concepts in the hotel: Margeaux Brasserie and Petit Margeaux. Simonetti will leverage her local knowledge of Chicago and experience to coordinate and promote all events, servicing local patrons and global travelers alike.

Big DMC CSI, based in Washington and included on the latest Special Events “25 Top DMCs,” has acquired marquee Las Vegas-based DMC Baskow and Associates. Also, Rachel Carey has been named vice president of national accounts for CSI.

Las Vegas-based DMC network Hosts Global yesterday announced the rollout of its member-driven initiative to raise standards for DMCs within Hosts’ global alliance. The company is included on the latest Special Events “25 Top DMCs.”  The additional standards push Hosts’ up a level, an intentional move to showcase the significant quality of membership and to ensure consistent delivery of best in class destination management services worldwide, the company says.

Event Pros Take Action, the hands-on event industry group that aids people in need, has announced a trip to Houston to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey. The team plans to work Nov. 9-12. Learn more here.

Lowe and Behold of Orlando, Fla., announced Monday that is has acquired all assets of Max King Events, also in Orlando. The acquisition provides Lowe and Behold, which specializes in floral and design services for the social event market, with a full inventory and delivery capability of themed entertainment staging and scenery for the corporate event market, according to a statement from Lowe and Behold founder Randy Lowe.

ILEA announced Tuesday that ILEA Live 2019 will take place in Minneapolis Aug. 8-10. The headquarters hotel will be the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.

“Time spent in transit” is the most challenging aspect of business travel, according to a new report released today by the GBTA Foundation--the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association. Layovers, changing a flight or train reservation mid-trip, the work environment while traveling and preparing expense reports also topped the list of most challenging aspects for North American business travelers.

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