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Who's News in Special Events for June 10, 2021

Special events business news

Hot Off the Presses

Paruzal Games, the Denver-based, live-hosted, online escape room company announced today the release of The Party Won’t Wait, a fun-filled escape room challenge set in, of all places, a business conference. This game was a popular title as part of Paruzal’s spring 2021 virtual escape room tournament and has just been released for all players to enjoy. 

GROW.HOUSE's Bitcoin 2021 party, held at David Grutman's Story Nightclub, featured G-Eazy and Questlove were seen performing, as well as the newly launched cannabis NFT game's newest ambassador, Fetty Wap. GROW.HOUSE is a Farmville-like game, where users can grow digital cannabis, earn $GROW tokens, collect NFTs, and learn about yield farming. Within the game users can plant NFT cannabis flowers, earn $GROW tokens, and use in-game assets to beautify farms. Users can also plant cryptocurrencies in our yield farms, where they can earn yield rewards. Players can choose to work together or alone and do their part to live, play, and GROW in the Cannaverse world.The game is made for mass consumer adoption, taking the social gaming elements of Farmville and combining them with the revolutionary aspects of Yield Farming to bring DeFi to the masses in a fun gamified way. . During GROW.HOUSE's Bitcoin 2021 party, held at David Grutman's Story Nightclub, featured G-Eazy and Questlove were seen performing, as well as the newly launched cannabis NFT game's newest ambassador, Fetty Wap.  

Groups360 and Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced the global launch of GroupSync Engage, the hospitality industry’s first integrated direct booking solution for group room blocks, across the majority of the Hilton portfolio. Incorporated into Hilton’s central reservation system, GroupSync, which will begin rolling out globally this month, will provide event planners with the ability to view real-time availability and book guest room blocks for small groups at 5,000 hotels within Hilton’s global portfolio. Hotel companies that deploy GroupSync Engage offer a breakthrough instant booking solution for meeting and event planners to book guest rooms and event space at their properties. By giving group organizers a view into real-time inventory availability and group room rates, GroupSync simplifies the experience for approximately two-thirds of the RFPs seeking basic information for event planning purposes. GroupSync Engage also provides planners with the opportunity to book guest rooms, event space - or both - securely online.     

Bizzabo, the world's leading event success platform, today announced its acquisition of, the powerful artificial intelligence scheduling tool. automates the most tedious parts of meetings by generating compatible times to meet across time zones, sending follow-ups and reminders, and managing cancellations. Bizzabo’s integration of’s scheduling engine will make it easy for event participants to make meaningful connections at virtual, in-person and hybrid events — powering both the discovery of who should meet as well as when and how. Founded in 2014, has assembled one of the biggest meeting scheduling datasets in the world. Their scheduling engine compares preferences and availability to find a time to meet — instantly. In 2020,’s user base grew 363% with a 182% growth in the number of meetings scheduled each month. 

Products on the Market

In order to make deliveries more effectively, rental companies need to improve communication between three groups of people: dispatchers, drivers, and customers. No matter what tools they use to talk to coworkers, rental teams who don’t talk to clients are more likely to deliver orders to the wrong places at the wrong times. Customers get upset, time gets wasted, and businesses lose money. FleetUp and Alert have partnered to improve communication between rental companies and customers. FleetUp integrates into Alert’s software to automate the most important parts of the delivery process, giving dispatch, drivers, and customers real-time shipment GPS locations and ETAs. FleetUp, the mobility industry’s premier telematics provider, and Alert, the rental industry’s most comprehensive software provider, deeply understand customer needs. In a space that’s increasingly automated, many technology providers forget that the ultimate goal of automation is to help people – the employees businesses depend on and the customers businesses serve. 

People on the Move

Susan Davis International, a full-service international special events and public relations agency, has brought on Spencer E. Geissinger as Vice President. At SDI, Geissinger will lead the Event Management and Business Development practices as well as spearhead the agency's go-to market strategies as the country opens back up from the COVID-19 pandemic. He has held senior roles in multiple political campaigns, a Governor's office, the White House, the Department of State, and, most recently, in multiple leadership positions in the private sector. 

Resort at Squaw Creek, a luxury Lake Tahoe resort based in California’s Olympic Valley, announces David Lockard as general manager.  Lockard joins the property from Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine in San Diego. Lockard began his career with Hyatt in 1995 as a stewarding supervisor at Hyatt Regency Beaver Creek in Colorado.  Throughout his tenure, he has held a variety of positions ranging from food and beverage manager to director of operations.  Lockard has served as general manager at multiple properties including Hyatt Centric Park City in Utah and Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine.  He returns to the Lake Tahoe community after having served as director of food and beverage at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino more than a decade ago. 

Turtle Bay Resort has named Clayton van Hooijdonk to the position of resort manager for this landmark property situated on Oahu’s legendary North Shore. The resort is currently being reimagined and will open on July 1, 2021. A well-rounded hospitality leader with more than 20 years of experience working in luxury hotel properties, van Hooijdonk will oversee the resort’s guest-facing operations, including its new restaurants, bars, amenities, and immersive new guest experiences. Previously, van Hooijdonk served as director of food and beverage for the acclaimed Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, California, where he oversaw the property’s multi-million dollar F&B operation. Before his role at Pelican Hill, van Hooijdonk served as director of food and beverage at The Montage Beverly Hills as well as the Intercontinental Miami in Florida. For nearly a decade prior, he was executive chef at Ritz-Carlton properties including The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne in Florida; The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain in Arizona; and The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common in Massachusetts. 

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