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Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center opened on the uppermost floors of what is now the city’s tallest building and 10th highest in the U.S. The entire Comcast Center building and the interiors and furnishings of Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia have been designed by world-renowned architect Norman Foster of Foster + Partners, who has effectively redefined the skyline of one of the country’s most historic cities.


Convene opened its first location within Washington, D.C., proper at Terrell Place. The space is Convene’s third location in the D.C. metro area and its first to feature its flexible workspace offering, Workplace, with 19 worksuites totaling 431 workstations.


Southern Michigan’s FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek celebrated its latest project with a groundbreaking ceremony in June 2019. Along with the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, the property began construction of a second hotel tower and additional amenities. The target completion date is late 2020.


Former MPI CEO Bruce MacMillan has been named PCMA’s chief marketing officer, effective September 2, 2019. The organization also announced Michelle Crowley as its first chief growth and innovation officer, effective immediately.


InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has joined other major hotel chains, such as Marriott and Disney, in eliminating miniature bathroom amenities. The company will switch to bulk-size amenities in nearly all of its 843,000 guest rooms worldwide by 2021.


Following recent mass protests that called for and resulted in Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosello’s resignation after a leaked text message scandal, Discover Puerto Rico assures travelers and meeting attendees the destination is open for business and on track for a banner year.


Hilton Hotels & Resorts is the latest hotel group to be under fire, accused of deceptive pricing in its advertisements of hotel room rates. Marriott International is also being accused of charging hidden fees.


The image of President Donald Trump standing in front of the U.S. presidential seal altered to include the symbol of a Russian double-headed eagle clutching golf clubs at Washington, D.C.’s, Marriott Marquis may be as horrifying to meeting planners as it was intentionally, or unintentionally, funny to the world.


A glass sculpture titled You Are Here by Boise native Amy Westover was designed to inspire attendees and guests to look beyond the walls of the city's Boise Centre.


Cvent’s 2019 list of the top meeting and event destinations in the U.S. featured three cities that have enjoyed a long reign at the top of the survey, but also identified a few new entrants in the top 50 spots in the annual survey sourced through the meetings tech giant’s multiple sourcing platforms.


Panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and a seafood-centric Cali Mex menu are served to groups in Southern California’s Laguna Beach at Las Brisas restaurant. Helmed by Orange County native Michael Gaines, Las Brisas is in the midst of a major three-phase renovation that is scheduled to wrap by the end of 2019.


The Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia unveiled an extensive refresh of its meeting and event spaces. The building itself served as the 1929 original Architect’s Building in Philadelphia and was brought back to life through an adaptive reuse and renovation in 2009.


The Bevy Hotel Boerne, a DoubleTree by Hilton, a 120-room full-service hotel and conference center, opened in Texas Hill Country. The property is just minutes from downtown Boerne’s Hill Country Mile and close to nearby wineries, state parks and San Antonio.


Meeting and event technology giant Cvent added 3D interactive floor plans for the thousands of venues in its database and launched the Cvent Community online network for planners. The news was announced at its annual Cvent Connect conference in Las Vegas.

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