Category Archives: Convention Centers

Report: Conventions Offer Many Long-Term Benefits

Conventions customarily are viewed as opportunities for people to share and enrich their knowledge about a particular field or interest, network with others and experience some of the top features of the destination. Actually, conventions play a much greater, more dynamic role as convention and visitors bureaus collaborate with local governments, economic development agencies, academic…

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Gaming Properties: One-Stop Shops for Meetings

Gaming properties offer attractive options for groups all under one roof Only a special destination could make a Silicon Valley-based organization spurn the sleek, tech-savvy meeting venues of San Francisco and San Jose for the comparatively remote town of Lincoln, California, 150 miles to the northeast. Thunder Valley Casino Resort does just that. For the…

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5 Green Pointers for Eco-Friendly Meeting Planners

The National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia, is doing its part to reduce the Beltway’s carbon footprint. The center, which offers 250 meeting rooms comprising 265,000 sq. ft. of event space, is celebrating Earth Day 2017 by encouraging meeting planners to go green. Located about 40 miles from Washington, D.C., the conference center has 917…

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5 Things You Didn’t Know about Houston

Monument Au Fantome in Discovery Green Amid all the hype about the Super Bowl, you probably heard that Houston has had a makeover. New hotels, renovations and restaurants have transformed this bustling metropolitan city into a must-visit destination. So much has changed in the last few years to transform Houston into a nearly brand new…

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New Hotel and Convention Center in Texas to Target Meetings

A new upscale hotel is being built in Allen, Texas, to accommodate meetings and events. Benchmark, a global hospitality company, announced it will operate the new Delta by Marriott Hotel and Watters Creek Convention Center north of Dallas. The hotel will feature 300 guest rooms and is scheduled to open in late 2018. Upon completion…

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Tech Upgrades Coming to Las Vegas Convention Center

Features such as a new 600,000-square-foot exhibit hall and 150,000 sq. ft. of new meeting rooms tend to dominate headlines related to the $1.4 billion Las Vegas Convention Center expansion and renovation. But those are just two of the many updates that will improve the conference experience for planners and attendees. Another key component of…

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What Planners Need to Know About San Francisco’s Moscone Center Expansion

Rendering courtesy of mosconeexpansion.com Now past the halfway point, the multiyear, $500 million expansion of San Francisco’s Moscone Center is making progress toward a late 2018 completion date. We recently talked with John Reyes, executive vice president and chief sales officer for San Francisco Travel, who filled us in on construction plans and facility upgrades….

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Hot Cities, Cool Choices in North Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas

Casual sophistication. Easy access. Affordability. Add an array of rousing entertainment and shopping with infinite dining possibilities, and you have the makings of a great meeting. Whether it’s the tap of cowboy boots on a wooden floor or the click of high heels downtown, attendees are guaranteed to enjoy these four great cities.

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Philadelphia Records Highest-Ever Convention Booking Year

Philadelphia’s prestige as a meeting destination dates to 1774, when the Continental Congress assembled in Carpenter’s Hall. Centuries later, that reputation continues to thrive. The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) reported 2016 as its highest-ever convention booking year, having secured 713 events using 903,199 hotel room nights for future years. Compared to 2015, the…

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