San Francisco Marriott Marquis and San Jose Marriott have introduced “Meet Well,” a new team-building initiative that gives groups a healthier option. The initiative will include healthy banquet and coffee break menus, active meeting options, wellness topics and speakers, body-friendly seat spacing, meeting planning perks and volunteer options.
In early 2017, the Courtyard by Marriott Denver Downtown will begin remodeling; it is expected to finish in early April. The multimillion-dollar revamp will include updates to the lobby and meeting spaces. The design will have a modern vintage feel while staying true to the rich history of the building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Natirar, a 35,000-square-foot mansion located in New Jersey’s Somerset Hills, is undergoing renovations and expansion. The project is expected to be completed in June 2017 and will feature a complete restoration and a brand-new grand ballroom.
In a joint venture, Patriarch Equities, Highgate and Sioni Group have acquired the 618-room Affinia Manhattan hotel. Highgate will assume management duties of the hotel, which will be rebranded as the Stewart Hotel.
MGM National Harbor, the first luxury resort in the Capital Region of Maryland, is officially open for business.
“MGM Resorts is bringing the same high standards for hospitality, service and quality to Maryland that we are recognized for in our hotels in Las Vegas and around the world,” says Lorenzo Creighton, president, MGM National Harbor. “Furthermore, the resort’s proximity to the nation’s capital provides us with a rich, diverse community that has enabled us to build a dynamic workforce that reflects our commitment to inclusion.”
The Red River Canopy Walk is constructing a $6 million elevated passage in Austin. This will be the only pedestrian bridge that connects the Austin Convention Center directly to a hotel. The passageway between Fairmont Austin and the center will help bring in many high-profile events.
Minnesotans, get excited. The tantalizing menu at Portillo’s—Chicago’s fast casual restaurant that serves Chicago-style cuisine—will now be available in Woodbury. The restaurant will be located at 8450 Hudson Road. They are set to begin construction in the coming months and are slated for a summer 2017 opening—the perfect seasons for hot dogs, a menu favorite.
Finding a venue is one of the first decisions a meeting planner makes. Its size and location can make a big impact on meeting attendance. The Sheraton Tysons Hotel—managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts—located outside of Washington, DC, is helping planners choose by offering a package for planners booking through 2020.
Associated Luxury Hotels International has officially added its 24th luxury hotel in Florida: the Four-Diamond Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. The 769-room resort is surrounded by 36 holes of Greg Norman-designed championship golf, 15 acres of recreation and pools, a 10,000-square-foot Mokara Spa, the David Leadbetter Gold Academy and much more. Most importantly though, it offers 128,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space that include three ballrooms, 48 meeting rooms and 70,000 square feet of outdoor space.
Offering meeting and event planners event space for any number of attendees, Planet Hollywood Observatory in Disney Springs, Fla., is opening this fall to host any unique event you need. Located in the heart of Disney Springs, the venue is four stories of meeting space that includes five different event spaces with Stargaze bar, expansive main floor and two patio spaces. Planet Hollywood also offers a 4,500-square-foot video wall that can be used for corporate purposes, up-to-date furnishings such as planet-shaped light fixtures and an interactive DJ for night events.