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July 25, 2017

Supplier News: Hilton Atlanta’s Reno, New AC Hotel in Columbus

A number of big hotel openings and updates lead this week’s supplier news in the meetings and events industry.

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Hilton Atlanta Completes MICE-Focused Renovation

Hilton Atlanta, a 1,249-room downtown hotel, has announced the completion of its multi-million-dollar redesign with upgraded guest rooms, meeting spaces and public areas. The refresh is the first of a three-phase renovation program slated to be completed by 2018.

With 129,000 square feet of meeting space and increased Internet bandwidth, the hotel’s second floor now houses two ballrooms – the Grand Salon and Grand Ballroom – and 23 breakout rooms on one level, which allow groups to host multiple meetings. Targeting groups with visual projection demands, the reconfigured Grand Salon has newly expanded 22 feet of additional ceiling height and pillarless infrastructure. The redesigned Galleria Exhibit Hall provides additional breakouts and meeting spaces.

A private check-in desk was designed with large groups in mind to offer a centralized hub for group check-ins and registration. Adjacent is a more conveniently located 24-hour Marketplace Café that offers fresh sandwiches, salads and snacks, many of which are sourced by local vendors.

Designed by New York City-based architecture and interior design firm Stonehill & Taylor, the hotel’s newly unveiled design aims to honor Atlanta’s aesthetic, culture and history. Subtle nods of 70’s-inspired décor like brass fixtures and bold patterns are peppered throughout public spaces and guestrooms as a tribute to the iconic decade in which the hotel made its debut.

Adjacent to the lobby, a newly unveiled lounge caters to business travelers with contemporary décor that incorporates transit-inspired design elements. With Atlanta being known as a “city in a forest” for its dense foliage, guests will notice a modern, cascading chandelier reminiscent of descending leaves upon arrival, followed by a leaf-inspired light fixture perpendicular to vertical mirrors that emulate a forest-like panorama at check-in.

Trader Vic’s, a Polynesian tiki lounge, and Nikolai’s Roof, an upscale French-Russian-inspired restaurant on the hotel’s top floor, have new libation-inspired private event programming such as Mai Tai mixology classes and vodka tastings. Mainstays in Atlanta’s restaurant scene, both have remained open for 41 years since the hotel’s opening.

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AC Hotel Columbus Dublin to Open Next to Event Venue/h2>

Columbus, Ohio, is getting a new boutique hotel next to one of the city’s newest event spaces. 

The AC Hotel Columbus Dublin is set top open this September in the upscale Bridge Park development of Dublin, next door to The Exchange by Cameron Mitchell Premier Events, a new event space that can accommodate up to 500 guests. 

The 150-room hotel will also be 20 minutes from downtown Columbus and within walking distance of historic Dublin, where event attendees can enjoy restaurants, shopping and golf. A glass elevator will bring guests up to VASO, the rooftop restaurant and bar, where guests and locals can enjoy cocktails and tapas while taking in views of the Scioto River

Other nearby attractions in Bridge Park include Cameron Mitchell’s Cap City Diner, as well as the “grown-up arcade experience” Pins Mechanical, said AC Hotel Columbus Dublin General Manager Orcun Turkay in a written release. 

The hotel will also have a spacious lobby, AC Lounge and meeting rooms, each incorporating elements of European Modernism. A Spanish-inspired breakfast will be offered in its AC Kitchen, featuring egg dishes, freshly baked croissants and pastries, cheeses and sliced prosciutto.

Guests are invited to celebrate the hotel’s opening by booking the Dublin Debut offer, including a $50 F&B credit with two-night minimum stays from October 1 through December 29, 2017. Rates start at $159 per night. For more information and to book, visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/cmhac-ac-hotel-columbus-dublin.

John Washko Named New VP Convention Sales for Mohegan Sun

Mohegan Sun has announced the hiring of John Washko as vice president of exhibitions and conventions sales. 

john washkoWashko has held previous executive level roles with Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas and The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. Washko will be heavily involved with the sales and direction of the Mohegan Sun Expo Center, currently being built near the Earth Tower at Mohegan Sun.

In a written release, Ray Pineualt, president and general manager of Mohegan Sun, said that Washko brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and leadership to Mohegan Sun’s meetings and conventions team. 

Washko has also held important roles in sales, marketing, group sales and hospitality in his 20+ year career in the resort industry. In addition to his previous roles with Atlantis and The Broadmoor, Washko was vice president of sales and marketing for Elite Meetings International.

In his new role as vice president of exhibitions and conventions sales, Washko will oversee the meetings and conventions division at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, which will include in large part, heading the sales and direction for the new 132,000 square-foot Mohegan Sun Expo Center, which is currently slated for a summer 2018 opening.

Washko, a James Madison University graduate, has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing in 2015 by HSMAI (Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International) and in 2010 was awarded “Marketer of the Year” from HSMAI as well. Washko is an Executive Committee Member of HSMAI’s America’s Board. He also sits on the Advisory Board for Elite Meetings International.

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