Feb 11, 2019
There’s a new location in Florida for meetings, incentive trips or retreats. Located an hour from Miami International Airport, the 200-room Baker’s Cay Resort Key Largo, Curio Collection by Hilton offers more than 25,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor space. The former Hilton Key Largo, which closed in 2017, has been completely renovated and rebranded to provide a luxury resort experience. All guest rooms feature a private balcony, LCD TVs, mini refrigerators, Illy self-serve coffee makers and eco-conscious custom amenities. Waterfront rooms overlook Florida Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The… more
Jan 31, 2019
Portland, Ore. is rising to the top of the list for many corporations looking for a new destination for their events. Known for its coffee shops, doughnuts, microbreweries, Powell’s bookstore and men with beards, Portland is the largest city in the state. It’s also known for its parks, being environmentally friendly and for the “Keep Portland Weird” counterculture, lovingly ridiculed in the sketch-comedy television show “Portlandia.” In addition, Portland is home to a growing number of technology companies, including tech giant Amazon, which continues to expand its presence within the city… more
Jan 25, 2019
The greater Dallas area has a new spot for meetings and conventions: Delta Hotels by Marriott Dallas Allen and Watters Creek Convention Center, which debuted in January. Located 30 minutes north of Dallas and 30 miles from DFW International and Love Field airports, the new facility is the first four-star, full-service hotel and convention center in Allen and one of the largest facilities of its kind in North Texas. With 90,000 square feet of flexible meeting and convention space, the Watters Creek Convention Center can accommodate gatherings of up to 1,000 attendees. It offers 23 meeting… more
Jan 21, 2019
We recently wrote about some of the new developments in Washington D.C. that are making the city even more attractive as an event destination. But with the U.S. government shutdown in effect, which has already stretched longer than any other in history, many event organizers are concerned about how this might impact their meeting programs. Destination DC has been actively campaigning to let the world know that the city is open for business and ready to welcome both meetings and leisure travelers. The “DC is Open” campaign was first launched in October 2013, during a previous shutdown, and… more
Jan 11, 2019
From black box spaces to renovated castles to cinemas, there are unique and transformative spaces around the globe. This ongoing series of articles will highlight a few of the many options available for corporate events. The ability to take a blank slate and make it something amazing, unique and memorable is many planners’ dream. Enclave, a venue located just minutes from McCarran International Airport and the Las Vegas Strip, offers you the ability to brand to your heart’s desire without needing to worry about infrastructure, permits and individually sourced suppliers. Enclave is a three… more
Jan 08, 2019
Washington D.C. has been a destination for events of all sizes for decades. Now, the city is in the midst of another growth spurt which is adding new hotels, venues and destinations of interest to corporate groups and leisure travelers alike. I recently spoke with Elliott Ferguson, president and CEO of Destination DC, Washington D.C.’s official destination marketing organization. Ferguson talked at length about the exciting new developments that are continuing to make the city a hotspot for corporate events. One of the benefits of the redevelopment and new development projects, including… more
Jan 04, 2019
The Moscone Center expansion project, completed on schedule at the end of 2018, was celebrated with a grand opening gala event on Jan. 3, 2019. The $551 million expansion adds more than 157,000 gross square feet of flexible meeting space to Moscone North and South and increases the center's total exhibit space to more than 504,000 sq. ft. “Our two main goals have been to create contiguous space and flexibility for the Moscone Center,” said Lynn Farzaroli, senior director of the Moscone expansion for San Francisco Travel Association. “It’s a brand-new center with state-of-the-art everything… more
Dec 31, 2018
The new Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, opened Dec. 18, 2018, adds another option for large-scale meetings in the Denver area.  The Gaylord Rockies, the largest combined resort and convention center in Colorado, is the first Gaylord Hotels property to open in ten years and the fifth addition to the chain, which is owned by Marriott International.  The Gaylord Rockies, located in Aurora, Colo., is just 10 minutes from Denver International Airport and offers shuttle access to the A Line airport rail with service to the airport and downtown Denver. The resort boasts 1,501 guest… more
Dec 20, 2018
Not all that long ago, all meetings were conducted face-to-face. More recently, technology enabled virtual meetings. Today, a hybrid model allows for more participants spread across a wider geographical area, but the challenge has continued to be around engagement. How do you keep remote participants engaged and how do you keep and share the data generated within the meeting? Park MGM and Cisco have an answer: the new 7,000 square foot Ideation Studio. With the opening of the Studio, Las Vegas’ Park MGM is the world’s first hotel to offer groups Cisco Webex Boards and Cisco Webex Teams… more
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Dec 18, 2018
Located 50 miles from Milwaukee and 80 miles from Chicago, the Lake Geneva area of Wisconsin is best known for its historic mansions, or perhaps for being the location of the first Playboy resort. Or — if you’re a gamer — for being the site of the annual Gary Con, a celebration of Dungeons and Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax. But, as I discovered first-hand in October, Lake Geneva is also a great location for corporate events. For an area whose total population is no more than 20,000 residents, Lake Geneva has a surprising number of resorts, activities and amenities. While the area is referred… more