• CWT Meetings & Events Names Minneapolis a Destination on the Rise for 2020

     
    POSTED September 23, 2019
     

Due to its influx of new hotels and venues, hosting of major events like the Super Bowl LII, vibrant music and food scene, and value, Minneapolis has been named a destination on the rise in 2020 by CWT Meetings & Events.

"The brand of the Bold North as a great destination which delivers a great experience – regardless of the weather – truly does aid in selling the Twin Cities," says Beau Ballin, commercial leader, North America, CWT Meetings & Events.

As the 13th largest metropolitan economy in the U.S., Minneapolis boasts more than just a unique cityscape. "The great outdoors, 10,000 lakes and Mall of America continue to be the backdrop for attracting events," Ballin says.

Tourism in Minneapolis continues to grow as the city is consistently ranked a top place to live and work, plus it was named a top outdoor city and ranked the healthiest city in North America by Forbes.

"Those who visit Minneapolis for national events or business meetings show a large propensity to return on personal vacation," Ballin says. "A vibrant city, world-class dining, local and national theatre, a growing list of business and boutique hotels against the backdrop of seasonally-inspired outdoor experiences have proven to be a significant draw. And of course, the Mall of America continues to pull in tourism from around the globe."

Though Minneapolis continues to struggle with being relatively unknown and perceived as having a short season due to its record-breaking cold spells, Ballin says the city's greatest strengths reside in its great air lift, strong service mindset and ability to surprise and delight as a destination.

"The addition of luxury supply and additional boutique hotels round out gaps the Twin Cities has historically had and definitely improves our attractiveness as an event destination," Ballin adds. "The Canopy by Hilton, the Hewing Hotel, The JW Marriott and the June announcement of a Four Seasons opening in 2022 in downtown Minneapolis are cause for excitement in a city previously dominated by 3-star business hotels."

After several months of renovations, the DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia-Valley Forge is now open as the Alloy – King of Prussia, a DoubleTree by Hilton.

 

After almost 20 years of vacancy, the Cook County Hospital in Chicago will be put to use once again. A $150 million adaptive reuse project restored the historic, 106-year-old hospital, which has become a combined Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotel, as well as medical offices, a museum, a food hall and more. While the opening is multi-phased, the hotels are scheduled to open in late July.  

 

Doctors, nurses, grocery store employees and more were essential to sustaining the continued stay-at-home orders that helped fight the spread of COVID-19. Such workers put their health at risk for the benefit of society, and Nakoma Resort and the Lost Sierra Chamber of Commerce want to recognize them for their efforts through the “Send Your Heroes” campaign.