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Who’s News for March 11, 2023

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The MOTO Museum, which houses a collection of rare, vintage motorcycles, has recently renovated The Smith, an event venue space inside that holds 450 people seated or 1,000 standing in a 7,500 square-foot primary event space, and is an eccentric backdrop for one-of-a-kind parties, showers, corporate events, and weddings. The venue space has interchangeable walls with the option of light paneling or dark wood, chandeliers, a garage door, and wedding-specific motorcycles couples can ride in on and/or use for guest photo ops. 

The Kinney SLO has completed a long-awaited transformation to become The Wayfarer San Luis Obispo. The second Wayfarer hotel concept to date (the first opened in DTLA in 2020), The Wayfarer SLO invites guests to experience its refreshed guestrooms and newly rebranded restaurant and bar, Schoolyard Burgers & Brew. Tapping into the classic college experience, property highlights include: 100 boutique, Cal Poly-inspired rooms tap into the nostalgia of college days; eatery Schoolyard, which offers an elevated twist on pub-style classics from smash burgers to boozy milkshakes and hyper-local beers on tap; a year-round heated pool, fitness center with Peleton bikes, outdoor patio with firepits, classic games from shuffleboard to Scrabble and Skee-Ball, and weekly happenings like Trivia Nights; and 2,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, the hotel’s two event venues include The Library, accommodating up to 100 guests, and The Gallery, which accommodates up to 60 guests and can be expanded to invite the California sunshine in with an adjoining private patio. 

People on the Move

EUROPALCO, the largest provider of solutions for events and shows in Southern Europe, has appointed Nélio Lima and Miguel Oliveira to the role of technical directors. With over 19 years in the industry and over 12 of those with Europalco, Nélio has in-depth knowledge in various areas of video and networks as well as in audio, rigging and lightning. At Europalco, he coordinates the technical areas and is also involved in commercial and project management, making decisions about future investments and their integration into Europalco. Miguel, on the other hand, has 32 years of experience in the industry. He joined the Portuguese company in 2017 as head of the Video department, managing all AV teams, assessing, and testing new technologies and supporting the Sales department. Later, in 2021 he was promoted to project manager. 

Hot off the Press

Instawork, the leading flexible staffing solution for local, hourly professionals, released a State of Hospitality Staffing Report. Overall, the report showed leaders are approaching the future with a mix of optimism and uncertainty. One important finding was that “roughly three-quarters of hospitality businesses say they were able to focus on their core business in 2022, as opposed to just half in 2021.” To read the full report click here

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