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.
From an 1838 mansion in New York to a 108-year-old bank and former courthouse in Kentucky, historic buildings around the United States are being repurposed into hotels and meeting and event spaces, providing memorable places to gather. Here are five excellent examples.
Since 2008, the 20-acre Harley-Davidson Museum campus has been a must-see destination for guests from around the globe, both riders and non-riders alike. A campus makeover began last summer with the groundbreaking of a new, year-round event space.
Rendering of Omaha's Riverfront Revitalization Project and Gene Leahy Mall that are part of downtown improvements, courtesy Visit Omaha
Nebraska’s largest city, Omaha, continues to up its game as a destination for meetings and events and leisure travel. Working my first two years out of college for a large bank holding company based in Omaha, the recent announcements caught my attention.
The Mob Museum, officially known as the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, celebrated its 10th anniversary with its first fundraising gala “Undercover of the Night” on Feb. 17 at the museum’s historic building in downtown Las Vegas. The museum can be booked for private meetings and events, with several function spaces and buyouts available.
As more women than ever hold positions of leadership in the workplace, especially in the meetings and events industry, Dr. Sherry Hartnett explains why “leaning back” to mentor younger women might be the best way to help them “lean in” and rise to the top.
As CEO of Miami-based Loni Paige Events, Loni Paige has launched and managed experiential campaigns for high-profile brands such as Bacardi, vitaminwater, T-Mobile, American Express and Target. While many people used quarantine cocktailing as a coping mechanism during the COVID-19 pandemic, it was the bars and everyone’s favorite mixologists who needed their own shot of help. Paige set out to do her part by creating Mixology Mixer.
New ownership and an upcoming multi-million-dollar upgrade are going hand-in-hand for The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch. Florida-based Driftwood Capital acquired the 16.2-acre property featuring 326 guest rooms and 80,000 square feet of meeting and event space in mid-February and announced that the renovation project will begin this summer. Upon completion in early 2023, the resort will join Curio Collection by Hilton
Meeting in an idyllic, natural setting doesn’t mean you have to give up a dynamic urban energy –at least not when you’re gathering in The Woodlands, a charming community located less than 30 miles from Houston and George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The town boasts a full social calendar, as well as all of the conveniences found in a more metropolitan locale. But it is shaded by acres of heritage trees, surrounded by neighborhood parks and centered around the sparkling waters of Lake Woodlands and The Woodlands Waterway.
Photo credit: Randall L. Schieber