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November 16, 2016

Roundup: JW Marriott Miami Revamps Ballroom, Year-End Parties to Grow

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JW Marriott Miami’s ballroom renovations and new meeting and event spaces across the U.S. are the top news to watch today in the meetings and events industry. 

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

Study: Year-End Corporate Parties Expected to Grow

In other news, the end of the year is fast approaching, and catering and event professionals are expecting to see growth in corporate end-of-year parties, according to a new report from the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE)

In the survey, 42 percent of NACE members said that business would increase, while 28 percent said that levels will be about the same and 19 percent said they would be lower. 

Additionally, most -- 47 percent -- said that corporate event business for 2017 would be higher than in 2016. Thirty-five percent said there would be no changes and 18 percent said that business would be lower. 

Many companies are exploring ways to host their year-end celebrations, but in ways that are still economical, the NACE said. For example survey respondents said that events are being in held in employees’ homes, or in venues that are already decorated for the holidays. Many also said that entertainment – particularly technology-based and interactive entertainment – is becoming more important than menu selections.  

Source: NACE

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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.

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