• Huddle Up at the West End

     
    POSTED February 21, 2020
     

Just minutes from the buzz of downtown Minneapolis, The West End Conference Center is a haven for meetings and events. With smart, distraction-free conference spaces, loads of free parking and walkable post-meeting fun, this St Louis Park gem is a win-win for everyone.

Since its inception in March of 2019, the property has committed to providing hassle-free planning and faultless experiences for attendees. “We started as an education and training company, but were frustrated with inconsistent service and unpredictable amenities that came with renting hotel ballrooms, so we created our own space,” says Teri Bylander-Pinke, the property’s COO. The product was a state-of-the-art facility with foolproof technology, flexible space configurations and catering options with no service fees.

The new facility offers three large rooms and two smaller six-person conference rooms. The ‘Tank’ is the largest of the rooms at 1,323 square feet for up to 66 guests. For more intimate breakouts, five ‘huddle rooms’ can each accommodate up to three. Free fiber-based internet, projection screens in the large spaces and TVs for the smaller spaces are provided.

Designed with businesses in mind, the contemporary, minimalist style provides a productive work environment that doesn’t sacrifice comfort. The interactive aesthetic makes the West End Conference Center ideal for events like board meetings, workshops or training sessions.

The time is right; the stage is set. Groups are ready to meet face to face again, and the four-star luxury hotel MGM Grand Detroit is ready to welcome you back.

According to MPI’s report “Spring 2021 Meetings Outlook,” three-quarters of meeting professionals predict a face-to-face event this calendar year. And that definitely rings true for Lisa Williams, executive director of sales for the hotel.

 

Despite an overall crushing year for the hospitality industry in Pennsylvania, some seeds of hope have been planted and are finally sprouting in the form of new hotel openings. These new properties on the horizon have ample meeting and event space up for grabs, all within close proximity of each other. As capacities allowances increase, check out the new real estate for meetings and events at the following hotels.

 

Making the most of Minnesota’s ideal (and ever-fleeting) outdoor event season is a time-honored tradition, but outdoor venues hold a whole new appeal in a post-pandemic landscape. 
Plein air events can offer planners plenty of space to safely distance their guests as well as peace of mind to attendees still wary of in-person gatherings—as well as some much-needed screen-free interaction.