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November 22, 2016

U.S. and Mexico: JW Marriott Miami’s New Ballroom, Hilton Canopy Into Chicago

New venue updates in Florida and Chicago head the meetings industry news in the U.S. and Mexico this week. 

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JW Marriott Miami Redesigns Grand Ballroom and Meeting Space

The JW Marriott Miami has taken the wraps off a $1.5 million redesign of its meeting and event spaces, including all eight of its breakout meeting rooms, atrium spaces, gallery and 10,000 square foot Grand Ballroom

The redesign was done in a clean and contemporary style, and included all new furniture for the meeting rooms, such as ergonomic chairs, seminar tables, china and flatware and new banquet display tables. The Grand Ballroom also received 24 rigging points to allow for functions with major production values. 

Visit www.marriott.com

Canopy by Hilton to Open Chicago Hotel

Hilton’s new lifestyle hotel brand, Canopy by Hilton, has announced plans for a new hotel in Chicago

Slated to open in fall 2018, the Canopy by Hilton Chicago Loop will draw design cues from Chicago’s downtown neighborhood. It will have an entrance on La Salle Street with its reception area, restaurant, bar and Canopy Central Lobby on the building’s 20th level. Other amenities will include a fitness center, a day transfer lounge, 4,000 square feet of meeting space, and a rooftop terrace and bar.

Guests will have two complimentary choices for breakfast: in the Canopy Central lobby, or a Canopy Breakfast Bag delivered to their room. Each evening, complimentary wine and beer tastings will be held in the Canopy Central lobby. 

The hotel will be a conversion of the top four floors of the historic landmarked building by Daniel Burnham at 208 S. LaSalle, which also houses the new 610-key JW Marriott with its entrance at 161 W. Adams. Canopy’s room will have an average of 480 square feet, wood floors, 60” HDTVS and large bathrooms with walk-in showers and private toilet compartments, as well as many one and two-bedroom corner suites.

The Loop neighborhood is home to 100 restaurants, galleries, and boutiques and numerous subway and elevated rapid transit stations. The Canopy’s staff, known as “Enthusiasts,” will lead guests to popular neighborhood attractions including Millennium Park, Grant Park, State Street, which hosts a historic shopping district, the Art Institute of Chicago, once the tallest building in the world, Willis Tower and its Observation Skydeck, and the theaters and restaurants within a 10 minute walk of the hotel.

Travelers can also enjoy artwork from local artists, traditional and locally-sourced food an drink, and destination-specific welcome gifts. 

Visit www.canopybyhilton.com

New TownePlace Suites By Marriott in Ames, Iowa

In other hotel news, Marriott International has opened the TownePlace Suites by Marriott Ames, Iowa

The hotel has 2,200 square feet of meeting space that can accommodate functions of up to 250 people, as well as studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens and separate living/working and sleeping areas. 

The property is also five minutes from the Ames Municipal Airport and 10 minutes from the historic downtown area, with access to the Hilton Coliseum, Reiman Gardens, Iowa State University and Jack Trice Stadium.

The Westin Reston Heights Wins 2016 Green Travel Leader Award

In sustainable venue news, The Westin Reston Heights in Reston, VA, took home the 2016 Green Travel Leader Award recently from the Commonwealth of Virginia's travel arm, the Virginia Tourism Corporation

The hotel, which is located just outside of Washington, DC, has had a green program in place since its opening in 2008. Its Green Events Package offers planners environmentally friendly packages for meetings, including offering all signatures and correspondence via email to reduce paper waste. It also participates in the Starwood Sustainable Meetings Program, which offers all meeting guests paperless meeting planning, electronic proposals, receipts, menus and booking options. Clutter free set ups and recycled paper products are used in meeting rooms. Food is sourced locally and ethical and sustainable choices are made whenever applicable, the hotel said. The hotel's restaurant, Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro, uses locally sourced food, a chef’s garden for fresh vegetables and herbs with minimal pesticides and herbicide. The Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro also uses energy star rated computers, and appliances, compact fluorescent light bulbs, LED exit signs, thermal rated windows and insulation, green cleaners, bulk soap and electronic menus when planning special events.

As part of the Starwood 30/20/20 Sustainability Program, the hotel's goal is to reduce energy consumption by 30 percent and water consumption by 20 percent by the year 2020. It has a Recycling and Waste Reduction Program to recylce and reuse materials wherever possible throughout the hotel, as well as a Water Conservation Program that has seen the installation of high efficiency dryers, low flush toilets and automatic faucets and toilets in public restrooms. Additionally, compact fluorescent light bulbs, LED exit signs, high efficiency HVAC systems, individual thermostats for each room/area, Energy Star rated computers, copiers and appliances, light sensors and thermal rated windows and insulation all work to conserve energy. 

Visit www.westinreston.com

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