• National Harbor Ranked 29 on Cvent's "Top U.S. Meeting Desinations"

     
    POSTED July 31, 2019
     
  • National Harbor Ranked 29 on Cvent's "Top U.S. Meeting Desinations"

     
    POSTED July 31, 2019
     

National Harbor has moved up to #29 on Cvent's list of Top U.S. Meeting Destinations. Located along the historic Potomac River, the waterfront destination is ideal for meetings and events for a variety of reasons.

Among them are its accessibility, scalability and flexibility. National Harbor is accessible from three local airports; Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Baltimore/Washington International Airport and Dulles International Airport, and Amtrak. It also offers a multitude of meeting facilities for groups of any size, including the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center and the AC Hotel. Its Tanger Outlets and designer stores offer an incentive for team members, and the Capital Wheel is great for networking events.

"There are undoubtedly other cities that can offer certain aspects of what meeting attendees can experience at National Harbor, but what really sets our destination apart is the centralization and packaging of those elements. Meeting planners will notice how seamless it is to plan itineraries from sleeping rooms to sessions to post-work team-building," says Josh Winston, director of tourism, National Harbor Convention & Visitors Association. "We are an incredibly pedestrian destination and attendees will appreciate the ease of the guest experience at National Harbor. With everything so centralized, visitors can take the liberty of self-exploring without worrying about missing the next meeting or take some downtime to handle their business in one of our relaxing and scenic restaurants. It’s all possible at National Harbor!"

If you're interested in getting your group involved in a team-building activity, Winston says they have some unique venues, including the opportunity to get your hands in the dirt at National Colonial Farm. "From their “Escape Farm” program, to trust walks, and green meetings education, the staff at Accokeek Foundation, which stewards National Colonial Farm has the perfect program to bring your team closer together." 

Winston says March through May is the busiest time at the National Harbor. "This tends to follow the Congressional calendar, as many corporate and association groups want to forward their agendas when their representatives are accessible.  The best month from a weather perspective is November, which is the driest month of the year in Maryland, and also kicks off the start of National Harbor’s festive holiday season," he adds.

This September, Los Angeles Airport Marriott is beginning the final stage of their $50-million renovations.  

The redesign includes more than 50,000 square feet of meeting space alongside a maximum capacity of 2,500 people. The hotel will be set to host parties of any nature, including Corporate events, conventions, company retreats, holiday parties, banquets, exhibitions, workshops, and everything in between.  

 

North of Philadelphia, Bucks County is celebrating their record-breaking amount of visitors.  

In 2018, the county welcomed 8.15 million visitors, an increase of 1.6 percent from 2017 and achieved a record-breaking $1.1 billion in total economic impact. With such numbers, the hospitality industry is taking full advantage.  

As Bucks County tourist status rises, for the travelers who are searching for a local experience, Bucks County is filled with breweries, independent restaurants, and hidden gems to visit.  

 

As of August 2019, Detroit’s renowned convention center is officially renamed the TCF Center

The change came in the form of an unprecedented 22-year naming rights deal that will set the venue for financial success in the future, as well as a move toward becoming a self-sustaining facility by 2024.