• NatGeo Theater Gives Meeting Planners an Entirely New Atmosphere for Events

     
    POSTED March 21, 2018
     

    An Ocean of Possibilites

Located in the heart of Times Square, National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey, an experiential venue, is an exciting new venue in New York City. Created by Academy Award-, Grammyand Emmy-winning designers, the space offers an immersive undersea experience for guests, including interactions with on-screen sea otters, humpback whales and great white sharks. Guests can even pledge not to use plastic water bottles in order to keep the oceans clean. The space was designed to foster interaction with guests and an interactive cocktail reception can hold up to 600 guests, with seated dinners for smaller groups. 

“The technology behind it is really phenomenal. It really is an extremely high-tech space,” says Karen Shackman, president of Shackman Associates New York, the venue’s preferred event planning company. Her favorite parts of the space include interacting with the sea otters and walking through an “undersea water heaven.” The venue also boasts a prime location. “In New York City, location is so important and there’s nothing else like it in the area,” she adds. 

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.