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Who's News for February 11, 2021

Special events business news.

The Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort announced today that Sunni Dupree has been appointed as general manager of Hotel Effie Sandestin. The property opened on February 1, offering an unparalleled experience that exemplifies genuine Southern hospitality and exceptional service wrapped in comfortable luxury that feels like coming home.  

Event Tech Live, traditionally an in-person show held in London each November, was converted to a fully virtual experience that featured about 100 educational sessions plus 70 tech-product demos. In late January, 10 weeks after the event concluded, show management announced the launch of another version of the show aimed at the needs of event planners in North America.

On June 8-9, ETL USA & Canada will take place as a virtual event and have roughly as many educational sessions and product demos as the original ETL, copying a format focused on solutions that can help event organizers host events through the pandemic and after. Aimed at expo organizers, event agencies, and corporate and association meeting planners, ETL USA & Canada will broadcast live sessions from the U.K from two stages, and use a third stage to produce event highlights, interviews, and tech trials. June event’s daily schedule will be on Central Standard Time in the U.S. There is no fee for planners to attend.

On February 18th, Hennessy X.O presents the X.O OX Experience, a Lunar New Year virtual event to usher Year of the Ox. Centered around themes of hope and resilience, the digital experience will feature captivating performances from renowned musicians, culinary luminaries, and dynamic artists to inspire a sense of optimism for the year to come and support Asian American small businesses impacted by the pandemic.  

  • Henry Golding, Hennessy’s global ambassador, will host the event, with Internet personality AtomicMari enlisted as special correspondent.  
  • Filmmaker & restauranteur Eddie Huang will share his favorite Lunar New Year dish with audiences, paired with inspired Hennessy X.O and V.S.O.P Privilège cocktails demonstrated by mixologist Cari Hah.  
  • Special performances from renowned musicians Jay ParkDumbfoundeadYear of the Ox, and MILCK, along with a dynamic dance routine from Kinjaz, will culminate the evening’s festivities. 
  • In the spirit of resiliency, Hennessy has pledged $250,000 to support small businesses impacted by the pandemic as part of the brand’s Unfinished Business initiative, and is encouraging viewers to support local businesses and help raise awareness for the communities hardest hit. 

Hennessy’s X.O OX Experience takes place on Thursday, Feb. 18th at 9pm EST at 


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