• Fairmont Elevates Austin in City Events Market

     
    POSTED January 4, 2017
     

The Red River Canopy Walk is constructing a $6 million elevated passage in Austin. This will be the only pedestrian bridge that connects the Austin Convention Center directly to a hotel. The passageway between Fairmont Austin and the center will help bring in many high-profile events.

“Without Fairmont Austin and its connectivity to the Austin Convention Center, we simply would have never considered Austin a viable destination for our conference,” says Amy Phillips, CMP, senior director, meetings and events, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “The synergy of these two facilities allows us to host our 3,000-delegate event in Austin, while the Central Business District location enables us to utilize multiple area hotels for our attendees.”

The 33-foot tall passage provides pedestrians with aerial views of Waller Creek and Palm Park as they travel between the 37-story hotel and the convention center.

“The Red River Canopy Walk provides an uncomplicated convention experience which will attract events that may have overlooked Austin in the past,” says Tom Voss, managing director of the hotel. “Fairmont Austin adds an element of style, service and sophistication that will enhance the Austin brand.”

Fairmont Austin offers more than 150,000 square feet of event space, including the Congressional Ballroom, which has 26,100 square feet, the 31,100-square-foot Manchester Ballroom, 23 executive meeting rooms, the seventh floor pool and event deck, and much more.

The Red River Canopy Walk will be completed by August 2017.

Remote working has become mainstream with the continued presence of COVID-19. While many people have welcomed the new normal of working from home, others miss the separation of spaces, as many corporate offices have remained closed since March. Without the daily obligation to go into the office, professionals have the ability to travel more freely. Hotels across the country are creating “work from hotel” deals–a play on “work from home”–so people can explore new places while still fitting in their 9 to 5.  

 

Choosing a career in the event industry is not for the faint of heart. Let’s face it: Event planning is stressful. The last-minute changes, demands from clients and surmounting urgency of a quickly approaching event can make it difficult to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

As a new mother, I’m right there with you and need just as much help developing a healthy work-life balance. In my experiences working in events, I’ve found the following to be helpful ways to care for my mental health, despite being in a stressful profession:

 

In light of COVID-19, a survey commissioned by the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) discovered that 44 percent of Americans are planning leisure trips or overnight travel before the end of 2020.