MGM Grand Conference Center
Mar 13, 2019
The $130 million, 250,000-square-foot expansion of MGM Grand Conference Center is now complete, meaning MGM Resorts now offers a total of 4 million square feet of meeting and convention space on the Las Vegas Strip. (For reference, that’s more than all the convention space in Manhattan combined.)   “With our expansion, upgraded amenities, new outdoor space and user-friendly connectivity packages, we provide our convention customers an enhanced meeting experience with more options,” said Ernest Stovall, vice president of Sales for MGM Grand.   He continued, “I’m proud that many of our clients… more
Hilton Birmingham at UAB
Mar 04, 2019
The University of Alabama at Birmingham is celebrating its golden anniversary this year with the addition of a new on-campus flagship hotel with event space. Hilton Birmingham at UAB opened its doors on Jan. 31. In November of 2016, UAB purchased the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Birmingham. The property was closed in March 2018 for a multimillion-dollar transformation, renovating and rebranding to reflect both the Hilton brand and the university’s spirit. “The transformation has been extraordinary,” said Lisa Castagna, general manager, Hilton Birmingham at UAB. She added, “It’s been a… more
Mar 01, 2019
At Corporate Event News, we aim to bring you all the news from all the locations. During the month of March, we’ll be focusing on California and the Southeast, although that doesn’t mean we will be ignoring the rest of the world. This month, you can look forward to learning about the greater Palm Springs area, Miami, Chattanooga, the latest developments at the Georgia World Congress Center and more. Plus, we’ll be bringing you insights from the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco that might spark some ideas for new ways of marketing corporate events. We’ll also be reporting… more
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