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December 7, 2016

Roundup: AEG Ogden Back at Brisbane Convention Center, Sonesta Into U.S. West Coast

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AEG Ogden’s re-appointment in Brisbane, Sonesta’s expansion to the U.S. West Coast and the new Ithaca Marriott Downtown are the meetings industry headlines to watch today. 

AEG Ogden Re-appointed as Managers of the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

In Queensland, the government has re-appointed AEG Ogden as managers of the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) for a five year period starting July 1, 2017, along with a five-year option. 

AEG Ogden, which manages venues throughout Australia, Asia and the Middle East, has managed BCEC since its opening in 1995. Under AEG management the BCEC was voted The World’s Best Convention Centre by the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC) this past July. Over its 21 years of operation, the venue has hosted 18,000 events and 14 million guests delivering $3.87 billion in economic benefit to Queenslanders.

Now Open: Sonesta Silicon Valley

In the United States, Sonesta has expanded to the West Coast with the opening of the Sonesta Silicon Valley

The 236-room hotel in the San Jose / Santa Clara area has 4,400 square feet of flexible meeting space accommodating social and business gatherings for up to 200 guests. Six available meeting and event spaces and a dedicated convention services and catering team are available to handle all details. Audio-visual equipment and services are also available on-site.

Other amenities include an outdoor swimming pool and sun deck, outdoor firepit, fitness center, 24-hour business center, complimentary shuttle service, complimentary parking and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi. The hotel’s on-site restaurant, Brandon’s Restaurant & Grill, serves locally-inspired cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and in-room dining is also available. 

The hotel is 40 miles south of downtown San Francisco, five minutes from the San Jose International Airport and near the headquarters of Cisco, Intel, Apple, Hewlett Packard and Google

Visit www.sonesta.com/siliconvalley

Ithaca Marriott Downtown to Open December 12

On the opposite coast, the opening of the Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons is set for December 12. 

The 159-room hotel has more than 2,300 square feet of flexible meeting space, including three meeting rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Commons, and planning, catering and audiovisual services. The largest venue, the Gorges Ballroom, will accommodate up to 175.

The hotel is on Aurora Street, billed as Ithaca’s “Restaurant Row,” and two miles from Cayuga Lake, the longest of the Finger Lakes. There is also an indoor-outdoor restaurant and fitness center, as well as a complimentary shuttle to nearby Cornell University, Ithaca College and Tompkins Regional Airport (ITH).

Visit www.ithacamarriottdowntown.com

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