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June 26, 2018

Supplier News: New in Texas, San Francisco




San Francisco and Texas are offering new and newly renovated hotels for meeting and event planners.

Opening Offer for Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center

 

The new Doug Pitcock ’49 Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center has announced it will open this August, and the new venue is launching a special early opening offer for meeting planners. The conference center is now offering 25 percent off all meetings booked by August 31, with reservations now available and rates starting from $149 per room per night. 

Under the operation of Benchmark, the property will have 35,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, including an 8,300 square foot ballroom, allowing it to accommodate events of up to 1,000 guests. Other amenities will include built-in audiovisual technology and an on-site A/V support team. There will also be 22 meeting rooms for board meetings, receptions, private dinners, and seminars.

Also on site will be a LearnLab, which will aim to function as a flexible, tech-enabled meeting space for visiting scholars, business leaders and technical innovators. The spaces will be configured to easily morph from lecture mode to teamwork to group presentations and discussions. 

The hotel will have 250 guest rooms, including two penthouses and 11 suites. Among the in-room amenities are luxury bed and bath linens, a personal refrigerator, complimentary gourmet tea and coffee, spacious writing desk, in-room safe, WiFi, AM/FM/Bluetooth clock radio, telephones, and Smart TV. There will also be a 1,400-car parking garage connected to the hotel by a covered Bridgeway. 

Both the university and the surrounding area will also provide opportunities for teambuilding activities. Planners can choose from laser tag, war games, challenge works and other activities. Additional on-campus venues are available, including the Agrilife Center or The Veranda. These nearby secondary spaces range from the contemporary to the rustic.

Visit www.TexasAMHotelCC.com

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Adds Meeting Rooms, Restaurant

Hyatt Regency San Francisco has completed a two-year renovation project that added new meeting rooms and a new food and beverage experience. The refresh, which was overseen by Looney & Associates, also encompassed the hotel’s lobby, Regency Club guestrooms, Bayview Studio Suites and Balcony Suites

Based around an “Urban Retreat” concept, the design was derived from the mirrored reflections throughout the hotel’s surrounding landscape. The renovation of the hotel’s 57 Regency Club guestrooms, 15 Bayview Studio Suites and 26 Balcony Suites completes the two-year-long master transformation for Hyatt Regency San Francisco, which included two new waterfront meeting rooms in the atrium, a new grab-n-go food & beverage outlet and complete renovation of the Regency Club Lounge and lobby-level Eclipse Kitchen & Bar

The hotel’s latest accommodation renovations include updated furnishings and finishes that reference the building’s architecture. The new Regency Club guestrooms and premium suites aim to evoke a calmer, more modern feel, including a sleek tile floor entryway that lead guests into the room. Each newly renovated guestroom and suite also has contemporary decor, destination-inspired artwork, metal and wood finishes, modern light fixtures, a Sealy Posturepedic Euro Pillowtop bed with power outlets and USB ports built-in on the either side of the headboard, a chaise lounge and oversized flat-screen television. The bathroom vanity area has a large backlit mirror and wall mount bath shelf for additional storage space. Regency Club guests will also receive private access to the hotel’s renovated Regency Club Lounge located on the 17th floor, which serves complimentary daily breakfast, afternoon refreshments and evening hors d'oeuvres.

The newly refreshed Bayview Studio Suites have 506 square feet of space, views of the San Francisco Bay and Bay Bridge, while Balcony Suites have 589 square feet of living space with separate master bedroom, one bathroom, one half-bathroom and a large balcony overlooking the city or Bay. All of the premier suites offer a sleeper sofa and many of the premier suites can be connected to a second guestroom. 

Visit sanfrancisco.regency.hyatt.com

New Sales Contacts at New York's The Dominick

The Dominick has added two new members to its sales leadership following its recent rebranding from the Trump SoHo. The independent hotel announced that Ece Bayram will serve as its travel industry sales manager, while Nico Fournier has been named director MICE and travel industry sales, international.

Ece Bayram

With a background in luxury hotels, Bayram’s new role as travel industry sales manager will have her working closely with the luxury leisure consortia based in the United States and Canada, such as Virtuoso, Signature, American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts and more. Until recently, Bayram served as vice president of A2B Travel New York, where she increased leisure and corporate revenue in the North and South American, Canadian, European and Middle Eastern markets.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in tourism and business management in Istanbul, Turkey, Bayram began her career with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, working in sales, public relations, marketing and guest services. She relocated to New York, continuing her work with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts before transitioning to the travel industry and international sales Manager at The New York Palace Hotel (now Lotte New York Palace). There, she managed leisure accounts and led the development of Manhattan’s 25 top wholesale accounts.

As the new director MICE and travel industry sales, international, Fournier will oversee relationships with international leisure consortia accounts, the wholesale market, as well as specialized industries within the group segment. Fournier previously served as the assistant director of sales at The Surrey, a Relais & Châteaux property in New York and as the global account director at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in London. In both roles, Fournier worked with international consortia, such as Virtuoso, American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts and Traveller Made. Prior to these positions, Fournier worked for Canada’s tourist board in London, enhancing travel industry sales.


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