• New Hilton Opening in Downtown Norfolk

     
    POSTED September 18, 2016
     

Hilton Hotel’s new 21-story hotel, The Main, is opening in March 2017, in Norfolk, Va. On the corner of Granby and Main Street, right next to the Elizabeth River, the new hotel will feature the largest meeting and event spaces in Norfolk.

“The Main is a transitional moment for Norfolk, filling a void in the downtown scene offering both locals and visitors a comprehensive hospitality experience,” says Bruce Thompson, CEO, Gold Key. “We wanted to create a cultural destination in downtown Norfolk, one that excites both locals and visitors alike.”

The contemporary hotel will have 300 guest rooms, a fitness facility, indoor pool and many other amenities for guests. The Main will have 42,000 square feet of event space, 39 meeting rooms and a ballroom that can hold 1,200 guests (making it the largest ballroom in Virginia).

“The Main is more than just a hotel and conference center; it is a piece of civic architecture housing a multitude of functions designed to celebrate and connect to the surrounding community,” says Rob Uhrin, a principal in Cooper Carry’s Hospitality Studio and one of the lead architects on the project. “The large central atrium—coined the Grand Central Station of the property—ties together all the public spaces, including the food and beverage outlets, hotel spaces and event spaces, creating a dynamic experience for the guest and onlooker.”

BIG Wall Décor challenges the notion that owning large, beautiful artwork is only for the wealthy art connoisseur. With more than 20 years of experience printing for luxury brands, the BIG Wall Décor team uncovered a new print/framing solution that makes it easy and affordable (pieces start at $125) to display large-scale, on-trend artwork in trade show booths, at events, in the office, and at home. 

 

The meetings and events industry has faced its fair share of ups, downs, and everything in between since early 2020. There have been lessons learned, approaches changed, and flexibility fostered to keep moving ahead during the pandemic. Let’s take a quick look at what to expect for 2023 through the lens of the 12th annual Global Meetings & Events Forecast, produced by American Express Meetings & Events, a division of American Express Global Business Travel. 

 

Conference center concludes largest humanitarian mission to date.

The National Conference Center, a 265,000-square-foot meeting and conference facility in Loudoun County, Virginia, near Dulles International Airport, completed its contract with the U.S. government supporting the second phase of the Operation Allies Welcome (OAW) mission. In March 2022, The National Conference Center (NCC) began performing a contract with the U.S. Department of Defense providing lodging and food to Afghan allies looking to resettle and start new lives in the United States.