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Industry Updates: News & Awards

By Selena Fragassi


Mangia DC Food Tours Fills Up with More Awards in 2017
There is a lot to experience in the nation's capital-from the historic monuments to the incredible museums, and even the cuisine. Mangia DC Food Tours is a locally owned and operated business that takes guests on guided walking tours to get a real "taste" of Washington. In addition to learning about architecture and history, participants also get to have a bite of the best area restaurants with a combined four-course meal. Groups can choose between the two-mile Italian Food Tour or the one-mile Georgetown Food Tour as well as various cooking classes and wine excursions. The tours have continued to grow in popularity with support from several industry awards. In 2017, Mangia DC Food Tours received the 2017 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor for the second year in a row, recognized for quality service and cuisine attractions. This year also garnered the company TripAdvisor's title for D.C.'s #1 Cooking Class in addition to a coveted Yelp award.

AMA New York Executive Conference Center Now the Largest in the City
After a recent overhaul, AMA New York can now proudly boast that it's the largest conference center in the entire city. The upgrade added 13,000 square feet of space bringing the total availability to 90,000 square feet. In addition to more meeting rooms (with new built-in beverage stations), there is also a private executive meeting suite with exclusive restrooms and a food and beverage area. On the sixth floor, the new Business Reception Lounge has arched windows with tons of natural light and views of Times Square as well as a customer service desk for easy registration.

Buffalo Trace Distillery Pops the Cork on New Event Spaces
Groups can now literally meet on Kentucky's Bourbon Trail with the opening of new event spaces at the marquee Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, KY. The Elmer T. Lee Clubhouse is a 1,950-square-foot, second level space built from centuries-old log cabins with hardwood floors, a cathedral ceiling, wood-burning fireplace, and copper countertops. It seats 200 with standing room for 350. The smaller Master Distiller's Room is for more intimate gatherings of 16 people or less, also with a cathedral ceiling, fireplace, and ambient lighting. There's also the Single Oak Room in the George T. Stagg Gallery within the Visitor's Center. This 780-square-foot room accommodates 70 people seated or 150 for receptions. It features built-in display cases, exposed brick walls, a beamed ceiling, and portable bar.

Albright College Shifts Gears As New Home of World Cycling League HQ
A seven-acre site on the Reading, Pennsylvania campus was picked by the World Cycling League to be the site of a new $20 million world headquarters as well as a 2,500-seat, high-tech indoor velodrome that will offer a competitive bike racing track. This arena will be only the second of its kind to open in the U.S. and the first on the East Coast. Not only will it host international meets, it will also welcome year-round cycling programs, pre-Olympic training camps, collegiate events, and more special programs. Incoming college president Jacquelyn S. Fetrow, Ph.D., says she also envisions a variety of initiatives "that will contribute to student life at the College, including adding cycling as a varsity club sport, providing student internships at the velodrome, and enhancing Albright's business curriculum by adding velodrome-related courses in sports marketing, event management, video production, communications, and more," according to the school, which estimates the buildings will be completed for the 2018-19 academic year.

Vancouver's Polygon Gallery Is Now Open for Event Business
Located on Vancouver's North Shore, the Polygon Gallery is a breathtaking waterfront property that showcases photography and media art in a clean, contemporary building designed for a reflective experience. "It is the most geographically evocative site-where sea meets mountain. And it's the place where, in some ways, the community is most connected to the larger region-which it views just across the harbour," says architect Patricia Patkau. The gallery space is ideal for special events with space for 20-200 guests seated and 375 guests for receptions; there are day and night rentals available, along with optional private guided art tours.