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November 7, 2016
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Roundup: Venue Updates in Portland, Miami and More




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Today in the meetings and events industry we’re bringing you the latest on venue updates across the country. Take a look. 

Hilton Portland to Wrap Renovations in Spring 2017

In Portland, the 782-room Hilton Portland has announced plans for a multimillion-dollar renovation of its events space, guest rooms, lobby and restaurant and bar venues, slated for completing in spring 2017. 

The project will add 6,500 square feet of new meeting and event space, as well as new restaurant and bar venues. Altogether, the project will bring the property’s event space total to 60,000 square feet, with the addition of two new breakout rooms converted from the hotel’s former athletic club. On the second floor of the main building, a 5,500 square foot ballroom has been added to allow for a space that is flooded with light from the windows on three of the walls and a large skylight. Additional break out space was expanded by 600 square feet to support the Plaza Level, and the new fitness room has been relocated to the first floor. 

Lobby updates will include a new front desk and a communal seating area in the area between HopCity Tavern & Market, the hotel’s locally-sourced American gastro pub which opened in 2015, and the new front desk.

The Executive Tower building of the Hilton Portland, located across the street from the main tower of the hotel, will also undergo a complete transformation into a boutique lifestyle hotel with a new name. This space will also include a new restaurant called Jackrabbit by Chef Chris Cosentino, to be completed in spring 2017. 

Hyatt Regency Coral Gables Renovates Mezzanine Level Rooms and Boardrooms

In Miami, the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables has completed a four-month renovation of its mezzanine level rooms and boardrooms, as well as the Alcazaba ballroom, once a popular nightclub. All of the newly renovated spaces make up part of the property’s 19,000 square feet of meeting and event space. 

In terms of food and beverage, the 253-room hotel has also updated its restaurants with a refresh for the Two Sisters, which first opened its doors in 1987. 

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MGM National Harbor Joins ALHI Ahead of December Opening

In Maryland, the 308-room MGM National Harbor, which is set to open this December on the banks of the Potomac River, has joined Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). The resort is now served by the ALHI Global Sales Organization to the North American Meetings & Incentives marketplace, according to ALHI President Jim Schultenover.

When it opens the resort will have 53,000 square feet of meeting space, including the 16,137 square foot MGM Grand Ballroom, with a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of the Potomac River. Additional meeting and event options include the 4,300-square-foot Bellagio Ballroom, the Grand Ballroom Terrace, a 3,000-seat theater, and picturesque Potomac Plaza (overlooking the harbor with views of the Potomac and the nation’s capital). The guest rooms and suites will have modern amenities, a 48-inch HD LCD TV, and high-speed Wi-Fi. In addition, the resort will offer a 125,000-square-foot casino, a 27,000-square-foot spa, celebrity chef restaurants, a Pan Asian restaurant, a sports bar, patisserie, food market, and luxury retail shops. The resort is just seven miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), and 36 miles from both Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) and Dulles International Airport (IAD).

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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. 

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