Whether or not your event is black-tie, host it at the Detroit Zoo’s Polk Penguin Conservation Center and at least 80 guests will be wearing tuxedos.

The King Penguins, Gentoo Penguins, Macaroni Penguins and Rockhopper Penguins, to be exact. The stunning new center for the four species, designed by Jones and Jones and Albert Kahn Associates, resembles a gigantic Arctic glacier.

“It’s the largest penguin facility in the world, and features an incredible 325,000-gallon, 25-foot-deep aquatic area with an underwater viewing gallery and two acrylic tunnels that provide spectacular views of the birds,” says Jennie Miller, the zoo’s communications manager. The interior is meant to evoke Arctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship, and the display even includes blasts of icy air and salty seawater mist.

The $30 million facility, which opened in April, is available for evening event rentals, granting your guests VIP access to close-up views of the penguins. Your crowd will be delighted as the charming birds provide the entertainment by sliding down the snow and diving into their deep-blue tank, twirling, flipping and trailing bubbles along the way.

The space can accommodate 60 guests for a seated meal or 170 for a strolling reception. The $5,000 rental fee includes tables, linens, chairs and parking. Catering is provided through Detroit Zoo Catering and full bar service is available, along with menu options ranging from plated meals to a hot buffet or elegant passed hors d’oeuvres. And since both food and drink are managed in-house by

Located in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, Hotel Drover, an award-winning Autograph Collection Hotel by Marriott, focuses on simple pleasures and genuine hospitality. Kick-off your boots and stay awhile with 200 rustic-luxe rooms and suites. When ready, grab a hand-crafted cocktail or cold beer and wander outside to The Backyard at Hotel Drover, an outdoor oasis, with creekside seating, outdoor games, and seasonal live music.

 

In 1927, Hilton Hotels founder Conrad Hilton said, "Abilene, Texas will be well prepared to handle large conventions and please the most fastidious visitor." Nearly 95 years later, Abilene has fulfilled this vision and is excited to welcome back the Hilton family of hotels in the heart of Downtown Abilene with a recently announced DoubleTree by Hilton.

 

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.