• Navy Proof Food and Spirts and $23-Million Renovation Refreshes Westin Long Beach

     
    POSTED September 3, 2019
     
  • Navy Proof Food and Spirts and $23-Million Renovation Refreshes Westin Long Beach

     
    POSTED September 3, 2019
     
  • Navy Proof Food and Spirts and $23-Million Renovation Refreshes Westin Long Beach

     
    POSTED September 3, 2019
     
  • Navy Proof Food and Spirts and $23-Million Renovation Refreshes Westin Long Beach

     
    POSTED September 3, 2019
     
  • Navy Proof Food and Spirts and $23-Million Renovation Refreshes Westin Long Beach

     
    POSTED September 3, 2019
     
  • Navy Proof Food and Spirts and $23-Million Renovation Refreshes Westin Long Beach

     
    POSTED September 3, 2019
     

Navy Proof Food and Spirits, which was part of a $23-million renovation, was recently unveiled at the 469-room Westin Long Beach. Along with the luxurious dining option, modernized guestrooms and a lobby refresh now grace the Southern California hotspot, along with Bluestone Lane, an Australian-inspired café featuring premium coffee beverages.  

The renovations were mostly done towards the guest rooms with new beds, new furnishings such as wallpaper, redone hallways and adding local residential pieces. A re-work was also done to the three-story lobby. 

“The lobby has gone through such an amazing transformation,” says John Thompson, managing director of Westin Long Beach. “This lobby brings in a lot of the natural California light. When you walk into the space now, it feels so fresh and light and a part of the coastline.” 

Guests will see a nod to the California coastline in multiple areas around the hotel, from the art pieces and vintage Long Beach photos to the three-story plant wall in the lobby. 

The Long Beach area has seen a lot more planners and guests come to stay in the beach town, with options like the Long Beach Convention Center only a walk away from Westin Long Beach. 

“When you think about a meeting campus we have in Long Beach, there are five or six hotels that are right around the convention center,” says Thompson. “A meeting planner can very easily use two or three hotels and give their attendees an awesome walkable area that you can't get in a larger city.” 

Navy Proof Food and Spirits was concepted by Howe and Brown. Executive Chef Chris Garasic, formerly at The Malibu Farms, leads a new-fare American cuisine program that represents the Californian coastline with fresh seasonal ingredients and locally sourced seafood and meat.  

In the large lobby is the approachable cocktail bar and even an island, where Navy Proof chops their own ice, so it is crystal clear and earns the recognition of “ghost ice.”  

“We can include meetings planner's logos onto the ice,” says Garasic. “We can carve it into diamonds, block shapes or any shapes really. It’s really cool to watch them carve ice with a big blade and a hammer.” 

Steve Nydell leads the world-class bartender driven program with a staff of creative bartenders that can bring a refresh to your guests favorite classic cocktails. 

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.