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On Jan. 29, Omni Hotels & Resorts broke ground on its 30-story, 853,000-square-foot hotel and luxury apartment complex today in downtown Louisville. The Omni Louisville Hotel is slated to open by March 31, 2018. Shown here (left to right): Ellen Hesen, Louisville Mayor’s Chief of Staff; David Yates, Metro Council President; David Tandy, Metro Councilman; Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer; Robert Rowling, Owner and Chairman of TRT Holdings; Mike Deitemeyer, President of Omni Hotels; and Jeff Mosley, Deputy Director of Louisville Forward. Photo by Louisville Office of the Mayor.

Manitowoc Area VCB Surviving “Making a Murderer”

By Todd McElwee

“Making a Murderer” is killing it for Netflix.
The 10-episode series detailing the murky circumstances surrounding a decade-old murder in Manitowoc County, Wi. is a cultural phenomenon dissected and discussed across the nation.


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Gaylord Texan to Add More Meeting Space, 300 Guest Rooms

By Dan Bennett

The Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas is growing. A $120 million expansion will add 300 new guest rooms and 86,000 square feet of new meeting space.

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SS United States May Launch Again as Crystal Cruises Ship

By Dan Bennett

The historic flagship SS United States is preparing for a possible new life as a 66,000-ton cruise ship.
The SS United States Conservancy, the non-profit caretaker of the ship and its history, is partnering with Crystal Cruises to possibly rehabilitate the ship, which first launched in 1952 as a luxury liner that could quickly be converted into a naval troopship, should it be needed for military service.

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ASAE Unveils Redesigned Website

By Todd McElwee

ASAE debuted its new website today. Based on a mobile format, the association believes its new online home presents a more personalized, user-friendly and efficient experience for those who sign on.

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HOTS Pre-Flight Proposals

HOTS may be one of the few who actually enjoys airports. Yes, security and parking is routinely awful, but once one pushes past the full-body the scanner the hustle and bustle; sights of planes taking off and landing; mindless barstool banter with people you’re likely to never see again over an overpriced beer or double for a dollar more; and feeling of jetting off to a far-off locale all appeal to HOTS. Yet there are measures facilities could implement to enhance the pre-boarding experience.
1. More Manned Security Checkpoint Lanes: Nothing, and I mean nothing, draws the ire of fliers than dust bunnies collecting on unmanned equipment at TSA security checkpoints. If an airport has five lanes, all five should be in operation. HOTS has no issue with tacking on another dollar or two to the price of a ticket or 50 cents onto a bag of chips to pay for this.
2. Plugs, Plugs, and Plugs: Every seat at a major airport should have an outlet as well as USB port. Restaurants should also have outlets in tables and bars. Again, 50 cents more for a soda is acceptable to make this happen.
3. Play Areas: If fast-food restaurants across the nation can encompass indoor jungle gyms, ball pits and play facilities why can’t airports? Clear out seats from lesser used gates and install play areas. Parents of worn out children across the nation will thank you. Plus airports could have each area sponsored.
4. Beer Gardens: Adult play areas. Craft breweries have popped up across the nation. Airports should showcase their best local offerings in German-style beer gardens. Breweries would also jump at the opportunity, which has to be more cost effective than leasing an entire restaurant; we’re talking picnic tables and draft beer. Passengers should also be allowed to carry alcoholic beverages from a restaurant/bar to their gates. Chicago gets this right.
5. Museums: Many airports already display local artifacts and art but HOTS cannot remember a full-fledged museum calling an airport home. Who wouldn’t want to visit a display or two from the Smithsonian while killing time at Reagan National and there’s no better showcase for a city.

 


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