• NatGeo Theater Gives Meeting Planners an Entirely New Atmosphere for Events

    An Ocean of Possibilites

     
    POSTED March 21, 2018
     

Located in the heart of Times Square, National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey, an experiential venue, is an exciting new venue in New York City. Created by Academy Award-, Grammyand Emmy-winning designers, the space offers an immersive undersea experience for guests, including interactions with on-screen sea otters, humpback whales and great white sharks. Guests can even pledge not to use plastic water bottles in order to keep the oceans clean. The space was designed to foster interaction with guests and an interactive cocktail reception can hold up to 600 guests, with seated dinners for smaller groups. 

“The technology behind it is really phenomenal. It really is an extremely high-tech space,” says Karen Shackman, president of Shackman Associates New York, the venue’s preferred event planning company. Her favorite parts of the space include interacting with the sea otters and walking through an “undersea water heaven.” The venue also boasts a prime location. “In New York City, location is so important and there’s nothing else like it in the area,” she adds. 

At the end of 2017, the NYC & Company 17th Annual Visionaries & Voices Gala was held at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City. The annual event celebrates iconic individuals and institutions that embody the vibrancy and vitality of New York City. The 2017 event honored “The Greatest Showman,” a new film from 20th Century Fox; SPE Partners and the new National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey; and the NFL and Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group for the new NFL Experience Times Square.