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November 11, 2016

Roundup: New Event Spaces in Austin, Florida Keys

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From new event venues in Austin, the Florida Keys and China to a new team building program in Westchester County, New York, here are the meetings industry headlines to watch today. 

New Venue: Palazzo Lavaca, Austin

One of the oldest buildings in Austin, the Palazzo Lavaca has been reimagined as an event venue after a huge renovation that also pays tribute to the building’s 130 years of history. 

Most of the building’s original features were kept, with the longleaf pine floors resorted, the old 1905 Otis elevator (originally controlled by a hand pulley) refurbished, and the walls scraped down to get to what is believed to be the original green color while exposing patches of brits and concrete. The building’s trademark Capital Saddlery boot still hangs from the front. 

Planners looking to book an event can choose from five distinct spaces: an open-air courtyard, a Violet Flame Bar, a Grand Ballroom, a Great Room, and a media lounge. There is also a state-of-the-art kitchen.

Visit http://www.palazzolavaca.com/

Angler & Ale at Hawks Cay Resort Opens in The Florida Keys

In other new venue news, the new Angler & Ale restaurant at Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys has opened with space for groups of up to 88 people. 

The restaurant has two private indoor dining areas — a large room for groups of 66 and a smaller room for parties of 22. 

The menu focuses on craft beer and locally sourced seafood. Groups who opt for the “Hook N’ Cook” experience will have the chance to bring back their fresh catches from their fishing excursion and have the chef prepare a customized dish. There is also an outdoor deck with two fire pits surrounded by lounge chairs. 

Hawks Cay Resort has the largest meeting space in the Keys, with seven outdoor and 13 indoor venues. 

Visit www.hawkscay.com

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The Sanya Edition Opens in China

In China, the newest addition to Ian Schrager’s Edition luxury hotel brand has opened with a 14,000 square foot Grand Ballroom with seating for 900 guests, making it one of the largest ballroom spaces in Haitang Bay. The space has views of the surrounding forest, teak-floored rooms and louvered wood panel walls opening onto a sunken courtyard and garden. Adjacent to the meeting center is amphitheater offering a setting for open-air concerts and events.

The Sanya Edition is situated on Hainan Island, off the coast of southern China, set within 50 acres of tropical greenery. It has a 20,000 square meter private ocean overlooking the South China Sea and 512 residential-style guest rooms, including 46 suites and an additional 17 villas on a terraced hillside, each of which has a private pool and private outdoor space. All guest rooms have ocean views. 

For dining Market at Edition serves a menu that reference’s Sanya’s history as a trading port, while The Jade Egret serves up cocktails, craft beers and premium wines to pair with a selection of appetizers, including Peking duck pancakes, hand rolls or small plates inspired by Spanish tapas. 

There is also a poolside rooftop bar with an open-plan layout designed to promote socializing, plus a lifestyle shop co-curated by UCCA (Ullens Center for Contemporary Art) Beijing and Steven Giles of Miami Edition

Visit www.editionhotels.com

New Team Building Program in New York

Finally, in incentive news, Doral Arrowwood Resort and True North Team Building have launched a new The Remarkable Race program. The competition, based loosely on the highly popular TV program, The Amazing Race, focuses on collaboration, risk vs. reward and time management through a series of team challenges. This activity can be customized for an organization or to a meeting theme.  

The exercise can be held indoors or outside, where participants can roam the Doral Arrowwood’s 114 acres. Located 30 miles north of Manhattan, the Doral Arrowwood Resort offers conference facilities, 369 newly-renovated rooms, dining options and an array of recreational facilities including a championship golf course, tennis, hiking, an indoor/outdoor pool and a fully-equipped fitness center. The Remarkable Race package, which includes Doral Arrowwood’s complete meeting package components, is planned from Sunday through Monday or Tuesday.

The Remarkable Race Package is priced from $399 per person for groups of 30 or more and includes both the Doral Arrowwood’s value-added comprehensive meetings package and the Remarkable Race teambuilding program. This special package is available for meetings to take place before March 31, 2017.

Visit www.doralarrowwood.com

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