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November 8, 2016

Convention Space News: Updates From Tennessee, Orlando and Phoenix

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Looking for the latest in conference space news? Here’s what’s been happening this week. 

Events Space at Wilderness at the Smokies

Looking to book an event in Tennessee? In the Great Smoky Mountains, Wilderness at the Smokies is a mountain-modern resort with an array of flexible and unique meeting space options. The Deep Creek Meeting Rooms and Cades Cove Meeting Rooms, located at Stone Hill Lodge, can accommodate groups from 35 to135, depending on banquet, classroom or theater set up. Both rooms can be divided for smaller gatherings. Additionally, the resort offers six King Executive Suites, uniquely designed with a breakout boardroom. Birthday party rooms are available as part of Monty’s Party Package, and include access to Tennessee’s largest indoor waterpark, Wild WaterDome Indoor Waterpark and two seasonal outdoor waterparks. Add on options for birthday parties include waterpark cabanas, adventure forest day passes, cake and ice-cream and an abundance of build-your-own party options.

Call 865.868.2177 for more information.

The Sevierville Convention Center, located at Stone Hill Lodge, offers corporate meeting and group planners 200,000 square feet of flexible meeting and entertainment space. The 108,245 square-foot exhibit hall can host trade shows or can accommodate up to 7,000 guests for a sit-down banquet, while a 19,290 square-foot ballroom can accommodate up to 1,120 for a plated dinner function. Both the exhibit hall and the ballroom can be separated into smaller spaces via a flexible air-wall system. For smaller gatherings, private meeting rooms are available and range in size from 511 to 1,022 square feet. For a more unique setting or function, there is also a rotunda, pre-function space, and a 54,450 square-foot tent area for outdoor gatherings. The facility is equipped with ten loading docks, and more than 1,600 parking spaces. The Sevierville Convention Center is wholly owned and operated by the City of Sevierville

Visit Seviervilleconventioncenter.com

All meeting and event spaces have state of the art audio/visual equipment and technology and also offer an extensive menu of dining and catering options.

Located off Interstate 40 in Sevierville, TN, and spanning over 200 acres, Wilderness at the Smokies’ River Lodge Suites and adjacent Stone Hill Lodge have 713 guest rooms, suites and villas. Additional lodging options include seven sanctuary villas located off-site. Wilderness at the Smokies is home to the largest year-round indoor waterpark in the state, two seasonal outdoor waterparks, a family adventure center, daily activities, dining and shopping. The Sevierville Golf Club, located adjacent to Wilderness at the Smokies, offers two eighteen hole championship courses and is recognized by Golf Digest as one of the top ten course renovations in the country.

Visit www.WildernessattheSmokies.com

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What’s Next for the Orange County Convention Center

Finally, in convention center news, Orlando reports that the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) is nearing the 2017 completion of its three-year, multimillion-dollar capital improvement plan (CPI). 

The CIP brings a number of facility-wide renovations and upgrades and adds new spaces, like new Destination Lounges in the OCCC’s North/South Building for networking and rejuvenation. Other spaces are being modernized, including a revamp of the show offices within West Halls D and E, as well as public spaces in the West Building. The OCCC has already completed upgrades to the wireless system in both the North/South and West buildings, bringing the network to a total of 1,100 access points. Still on the docket is a fifth pedestrian bridge spanning International Drive between the West Building’s third-level lobby and the sidewalk in front of the Hyatt Regency Orlando, set to open in 2017 to join the four existing pedestrian bridges to neighboring hotels. 

The plan is wrapping up as Orlando recently passed the 60 million visitor milestone, setting a new record for the U.S. tourism industry. 

Left to right: Dave Chapman, SVP, HelmsBriscoe and National Board Member, HopeKids; Mary Beth Nobs, Director of Global Accounts, Ritz-Carlton;  Angelita Tavizon; Peter Shelly, EVP, HelmsBriscoe;  Mayor Greg Stanton, City of Phoenix; John Chan, Director, Phoenix Convention Center & Venues; and  Steve Moore, CEO, Visit Phoenix.
Left to right: Dave Chapman, SVP, HelmsBriscoe and National Board Member, HopeKids; Mary Beth Nobs, Director of Global Accounts, Ritz-Carlton;  Angelita Tavizon; Peter Shelly, EVP, HelmsBriscoe;  Mayor Greg Stanton, City of Phoenix; John Chan, Director, Phoenix Convention Center & Venues; and  Steve Moore, CEO, Visit Phoenix.

HelmsBriscoe Presents Painting to City of Phoenix, Phoenix Convention Center

In a recent ceremony, HelmsBriscoe presented a painting to the City of Phoenix and the Phoenix Convention Center in recognition of their hospitality and support of the 2016 HelmsBriscoe Annual Business Conference and HB Cares charity, HopeKids. The artwork was created by nine-year-old Arizona HopeKid, Angelita Tavizon. The HopeKids organization strives to restore hope and transform the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions, their families and the communities in which they serve. The painting will be displayed in the Phoenix Convention Center.

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