Scott Sloan Selected to Direct Saint Kate, The Arts Hotel, in Milwaukee
Saint Kate, Milwaukee’s first-of-its kind independent arts hotel, announced today the appointment of luxury hospitality veteran Scott Sloan as general manager.
Preparing for a spring opening, Sloan will be the mastermind behind all daily operations of the 219-room arts destination. This includes managing all pre-opening and opening activities, overseeing the creation of three new restaurants, leading over 170 passionate team members, collaborating with community influencers and artists, and shaping experiential moments for all those who visit Saint Kate.
Leveraging a career dedicated to crafting unforgettable memories for guests at various luxury and independent boutique hotels across the U.S., Sloan’s passion for the arts runs deep, dating back to his childhood and his great love for music.
“I grew up in a family that appreciated the beauty of the arts, and I have cultivated that same passion within my own family. Saint Kate excites me because it is not just an arts hotel, but a true creative destination that everyone will be able to participate in,” said Sloan. “At Kate’s house, our guests will be invited to partake in the arts in ways that stir their soul and encourage individual creation, ideation and dialogue, all while being supported with impeccable service. Whether it’s engaging with our resident artist, catching a ballet performance or seeing a commanding exhibition in our gallery space, many exciting artistic surprises await at Saint Kate.”
Prior to joining the Saint Kate family, Sloan previously worked at Sage Hospitality Resources where he spent the past 13 years leading premier properties in key travel destinations across the U.S. Most recently, he served as general manager of The Elizabeth Hotel, an Autograph Collection, in Fort Collins, Colo. Sloan was responsible for overseeing all opening operations of the new-build, 164-room boutique hotel, which opened in December 2017. Sloan’s extensive hospitality background includes serving as general manager of distinctive boutique hotels nationwide including The Napa Valley Marriott and Spa in Napa, Calif. and The Curtis Hotel in Denver, Colo. His career also includes serving in general manager and operational roles at Marriott Minneapolis Southwest in Minnetonka, Minn., Hilton San Diego in Del Mar, Calif., Marriott Ogden in Ogden, Utah, and Hilton College Station and Conference Center in College Station, Texas. Sloan attended Texas A&M University and served on the board of directors of the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association.
“Scott was carefully chosen for his lead role based on his drive to create compelling experiences for guests, his personal motivation to embrace the arts as a convener, and keen eye for the details large and small that welcome and envelop guests from the moment they walk in the door. His vast experience running luxury independent hotels will be extremely valuable as he executes on our vision for Saint Kate,” said hotel visionary Greg Marcus, president and CEO of The Marcus Corporation.
In addition to Sloan’s appointment, Tim Smith, current general manager of the iconic Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, will take on oversight of Saint Kate with his promotion to managing director. Smith’s commitment to the growth of Milwaukee and over 30 years of experience creating impeccable hospitality moments will help guide the evolution of Saint Kate. He will continue to serve as general manager of The Pfister Hotel.
Saint Kate will celebrate art in all its many forms, from music to dance, painting to sculpture, film to poetry and more. Located in the heart of Milwaukee’s theatre and entertainment district, the 219-room
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The Pfister Hotel Names Six Finalists for its 11th Artist in Residence
The AAA Four-Diamond Pfister® Hotel, owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, today announced six finalists for its 2019-2020 Artist-in-Residence program. Selected for their vision for the residency, existing body of work, artistic process and personality, this year’s finalists are:
The finalists for The Pfister’s 2019-2020 Artist-in-Residence program represent a wide background of artistic forms and experience and are all local Milwaukee artists. Over the next few weeks, the selection committee, made up of influential art enthusiasts from the Milwaukee arts community, will conduct an interview process to select the winner. In addition, the finalists will showcase their work during Milwaukee’s Gallery Night on January 18, 2019. From 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. in The Pfister’s Rouge Ballroom, the public will have the chance to see each finalist’s artwork and to meet and interact with the artists. No tickets are required, and light refreshments will be served.
The selection committee will announce this year’s winner in late February 2019.
As the program enters its 11th year, the 2019-2020 Pfister Hotel Artist in Residence will be at the forefront of Milwaukee’s thriving art scene, showcasing her work in a studio gallery on the first floor of Milwaukee’s most iconic hotel. Through the year-long program, which will take place April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020, the selected winner will create and display work in the designated artist studio and gallery, as well as participate in events and programming throughout the hotel. Guests, as well as the general public, can visit the artist during her residency in The Pfister’s studio and watch the evolution of each piece come to life while learning about the Artist in Residence’s unique artform and method.
About The Pfister Hotel
Today, The Pfister Hotel continues its tradition of gracious service and impeccable style, and has been recognized by AAA as a Four-Diamond property for 41 consecutive years. In 2018, The Pfister was recognized as a Top Hotel in the Midwest in Condé Nast Traveler’s prestigious annual Reader’s Choice Awards for the second consecutive year and was ranked the No. 1 Best Milwaukee Hotel by U.S. News & World Report in 2017. This exceptional property is a member of two prestigious hotel organizations, Historic Hotels of America and Preferred Hotels & Resorts. The Pfister Hotel is located at 424 E. Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Milwaukee. For more information, please visit www.thepfisterhotel.com and follow the hotel on Facebook and Twitter (@PfisterHotel).
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Milwaukee’s Newest Arts Hotel Invites Artists Around the Globe to Showcase Works
Named “Saint Kate,” hotel will celebrate artistic expression in all forms; a place to create, discover and participate in the creative process
Curiosity, Creativity, Collaboration, Community, Common Ground – this is the inspiration behind Milwaukee’s newest independent arts hotel, Saint Kate. Named for Saint Catherine, the patron saint of artists, this first-of-its-kind hotel will offer an experience unlike any other hotel through the celebration of the arts.
Expected to open in spring 2019, Saint Kate The Arts Hotel, will be a place that will create discussion and drive collaboration among visitors, allowing guests to see things from a beautiful new perspective. Blending exceptional hospitality with artistic expression, the hotel’s motto, “invite participation and expect change,” will challenge visitors to keep an open mind, embrace change and evolve as individuals.
At an unveiling event held November 12 in collaboration with Milwaukee’s vibrant creative community, over 400 artists witnessed the vision and story of Saint Kate unfold, and learned how they can be a part of the hotel’s dynamic creative process and experiential DNA. Artists were invited to use Saint Kate as a space to share their vision, passion and imagination with travelers and locals alike.
“Saint Kate is a place for everyone who treasures the arts and appreciates all that art can bring to our lives and communities. Like art in its most basic form, this hotel is fully inclusive and a home to experience the power of contrasts. Saint Kate will help show the world that Milwaukee is a vibrant destination for creative expression,” said Reginald Baylor, one of Wisconsin’s best-known artists and the first Artist in Residence of The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. “All our lives are made richer by letting go of the familiar and embracing the process of creativity. At Saint Kate, our community can unite to embrace the beauty of what could be.”
Like an artist’s blank canvas, the entire experiential destination will celebrate art in all its many forms, from music to dance, painting to sculpture, film to poetry and more. All ideas are welcome and encouraged. Located in the heart of Milwaukee’s theatre and entertainment district, the 219-room hotel will feature art-inspired guestrooms, 13,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, 11 event rooms and three restaurants, as well as bars and lounges. Design plans unveiled at the event include a theatre that will feature plays, lectures, classes and musical and dance performances; world-class gallery space; a working Artist-in-Residence studio that will give guests a window into the creative process; and event spaces to host rotating exhibitions, screenings, workshops and more.
“We are in the business of asking what-if and why not? People like adventure and authentic experiences and the opportunity to step out of their day-to-day. Saint Kate will be full of surprises for those who crave an enriching travel experience – to engage and explore, rather than simply observe. Our number-one goal is to challenge people’s thinking about art and the creative process. By tapping into our creative community, we are using art as a tool to show that there is beauty in the process as well as the finished product. All can be celebrated at Saint Kate,” said hotel visionary Greg Marcus, president and CEO of The Marcus Corporation.
The hotel is currently seeking proposals from artists around the world that will be reviewed by an independent arts advisory board comprised of leaders from Milwaukee arts organizations and creative influencers. All ideas are welcome and should be emailed to: email@example.com.
“Where there is art, there is change and appreciation. Every time you visit Saint Kate it will be a different experience, a new perspective and a rewarding individual journey. From the moment guests walk through the door, they will have a new view of Milwaukee and the creative spirit that pulses through our streets. We are inviting the curious, the seekers, the inventors to be part of the Saint Kate experience and to use this new platform to share their expressions with the community,” Marcus said.
For more information on the vision and creative process of the arts hotel, please visit: www.SaintKateArts.com.
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Make It a Holiday to Remember at The Pfister Hotel, Hilton Milwaukee and InterContinental Milwaukee
Christmas trees, twinkling lights and festive feasts will soon arrive at the AAA Four-Diamond Pfister Hotel, AAA Four-Diamond Hilton Milwaukee City Center and InterContinental Milwaukee, bringing treasured holiday traditions back to town. Locals and visitors alike can look for a mix of classic holiday celebrations, as well as new, fun and energizing occasions to toast to the holiday season!
Top Three “Must Do” Holiday Events to Make 2018 a Holiday to Remember:
In addition to these can’t-miss events, enjoy a wide variety of holiday dinners and brunches at all three Milwaukee Marcus Hotels & Resorts properties:
125 Years of Holiday Spirit at The Pfister
Thanksgiving Bountiful Brunch at The Pfister
Breakfast with Santa
Mason Street Grill Christmas Carol Experience
Christmas Celebration Brunch
Special Holiday Room Promotions:
Holiday Traditions at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center
Wine Wednesdays at Milwaukee ChopHouse
Miller Time Pub & Grill Sweater Drive
Nightmare Before Christmas Party at Miller Time Pub & Grill
Celebrating the Holidays in Style at the InterContinental Milwaukee
Thanksgiving Brunch and Dinner at Kil@Wat
Holiday Lights Kick-Off
Glühwein & Sweets Special at CLEAR
Christmas Eve Dinner at Kil@Wat
Christmas Day Brunch at Kil@Wat
Marcus Hotels Holiday Gift Cards
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Experience the Tradition of Afternoon Tea at The Pfister Hotel
The hotel’s treasured afternoon tea experience will be offered every Saturday and Sunday through April 28, 2019
One of the AAA-Four Diamond Pfister Hotel’s most treasured traditions returns for another season. The hotel’s popular afternoon tea service, complete with a Pfister Tea Butler and tableside tea blending, kicked off this month and will now be available every Saturday and Sunday through April 28, 2019.
Reminiscent of the 19th century, The Pfister’s afternoon tea offers an elegant experience perfect for friends and families looking to enjoy a traditional English afternoon in Milwaukee’s most luxurious hotel. Located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, The Pfister provides one of the best views of the city’s skyline as well as lavish surroundings to complete the high tea experience.
“As The Pfister celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, we are once again excited to bring back our popular tea service,” said Tim Smith, general manager of The Pfister Hotel. “This unique experience is a highly anticipated tradition for many, especially as we approach the busy holiday season. We hope our many guests will once again enjoy this treasured tradition with family and loved ones at Milwaukee’s most iconic hotel.”
During each afternoon high tea experience, guests are first greeted by a Pfister Tea Butler who educates them on each variety of tea, the unique flavors, blending options and pairing suggestions. Presented in all-silver service, including a replica of an 18th century self-tipping teapot, tea is paired with a special menu complete with fresh scones, sandwiches and pastries. For ladies and gentlemen 12 years or younger, an All Grown Up menu is also available which includes Vermont ham and cheddar finger sandwiches, herbed chicken salad tartlets, raspberry milk chocolate tarts and warm sipping chocolate.
As part of its tea service, The Pfister Hotel is proud to offer a fine selection of Rishi Teas in 12 varieties, including its signature blend, Pfister 1893, exclusively crafted in 2013 in conjunction with Milwaukee-based Rishi Tea. Pfister 1893 features a blend of jasmine and wild rose-scented white teas infused with rejuvenating peppermint and calming lavender. The high tea experience is complete with delightful music by a pianist, a cozy fireplace and fine selections of Veuve Cliquot or Veuve Cliquot Rose.
Individuals of all ages interested in experiencing The Pfister’s afternoon tea are invited and encouraged to reserve early for this popular series. Seatings are available Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 414-935-5950.
Please visit The Pfister Afternoon Tea for more information on menu selections and pricing.
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Experience the World-Class Art in Downtown Milwaukee with a Sculpture Milwaukee Collector Package This Fall
“Half Big Suit” 2016 by artist Erwin Wurm, part of Sculpture Milwaukee 2018. Photo by Kevin J. Miyazaki
Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a nationally recognized hotel owner and management company based in Milwaukee, is offering art collectors an elite opportunity to experience the city’s urban, outdoor art gallery, Sculpture Milwaukee, by booking the Sculpture Milwaukee Collector Package running now through October 20, 2018. Now in its second year, Sculpture Milwaukee features works by 22 internationally, nationally and locally renowned artists and features an urban, outdoor art gallery representing a broad range of generations, working practices, materials and styles.
The Sculpture Milwaukee Collector Package makes for the perfect fall getaway to admire the world-class sculptures while taking in the breathtaking autumn colors in Milwaukee this September and October. Art lovers and connoisseurs will get a first-hand look into Milwaukee’s incredible growing and diverse arts community, as well. The package includes:
Sculpture Milwaukee, led by Stephen H. Marcus, chairman of the board of The Marcus Corporation, provides a unique opportunity to view some of the finest art in the world. Highlighted works of the 2018 exhibit include: Magdalena Abakanowicz’s The Group of Five, 2014; Liz Glynn’s Untitled (Burgher with extended arm), 2014; Mel Kendrick’s Marker #2, 2009; Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg’s Skew, 2018; Hank Willis Thomas’ Liberty, 2015; Bernar Venet’s 97.5° Arc x 9, 2007; and Erwin Wurm’s Half Big Suit, 2016. Also featured in this year’s exhibit is work from Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE series. Indiana, who passed away in May, will be remembered by many in the city for his painting of the court in the former MECCA arena.
The Sculpture Milwaukee Collector Package runs now through October, 20, 2018 and starts at $1,450. For more information on details, and to book your reservation, please contact Cassy Scrima at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Five Marcus Restaurant Properties Awarded Wine Spectator Recognition
Geneva ChopHouse, Bloomington ChopHouse, Mason Street Grill, Milwaukee ChopHouse, and Grey Rock Restaurant Receive Award of Excellence
Marcus® Restaurant Group today announced that five of its premier properties have earned 2018 Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence to recognize their superior wine programs. The award-winning restaurants, include:
The Wine Spectator Award of Excellence recognizes fewer than 2,400 restaurants each year, requiring at least 90 wine options and a well-chosen assortment of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the restaurant menu.
“Wine contributes significantly to the exceptional experience that our guests expect from Marcus Restaurants,” said Joe Jackson, corporate director of food and beverage for Marcus Hotels & Resorts. “This significant recognition highlights our spirit of excellence and hospitality. I’m thrilled to see our team’s thoughtful work continue to be recognized year after year.”
To be considered for an Award of Excellence, each Marcus Restaurant property submitted a nomination highlighting its particular strengths:
Bloomington ChopHouse – Offers more than 175 different wines by the glass or bottle and has an inventory of almost 2,000 bottles on site. With a strong selection of California and Oregon wines, the restaurant is receiving the Award of Excellence for the first time in 2018.
Geneva ChopHouse – Offers more than 100 different wines by the glass or bottle. A first time Award of Excellence winner, the Geneva ChopHouse has wines from across the world and specializes in California vintages.
Mason Street Grill – Offers more than 330 different wines by the glass or bottle and has an inventory of over 3,000 bottles on-site. Mason Street Grill carries a diverse selection of wines from all major wine producing regions throughout the world and boasts a strong selection from the western U.S. The restaurant regularly brings in upper-tier and limited-release wines from that region and others.
Milwaukee ChopHouse – Offers more than 190 wine selections by the bottle, as well as more than 40 wines available by the glass. The Milwaukee ChopHouse regularly partners with vineyards and wineries across the U.S. to bring unique tasting experiences and wine dinners to guests dining at the restaurant.
Grey Rock – Offers approximately 120 wines by the glass or bottle. In a relaxed, lakefront setting, the restaurant offers fine dining, complemented by a diverse selection of wines with a strong emphasis on California wines. Grey Rock also features two Wisconsin wines on its menu.
For more information about Marcus Restaurant Group’s premier properties, visit http://marcusrestaurants.com/.
To learn about the Wine Spectator Awards program, visit https://restaurants.winespectator.com.
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Hilton Milwaukee City Center Welcomes Harley-Davidson Riders with Revved Up Specials
Milwaukee’s premier downtown hotel welcomes riders with Jack Daniel’s-inspired cocktails and dishes, meet and greet/signing with Shannon Aikau of Counting Cars and prime viewing of the highly anticipated 115th anniversary parade
In celebration of Harley-Davidson’s 115th anniversary taking place August 29 – September 2, the AAA Four-Diamond Hilton Milwaukee City Center is welcoming riders to the city with a host of hog-wild activities.
Shannon Aikau Signing August 31/Exclusive Q&A Breakfast September 1
On Saturday, September 1, the Hilton Milwaukee will also host an intimate Q&A breakfast with Aikau from 8-9:30 a.m. Fans can enjoy a Hawaiian-themed breakfast buffet while asking some of their most pressing questions to the motorcycle expert. The event is $25 (per person) plus tax and gratuity and space is limited. Featured menu items include:
To register online, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shannon-aikau-history-channels-counting-cars-qa-breakfast-tickets-49230511786?aff=pressrelease.
Watch the Harley Parade from Miller Time Pub & Grill’s Outdoor Bar
Don’t miss out on being a part of this final hurrah as Milwaukee sends riders off in style!
Indulge in Jack Daniel’s Inspired Fare and Cocktails All Week Long!
Cocktails available in Monarch Lounge and Milwaukee ChopHouse include:
Riders can fuel up with some of Milwaukee’s best steaks at the Milwaukee ChopHouse, including these specially crafted dishes:
About Hilton Milwaukee City Center
With 729 renovated guest rooms, Hilton Milwaukee can accommodate nearly any group. Its central location means guests are just moments away from the city’s theater district, the lakefront and Summerfest grounds, the new Fiserv Forum and Historic Third Ward. Hilton Milwaukee is located at 509 W. Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Milwaukee. For more information on the hotel, visit www.HiltonMilwaukee.com, find the hotel on Facebook (Facebook.com/hiltonmilwaukee), or follow it on Twitter (@HiltonMilwaukee).
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Moose Mountain Falls at Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark Voted in Top 10 Indoor Waterparks by USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice 2018
Get to Lake Geneva this summer and make a splash at Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark’s Moose Mountain Falls, named one of USA Today’s 10Best!
Lake Geneva, WI. (June 29, 2018) – Just in time for the start of summer, Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark, managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, is excited to announce that its Moose Mountain Falls waterpark has been named one of the best indoor waterparks for a second consecutive year by USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice 2018! Nestled within the picturesque grounds of Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark offers an array of family activities to entertain travelers of all ages including 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor waterpark fun. New additions to this year’s waterpark include a children’s water table, light up Lima Tubes for rides down Timber Rapids in the dark and three-person rafts for triple the fun. With 35-foot high slides, mini golf, a food court and a lazy river perfect for those tranquil summer days, there’s something for everyone looking for an enjoyable waterpark experience at Moose Mountain Falls.
“We’re thrilled to be included in this national list for a second consecutive year and thank everyone who voted for us. We’re looking forward to kicking off another great season where the water is always 86 degrees and the temperature is as nice as the perfect summer day,” said Joe Sebestyen, general manager of Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark.
Guests this summer can enjoy Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark’s all-suite accommodations which include everything families need for a home-away-from-home trip with waterpark fun, all-year round.
To plan your visit, check out Timber Ridge Lodge’s special summer packages and offers, which include day-pass options.
To learn more about Timber Ridge Lodge or to book your summer getaway, visit timberridgelodge.com
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New Sales Leadership Strengthens Marcus® Hotels & Resorts Group Book Efforts
When it comes to hosting successful meetings, Marcus® Hotels & Resorts has more than 55 years of expertise in the Milwaukee area. To continue to strengthen its efforts, the company recently announced the promotion of Dana Johnson from assistant director of sales to director of sales for the Milwaukee market. In this role, Johnson oversees group sales for Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ Milwaukee properties – Hilton Milwaukee City Center, InterContinental Milwaukee and The Pfister Hotel. In addition to Johnson’s promotion, the company named Megan Seppmann as new assistant director of sales for the Milwaukee market.
“The Marcus Hotels & Resorts team is known throughout Milwaukee and the state for its personalized understanding of meeting planners’ needs. Year after year, we connect planners with the experts who create inspiring and memorable events of every size, purpose and budget,” said Linda Price-Topp, vice president of sales for Marcus Hotels & Resorts. “Dana is a proven leader in our organization, and I am confident that she, along with Megan, will continue to drive forward our unrivaled commitment to exceptional service and unforgettable experiences at every corporate meeting, national and regional association conference and any other event we host.”
With more than 25 years of experience working in hotel group sales, Johnson has spent the majority of her career – 15 years – with Marcus Hotels & Resorts. She began her career with the company in the sales department at The Pfister Hotel and was an original member of the sales team supporting the broader Milwaukee-area Marcus Hotels & Resorts properties. In 2013, Johnson was promoted to assistant director of sales, where she excelled in developing new members of the sales team and maintaining strong relationships with several key corporate accounts.
Seppmann joins the Marcus Hotels & Resorts sales team with more than 16 years of experience in the hospitality industry. As assistant director of sales, she will work alongside a talented group of sales leaders to showcase Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ downtown Milwaukee properties. Prior to working at the company, Seppmann served at several properties owned or managed by CSM Corporation, a Minneapolis-based property management company. While with CSM Corporation, she was director of sales and marketing at the Residence Inn by Marriott located in Milwaukee and senior sales manager at the Courtyard by Marriott Bloomington located in Bloomington, Minnesota. She also held senior sales roles at Kahler Hospitality Group properties in Rochester, Minnesota and at three hotels in Mankato, Minnesota. Seppmann received a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management from Southwest Minnesota State University.
Every year, Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ Milwaukee-based properties host many of the region’s premier events – numerous non-profit fundraisers, regular business speaker series and networking luncheons, and major conventions. To accommodate these functions, the three hotels offer more than 65,000 square feet of event function space, over 1,200 guest rooms and popular restaurants, such as Mason Street Grill and the Milwaukee ChopHouse. These properties also offer the latest audio and visual technologies, food and beverage selections from award winning culinary talent, and partnerships with top vendors in the region.
Meeting and event planners can select from numerous experiences at Marcus Hotels in Milwaukee, including:
To learn more about each property and current meeting promotions, as well as connect with meeting specialists, such as Johnson and Seppmann, meeting and event planners can visit the new Marcus Hotels & Resorts meetings website: www.marcusmeetings.com/.
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