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Who's News for March 25, 2023

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Venue News

Hyatt Centric French Quarter New Orleans announces the completion of an extensive interior renovation, including a redesign of the lobby, guestrooms, meeting spaces, fitness center and the hotel’s food & beverage spaces. The stylish 254-room hotel is located adjacent to famed Bourbon Street and within walking distance of New Orleans’ most popular attractions. “Hyatt Centric French Quarter New Orleans has graciously welcomed guests since 2012, and this renovation preserves the hotel’s iconic landmark positioning near the Crescent City’s Canal and Bourbon streets. While creating stylish spaces for the modern traveler, Hyatt Centric French Quarter will become a respite for guests, during and well after, they connect with the magic of New Orleans,” says Travis Tague, general manager of Hyatt Centric French Quarter. 

People on the Move

A.C. Lighting Inc., distributor of world-class lighting and rigging technologies, announced Anthony Stofflet has joined the team as Brand Manager for the Luminex product line. Stofflet has over ten years of experience as a lighting designer working with technical brands, including Luminex, to train, design and consult on projects in the house of worship, theater, and entertainment markets. Stofflet will be responsible for managing the Luminex brand, working directly with Luminex on product development, marketing plans, training programs, tradeshow presence, and expanding A.C.’s network of dealers and pro-users across North America. 

Products on the Market

Thrust Carbon, the leading provider of sustainable software solutions for the travel industry, has launched Thrust Events. The powerful SaaS application is designed to bring sustainability reporting with ease to large M&E programs. Thrust Events enables agencies to accurately measure the emissions generated by their events and take steps to reduce their carbon footprint, while also giving end users their travel and events footprint in one place. Thrust Events has spent six months testing with two top-ten TMCs, who represent M&E programs of 20,000+ events. Using Thrust Events, event managers can quickly and easily input venue, attendees, and transportation data to generate a white-label client-friendly emissions report. Thrust Events is the first tool of its kind to move beyond reporting, providing actionable insights and recommendations, such as optimizing transportation, reducing food waste, and choosing more sustainable venues, to help event managers create more sustainable events. 

The Vendry announced the release of Copilot, the first-ever browser extension built to help event planners source venues and vendors. When a planner visits a venue or vendor’s website, Copilot will display a popup showing additional information about the business from its profile on The Vendry, such as recent press articles, events, accolades, and more. Planners can also use Copilot to save information about the venues and vendors they’re researching. They can add them to lists, write notes, upload files, and even request a proposal directly from the extension. 

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