That’s right, YOU are the 2020 Professional of the Year. You are the reason the hospitality industry is surviving this year. Each day you dedicate your time, efforts, ideas, creativity, and leadership to a world that is learning how to connect, learn, engage, and celebrate in a non-traditional, and some might say a unique, way. It goes without saying that this year has not been easy – but we owe you our gratitude. We could not do what we do without you.

Unique Venues CEO, Chuck Salem

In this publication, you will find the much-anticipated announcement of the 2020 Best Of award winners and a heartfelt Professional of the Year commemoration. Additionally, you will find tips to market trust for events in 2021, information about upcoming Unique Venues educational programming, and terms to know for planning successful intimate weddings.

At Unique Venues, we have developed and provided free educational webinars for venues and planners as a resource to navigate through these unprecedented times. You can always find COVID-19 related resources and registration links for all of our free webinars by visiting www.uniquevenues.com/resources. We encourage you to watch the recordings of our past webinars on our YouTube channel, @uniquevenues1 as well.

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Publisher's Letter by Alyson Salem

Unique Venues Member Directory

View our extensive list of members located in the United States and Canada, perfect for hosting your next meeting or event!

Food For Thought

Featured in our Perfect Holiday Menu webinar last winter, we knew we wanted to share this recipe to the masses with the amount of positive feedback received from webinar attendees.


2020 Best Of Award Winners

We are proud to introduce to you our Best Of award winners for 2020. Each winner was voted on by our vast network of planners in the U.S. & Canada to be the Best Of the best – this is particularly special for this year, as we recognize venues that create a safe, and unique environment for its guests.

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Professional of the Year

Recipients of this award are regarded as distinguished and experts in the hospitality industry, and often times leaders in their respective fields - whether an industry planner, venue manager, venue owner, or association representative.

2021 New Service for Planners

Unique Venues, a trusted leader in bringing together one-of-a-kind event venues with meeting planners for over 30 years, is taking the next step evolution for educational programming with the launch of Unique Venues University in 2021.

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Intimate Weddings

As the start of engagement season approaches, help couples navigate the wedding planning process by sharing these intimate wedding trends for 2021. Terms you should know are micro wedding, minimony, and sequel wedding.

5 Ways to Market Trust

As leaders in marketing unique and non-traditional spaces for almost 35 years, we know a thing or two about building trust with your audience. In this article, you can find marketing tips and strategies to help communicate safety to your event attendees in 2021.

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