On February 22nd, the Leadership Monterey County class enjoyed a day learning about Hospitality and Tourism in Monterey County. The day began with a visit to Portola Hotel & Spa, where we met with Janine Chicourrat, General Manager of Portola Hotel & Spa, and Tammy Blount-Canavan, President & CEO of Monterey County Visitors & Convention Bureau. We discussed the role and funding of the MCVCB, and the important effort of Sustainable Moments, an initiative that encourages travelers to enjoy Monterey County responsibly. Afterwards, the class participated in a tour of the newly renovated Monterey Conference Center. Doug Phillips, Conference Center General Manager, spent time with the cohort describing the venue’s capacity, the types of events scheduled in the coming year and the success of the Conference Center since its re-opening in January of 2018.
The next stop of our day took us to Cannery Row, where we enjoyed a delicious lunch hosted by InterContinental The Clement Monterey. John Turner, General Manager, discussed the history of the hotel and Cannery Row. Gary Cursio from the Monterey County Hospitality Association shared the role of MCHA and the challenges to recruiting and maintaining a workforce in the hospitality industry.
The day ended with a tour and discussion at the Pebble Beach Company, where we met with General Manager Julie Weaver and learned about the newly constructed employee housing and water solutions at the resort. We had a lovely tour of the property and some of the accommodations on site, including the Lodge at Pebble Beach and Casa Palmero.
Lunch sponsor: InterContinental The Clement Monterey