May 28, 2024
Two convention and event venues in the southeast recently announced a new partnership and preparations for the kick off of a long-awaited expansion project. Here’s our latest roundup of venue news to keep you up to date. OVG Makes Moves in Mobile The City of Mobile, Ala. approved plans to upgrade its meeting and event venue offerings with the help of venue development, management and hospitality company Oak View Group (OVG) and live entertainment company Live Nation. Why it matters: In March, Mobile City Mayor Sandy Stimpson announced plans to demolish the aging Mobile Civic Center and… more
May 21, 2024
Imagine stepping into a ballroom and being instantly transported to the streets of London, the beaches in Rio or the enchanting gardens of Kyoto.  With the latest 360-degree mapping technology that debuted last fall at Miami’s W South Beach, planners can recreate any ambiance and experience for their events — from a fully immersive underwater oceanic environment to the backdrop of any city around the world. As part of a $6 million renovation of its 4,300-square-foot ballroom and meeting space, the oceanfront property also became the first meetings hotel in North America to implement the 360… more
May 14, 2024
This spring, ASM Global-managed convention and event venues in the U.S. are announcing new and expanded partnerships, as well as sustainability and cultural achievements. Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center Ditches Plastic During the Acura Grand Prix, ASM Global Acts kicked off its partnership with r.World to introduce reusable service ware in venues throughout the ASM Global’s North American portfolio of 93 convention centers. Debuting in April at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, the initiative will soon spread to other venues across the country. Big… more
Apr 23, 2024
The Events Industry Council (EIC) has formed a strategic sustainability partnership with venue development, hospitality services and solutions provider Oak View Group (OVG) to certify its entire convention portfolio of more than 60 venues in cities like Chicago, Dallas and Miami. OVG’s convention center portfolio will be certified in accordance with the EIC Sustainable Event Standards, a collection of eight specific standards that assess events and industry suppliers on a wide range of sustainability criteria that support environmental and social responsibility.  The partnership — the… more
Apr 08, 2024
A historic Hawaiian resort nears the completion of a major guest room makeover, while a luxury beachfront Florida hotel unveiled upgraded rooms and curated community experiences for meeting and event groups. Sandpearl Resort Unveils New “Seaside Chic” Guest Rooms Just in time for the spring and summer beach-going seasons, Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater Beach, Fla., completed a total makeover of its guest rooms and suites. The new “Seaside Chic” guest rooms and living spaces have been upgraded with new flooring, carpets and rugs, paint, couches (all pull-outs for extra sleeping space),… more
Mar 26, 2024
Meeting and convention facilities across the country and around the globe have been inking new deals with leading hospitality and management providers, upgrading technology infrastructure and launching new premium spaces to accommodate the ever-growing demand from event organizers. Smart City Networks Completes Network Upgrade at Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Smart City Networks, provider of utilities, technology and telecommunications services for convention centers and hospitality venues, completed an almost $1 million network upgrade for the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention… more
Mar 15, 2024
What’s new for events in Anaheim? The Southern California city is expecting to host nearly 1 million attendees in 2024, said Visit Anaheim Senior Vice President, Sales & Services Ronnie Collins. The Anaheim Convention Center (ACC) is home to a number of major conventions, including the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show, Natural Products Expo West, WonderCon, VidCon, D23 and more.  Visit Anaheim, the city’s official destination marketing organization (DMO), has confirmed 148 conventions, meetings and events for 2024, which are projected to generate 610,000 room nights… more
Feb 23, 2024
The Events Industry Council (EIC) awarded a water quality trade show and an events destination with its highest level of the Sustainable Event Standards for environmental and social responsibility within the global events industry. Created by the EIC Sustainability and Social Impact Committee in partnership with industry professionals and leading sustainability practitioners, the EIC Sustainable Event Standards are a collection of eight specific standards that assess events and industry suppliers on a wide range of sustainability criteria, including organizational management, marketing,… more
Feb 21, 2024
Hotels across the country are renovating their meeting spaces while a new boutique hotel brand recently made its debut outside of Atlanta.  W Boston W Boston completed a multi-million-dollar renovation of its 5,438-square-foot (sf) meeting and event space, which began in June of last year. The renovated spaces, which include eight event rooms and five breakout rooms, feature large-scale, graphic artwork, along with organic textures, wood and granite elements, and standout features including state-of-the-art technology, a wired business center and 80-inch wireless TVs with built-in… more
Feb 15, 2024
A destination marketing organization (DMO) and global venue management company kicked off the new year on a positive note by launching and expanding programs designed to inspire, grow and support the next generation of hospitality, tourism and live event industry professionals. Visit Anaheim  Visit Anaheim, the official DMO for Anaheim, Calif., launched a new program designed to develop the future tourism and hospitality workforce. Unveiled on Feb. 6, the DMO’s Workforce Development initiative was created to inspire local high school students to pursue careers in tourism and hospitality.… more
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