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May 16, 2017

Supplier News: Jacksonville’s New Hyatt, Design Hotels’ New MICE Forum

A big new event hotel in Florida and Design Hotels’ inaugural event for MICE professionals lead this week’s supplier news in the meetings and events industry. 

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New Hyatt Hotel to Bring More Event Space to Jacksonville

A new hotel with substantial meeting space is headed to Jacksonville

Concord Hospitality has announced that construction has started on Hyatt Place Jacksonville. Located across the street from St. Johns Town Center, the 160-room hotel, Hyatt Place Jacksonville, is scheduled to open in late 2018.

The property will be located at The Strand at St. Johns Town Center, a new 45-acre, mixed-use development with retail, restaurants and apartment homes. Hyatt Place Jacksonville will have a five-story design with 160 guest rooms; the Gallery, complete with 3,000 square feet of flexible meeting space; an outdoor pool and fitness center; and an outdoor deck for social and private events.

Concord operates two additional Hyatt-branded properties in Florida: Hyatt Place Miami Airport and Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami, and it is scheduled to open Hyatt Centric Brickell Miami in late 2017.

The move is part of a recent run of new convention center projects and event hotel openings in Florida. Fort Lauderdale and Miami are both in the midst of convention center expansions, while in Palm Beach there’s talk of a new hotel connected to the Palm Beach County Convention Center. Earlier this year a number of new event hotels opened in the state. The JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort opened in early January following a $320 million renovation of the former Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa. Later in January the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach opened with 343 guest rooms and over 22,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. 

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Design Hotels Launches New MICE Forum

Design Hotels has launched a new forum for the MICE market dubbed the CO-LAB MICE Edition

Billed as a place where MICE industry leaders can engage with select luxury lifestyle and boutique properties from the Design Hotels portfolio, the event will take place at the Almyra in Paphos, Cyprus, May 11 through 14. 

The event hosts 25 Design Hotels member hoteliers representing 65 properties in 42 destinations, including both major city hubs and off-the-beaten-track places. 

Over the course of four days, a comprehensive program of informative meetings, as well as carefully curated activities and events, will create a unique marketplace which will aim to encourage participants to build and maintain strong corporate networks and loyal business relationships, Design Hotels said. One-on-one meetings between hoteliers and MICE industry insiders are hosted in a series of hip and relaxed settings, from a state-of-the-art catamaran yacht to a beach with spectacular views over the Mediterranean.

During the event attendees were also able to share a meal prepared by one of the region’s best known fishermen in a rustic beach shack and party with a renowned music producer in his private villa. Each experience was designed to be a celebration of the Cypriot way of life and provides a fertile foundation for collaboration, Design Hotels said.

Set amid eight acres of lush gardens in the coastal city of Paphos, Design Hotels member Almyra is the setting for the inaugural edition of CO-LAB. Defined by pristine sandy beaches, white-washed villages, and an impeccable cultural heritage, Cyprus is perfectly placed to facilitate original experiences and unforgettable meetings, Design Hotels said.

Visit www.designhotels.com/almyra

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