The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center


Best Conference Center: The Hotel Hershey

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The Hotel Hershey is a Four Star, Four Diamond historic property, located a short drive from five of the largest metropolitan areas in the Northeast. Unique team-building activities, an award-winning pastry chef and culinary team, and a wide range of amenities make The Hotel Hershey a premier choice for meeting planners. Unique Meeting Space At…


Conference Center Directory

The following is a list of national conference centers, conference rooms, facilities and conference venues. If you’re planning a conference, click on any of the links below to see a complete profile of any conference center, resort or hotel, with photos, contact information, exhibit space details and meeting room information. Meeting planners and conference planning professionals sign…


Convention and Visitors Bureaus Directory

What are CVBs? A CVB (Convention and Visitors Bureau) is a non-profit organization that represents a specific city, town or state. One of the primary functions of a CVB is to help meeting planners and event planners with the planning and coordination of events and meetings, including everything from locating the perfect meeting facility to arranging transportation needs. United States CVBs…


Woodlands Resort to Renovate Meeting Space

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The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center near Houston on Wednesday announced a major redevelopment project that will involve a facelift for all 60,000 sq. ft. of its existing meeting and event facilities, including the ballroom, boardrooms, breakout space, lobby and prefunction areas. In addition, the renovation and expansion will involve improvements to 222 guest rooms…


Lansdowne Resort in Virginia Gets New GM


Destination Hotels & Resorts has hired Lloyd Williams to serve as general manager for Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Va. Williams has more than two decades of hospitality experience, including management roles at such properties as The Woodlands Conference Center near Houston, Williamsburg Lodge at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia and Innisbrook Resort near Tampa, Fla. In…


Extreme Makeover: Convention Center Edition

Meeting Planning

On the popular show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, an army of carpenters and decorators converge on a home and flip it into a brand-new space. Sometimes, the makeover involves sprucing up an existing structure. Other times, bulldozers are rolled out and a whole new structure is built from top to bottom.  In the convention center…


Burning Through Houston and Galveston


For our final two days in Texas, Dana and I blazed through Houston and Galveston, spending the night at the Woodlands Resort & Conference Center north of Houston. The 440-room sprawling resort property offers 60,000 sq. ft. of IACC-certified meeting space, multiple on-site restaurants and a strong recreation focus with 140 miles of hiking and…


2012 Platinum Choice Award Winners

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Topping off another year of industry success, Smart Meetings is proud to announce its Platinum Choice Award winners, and for the second year, we are pleased to recognize both hotels and CVBs with this honor. Among a long lineup of contestants, these exemplary properties and organizations have proven to be the best in terms of…


2015 Platinum Choice Awards Winners

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Since there are thousands of qualified properties and associations, Smart Meetings tips its hat to the 192 winning groups in 2015. Winners of the award have demonstrated exemplary standards of excellence ranging from ambience, amenities, breadth of resources, facility quality, guest services, meeting space and packages, recreational activities, restaurant and dining options, and technical support….