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Who's News in Special Events for October 21, 2021

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JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa is currently unveiling a multi-million dollar redesign, delivering a new level of luxury in the desert, transforming into a modern oasis, steeped with desert-inspired elements. Located in Palm Desert, the resort is set on 450 acres of vibrant desert gardens, breathtaking mountain views and signature lakes. This reinvention also includes the debut of The Sinatra Ballroom, the largest indoor event space in the Greater Palm Springs area at 25,000 sq. ft. 

Odyssey Resorts announced today the company will manage the Lutsen Sea Villas, a collection of more than 50 one and two-story townhomes located a few steps from the waters of Lake Superior. With the announcement, Odyssey Resorts now operates a portfolio of seven premier resorts along the North Shore. Guests can now book reservations for stays beginning Nov. 15, 2021.   

The historic La Venta Inn in Palos Verdes Estates, California officially reopens under the leadership of its new operator, Megan Walker, CEO and Executive Chef of Southern California’s esteemed catering company, Made by Meg. As operator, Walker has led the revitalization and interior refresh of the beloved property, as well as established Made By Meg as the exclusive caterer at La Venta Inn. With the goal of revitalizing  La Venta Inn’s classic beauty, all while accommodating popular preferences for modern weddings and events, Walker tapped local interior designer, Dannielle Albrecht of Dannielle Albrecht Designs, to create the property’s luxurious, yet understated, new interior design. As the 98-year-old property begins its next chapter, Walker intends to continue La Venta’s legacy of hosting idyllic seaside nuptials and events, with exquisite custom catering, for generations to come.  

Hot Off the Prresses

Greater Women’s Business Council (GWBC), a leading organization that enhances the competitive value of women business enterprises, announced that The Special Event Company has been named a nominee for the 2021 Pivot Award. The Company was selected as a nominee after submitting a video of CEO, Sally Webb, CSEP, explaining how the company incorporated innovative ways to sustain the business by adding a new virtual communications service to their event offerings. The broadcast studio (The Studio) produces essential business communications to enable customers to effectively reach their clients, staff and stakeholders virtually. The addition of The Studio has allowed The Special Event Company to become a one stop shop to produce creative, innovative experiences which empowers organizations to leverage their communications with internal or external audiences, keeping a focus on their brand without straining their budgets.  

David Tutera just recently wrapped up his fifth annual DAVIDTUTERA Experience this past September 14-16 in the beautifully scenic Hotel Viking in Newport, Rhode Island.  Unlike any other conference or summit, the annual DAVIDTUTERA Experience brings event planners and entrepreneurs from around the world to join together for three days of immersive education and events that address best practices and timely industry challenges. The David Tutera Experience was a unique opportunity for event planners to connect with other like-minded professionals, address industry trends and challenges, and learn actionable tips to grow their businesses.  

Main Street Events, a leader in fashion apparel trade shows, announces the launch of its ILOE STUDIOS – Las Vegas event to be held adjacent to WWIN at the new, state-of-the-art Caesars Forum Conference Center during Las Vegas Fashion Week, February 14 – 17, 2022.  ILOE STUDIOS – Las Vegas is a unique fashion trade show experience focused on the relationships between the better contemporary fashion brands and their retail customers. Buyers and brands alike will enjoy an environment that encourages productivity and fosters collaboration. 

Responding to a membership that has expressed concerns over attending an in-person summit in 2021, the Event Safety Alliance today announced the postponement of the 2021 event to March 22-24, 2022 on the campus of Rock Lititz in Lititz, Pennsylvania.  As a thank you to its membership, the alliance is offering a 15% discount on in-person registrations through December 31, 2021. Registration to attend the 2021 Event Safety Summit, either in-person or virtually, can be found at

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