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.
Cvent released the results of its fifth annual Cvent Planner Sourcing Report. The report compiles the results of a survey of nearly 3,000 event professionals worldwide that asked how they source venues and what influences their decision-making.
Surfside Inn and Suites opened, bringing endless summer to Orlando. Part of Universal’s Endless Summer Resort, the opening adds 750 guest rooms to Universal Orlando Resort.
Marriott International is taking a $126 million hit to pay for the massive data breach discovered in its Starwood Hotels division in November 2018. The news reinforces the need for meeting planners to protect the data security of their attendees who book or stay at hotels.
Washington, D.C., has so many new and upcoming developments it can be hard to keep up. Here’s a run-down of what is new in the area for planners considering the city.
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.
Universal Orlando Resort announced plans for a new theme park, Universal’s Epic Universe, on August 1, 2019. The new addition marks the fourth theme park at Universal Orlando Resort and will nearly double its size, with tentative plans to open new hotels, restaurants, shops and an entertainment center in addition to the theme park attractions.
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.
Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson spoke with Hilton's Daniella Foster, senior director of corporate responsibility, and Carole Munroe, director of portfolio, loyalty and content, about the hotel chain's many charitable efforts as it celebrates its centennial. This is a transcript of the Meetings Today Podcast interview.
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.
At Destinations International's Annual Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, the world’s CVBs came together to swap travel trends, industry insights and tourism case studies. Three meeting planners discussed how to best partner with CVBs for successful meetings.
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.
PCMA and Destinations International announced plans to jointly launch an annual Destination Showcase event in Washington, D.C., beginning February 5, 2020. The partnership will connect meeting professionals with CVBs.
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.
Earning loyalty points for booking meetings and events within one hotel chain provides a number of advantages for planners, from free room nights to suite upgrades, premium Wi-Fi and all manner of amenities and other inclusions.
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.
Together with flamenco dancers and Mickey Mouse, Thomas Mazloum, senior vice president, resorts at Walt Disney World, kicked off the grand opening of the 16-story Gran Destino Tower.
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort unveiled its Gran Destino Tower on July 9, 2019. Along with 545 guest rooms, this new tower boasts new meeting venues, adding to the property’s existing 220,000 square feet of meeting and event space.