President and CEO of Visit Austin, Tom Noonan, has been nominated to serve on the Board of Directors for both the American Society of Association Executives and Destinations International. The nominations are in addition to his current service on the U.S. Travel Association Board of Directors. Noonan has also served on the board for the Association Forum.
The newest concept to the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, a Sheraton Hotels & Resorts property, backYARD at Waller Creek, soft opened during SXSW 2017 in Austin. backYARD is Austin's newest restaurant, bar, and outdoor venue downtown, offering American cuisines with Texas flavors, a spacious outdoor event space, and house-infused spirits.
Chris Howard has worked in the hospitality industry for a decade, but recently made Austin his home, where he’s settling into his new role as director of sales and marketing at the Hyatt Regency Austin. Situated on the shore of Lady Bird Lake, the hotel sports a modern aesthetic that suits Austin’s vibrant downtown. The AAA Four Diamond property off ers 45,000 square feet of customizable function space, which Howard is ready to sell.
After celebrating its third anniversary of providing low cost services from London Gatwick, Norwegian Air, along with Visit Austin and Austin Bergstrom International Airport, revealed Austin as a new U.S. route from London Gatwick Airport. Norwegian Air will begin providing the eight-hour flight to Austin beginning March 27, 2018, with one way tickets at £239 and premium tickets at £579. The flight will take off from Barbara Jordan Terminal at 4:20 p.m., landing in London at 7:20 a.m.
Opening in August 2017, the San Francisco Proper Hotel is transforming a flatiron hotel building into a luxury lifestyle hotel on the corner of 7th and Market. With San Francisco as its muse, the hotel helps resurge the area with its design as a culturally connected hangout in the up-and-coming rebuild of the neighborhood.
In the up-and-coming east Austin area in Texas, ARRIVE Hotels & Restaurants is building a new boutique hotel. Located on the corner of East 6th and Chicon St., this will be ARRIVE's second location. The new hotel will have 83 rooms and will open in the spring of 2019.
Whether you’re mingling among famous sculptures or hosting your party in a working horse arena, these unique alfresco venues make any event memorable.
Paramour, which opened in August 2015, was designed by owner Martin Phipps to be an oasis in the Texas sky with attention to detail and topnotch service at the heart of the concept. The 8,000-square-foot property was one of San Antonio’s first rooftop venues and provides panoramic views of the city’s skyline. The bar is located just north of downtown, atop the Phipps Office building and overlooks the River Walk at 9th Street and Arden Grove.
Kindred Resorts & Hotels has revealed a number of new activities that span across North America. Some of these additions include romantic getaways, culinary adventures, wellness corporate retreats, and more.
Grand Hotel, located in Mackinac Island, Michigan will reopen on May 4 after completing its renovation. Renovations include three new suites, with interior design by Dorothy Draper & Company, and changes to the world’s longest porch at 660-feet. It will be open the first weekend in May through the end of October.
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