The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau announced that 2016 was its highest convention booking year ever with 713 events and 903,199 hotel room nights secured for future years. This is an 18.2 percent increase in the number of events and a 5.8 percent increase in room nights secured during 2015.
Downtown Wayzata is getting a new wedding venue, The Hotel Landing, set to open in summer 2017. It will be the first hotel on the shoreline of Lake Minnetonka in more than 50 years.
For wedding parties, the hotel has a 2,710-square-foot ballroom, a bridal sweet, a Nordic spa, a two-story restaurant and 92 guest rooms. The hotel is in the heart of downtown and within walking distances of countless restaurants and shops.
The hotel is officially accepting bookings for weddings and reservations. For more information, head to TheHotelLandings.com.
Alan Palmer has landed the job of group sales director for Snowmass Tourism. He brings 30 years of experience in ski area and hospitality to his position.
“We are thrilled to bring Alan on board as the new group sales director at Snowmass Tourism,” says Rose Abello, tourism director. “Alan’s wealth of experience in the ski and hospitality industries, not to mention his experience with the leisure travel and the tour operator market, make him a wonderful addition to our group sales team.”
Celebrating three years with the Los Angeles Convention Center on Dec. 20, AEG Management is celebrating another achievement of leading the convention center to $6.1 million in reserves and annual operating surplus. This ended in a record-breaking financial result for the LACC along with many other improvements since the partnership began in 2013.
Since the management change, the LACC increased operating profits each year and surpassing its initial goal of $2.1 million in the first five years in only three years with $6.1 million instead.
Four years after it met in Philadelphia, Lightfair International will again convene at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in 2017.
Lightfair is the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference; it first met in Philly in 2011. The event’s return signifies the effectiveness of the convention center’s new business model.
A packed summer convention calendar likely resulted in a huge boon for Center City hotels, which saw record hotel occupancy in June.
Overall occupancy peaked at 89.4 percent—the highest monthly occupancy on record. The average daily rate also broke a record, witnessing $212.95, the highest since October 2014. The Government Finance Officers Association, the Biotechnology Industrial Organization convention and the International Society for Technology in Education convention helped grow midweek occupancy.