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Deep in the heart of Fort Worth sits the future site of The Crescent Hotel, the first luxury hotel set to open in the city’s expanding Cultural District. Boasting 10 unique event venues and over 14,000 square feet of event space, the hotel’s variety of spaces can support nearly any event within its large ballrooms, sleek boardrooms and breakout spaces or rooftop bar with downtown views. 

The 4,100-square-foot Crescent Ballroom serves as the focal point of the property, with space for up to 150 people for meetings and 400 people for receptions. The stunning event space sports the latest in audio-visual equipment and floor-to-ceiling glass doors opening to the 8,000-square-foot courtyard, providing limitless possibilities for indoor-outdoor meetings and events. The courtyard itself is adorned with lush greenery and landscaping and includes a climate-controlled tent, providing the perfect opportunity for year-round outdoor events with minimized risk of weather-related issues. 

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Adjacent to downtown Abilene’s convention center and revitalized cultural district is the newly opened DoubleTree by Hilton Abilene Downtown Convention Center. The 200-room hotel will serve as a hub for all meetings and events in Abilene and offer the largest hotel meeting space in the city.

DoubleTree by Hilton Abilene Downtown Convention Center
DoubleTree by Hilton Abilene Downtown Convention Center

The city of Abilene itself is located 150 miles west of Dallas, known for its historic charm as the “Storybook Capital of America.” The DoubleTree by Hilton will sit in the heart of Abilene’s bustling downtown surrounded by local boutiques, restaurants, bars, libraries and museums. Meeting and event attendees will be able to explore the destination’s Adamson-Spaulding Storybook Garden, The Grace Museum, The Antique Station and Abilene Zoo. 

DoubleTree by Hilton Abilene Downtown Convention Center features over 23,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space and serves as a hub in Abilene for social events and gatherings of all kinds and sizes. The hotel’s ballroom boasts 11,600 square feet of space that can accommodate over 1,300 attendees, and with the hotel being in such close proximity to the Abilene Convention Center, serves 
as a perfect home base for large-scale events. 

Florida - Miami's Mapping Technology

Miami W Hotel Mapping Technology
Miami W Hotel Mapping Technology 

The W South Beach in Miami, Florida, unveiled its new $6 million ballroom and meeting space redesign, complete with first-of-its-kind 360-degree 3D projection mapping technology. The hotel is the first in North America to implement the technology, which can virtually replicate any desired background or experience imaginable. From a meeting room fully submerged “underwater” to a city skyline, the technology allows meeting participants to be transported anywhere in the world with the click of a button. The 3D mapping capabilities combine storytelling with audio-visual effects to take attendees on a captivating journey.

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The secret to the technology lies in the built-in projection system that comes with a digital library of photo and video displays, making the ballroom fully customizable and able to fit any meeting, event or gathering. The ballroom itself is over 4,300 square feet in size and can hold up to 250 people, with the ability to be divided in two for a more intimate atmosphere. The space also boasts four presentation projectors, 24 built-in microphones, 32 audio speakers and 52 pin spotlights, and combined with the projection mapping technology, can help bring your presentation to the next level. 


Omni Homestead Empire Room
Omni Homestead Empire Room

Nestled within the Allegheny Mountains of Southwestern Virginia lies The Omni Homestead Resort, known for being America’s first resort with roots dating back to 1766. The Omni Homestead recently completed over $150 million worth of property-wide renovations, including an expansion of its meetings and events spaces. The extensive redesign highlights the resort’s commitment to preserving its 250-year history while setting the stage for hosting a new era of sophisticated celebrations and gatherings. 

The resort has hosted 23 U.S presidents and continues to be a premier destination and cherished sanctuary for travelers around the world. The resort’s 28 meeting rooms sport new carpets laid atop refinished hardwood floors along with new furniture, wall coverings and light fixtures. Later this year, The Omni Homestead Resort will unveil its new indoor and outdoor 4,000-square-foot event pavilion, adding to the existing 72,000 square feet of refurbished meeting and event space. The new pavilion facility will boast a cutting-edge design set against the picturesque backdrop of the Appalachians

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