• Graton Resort and Casino Announces November Opening

     
    POSTED August 18, 2016
     
    Photo credit: Courtesy of Graton Resort & Casino

Graton Resort & Casino known as California’s finest resort, gaming and entertainment destination in Sonoma County’s wine country, will open publicy on Nov. 15; it has just begun accepting hotel reservations. After the $175 million renovation, the 342,000-square-foot expansion will feature 200 full-service guest rooms and a resort and spa experience on top of the $800 million casino and entertainment facility that opened in November 2013.

Highlights of the expansion include:

* A six-story hotel with 200-guestrooms and suites ranging from more than 500 square feet to 2,600 square feet

* An opulent lobby and lounge

* A luxurious 10,000-square-foot spa and adjacent fitness center

* 20,000-square feet of newly added event and convention space

* An outdoor resort-style pool area

 

The latest Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Business Travel Recovery Poll revealed that business travel is surging forward and international travel is returning alongside the challenges of rising fuel prices, inflation, supply chain disruption, and the war in Ukraine. In addition, corporate travel policies are undergoing a revamp, and a large majority of employees indicate they are willing to travel for business. 

 

The hospitality and meetings and events industries are known for their generosity. Even after a couple of tough years courtesy of the COVID-19 pandemic, helping others has remained a priority. Here are a few examples from around the country. 

 

On May 4, Knowland, a provider of meetings and events intelligence data, released its monthly report for April 2022. The data showed a significant increase in meetings activity, with a 323% increase over April 2021, including a 3.7% recovery of events from March to April 2022.

Additional information included:

•     In April 2022, the average number of attendees per event was 118, compared to 63 in April 2021 and 74 in April 2019.