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January 8, 2019

Supplier News: Venue Updates From New Orleans, Vegas

Another set of new venue updates leads this week's supplier news in the meetings and events industry. 

Hilton New Orleans Riverside Wraps Meeting Space Reno

The 1,622-room Hilton New Orleans Riverside, located adjacent to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, has completed a $5 million renovation of its third floor meeting spaces. The newest revamp signals the end of an all-encompassing renovation and restoration initiative to the hotel’s meeting spaces, for a total investment of $14 million.

Conceptualized by Watermark Design Studio, the newly debuted design pays homage to the hotel’s surroundings, capturing the energy and evolution of New Orleans with a relaxed French-inspired design. The restoration brings a full transformation to the third floor, which is home to the St. James Ballroom, St. Charles Ballroom, Jefferson Ballroom and 16 separate meeting rooms for networking, small meetings and medium sized conferences accommodating up to 1,000 guests.

Highlights of the renovation include new furnishings and finishes presenting a contemporary color palette in hues of blue and gold and geometric patterns. Grand chandeliers adorn the renovated spaces, while enhanced sound and optical systems further transform the rooms. The new aesthetic continues into The District reception area with details such as graphic gold carpeting, dramatic lighting fixtures and rich wood furniture to modernize the community space accommodating up to 650 guests.

The 8,687-square-foot St. Charles Ballroom, with a capacity of up to 1,350 guests, incorporates a bold geometric carpet, four crystal chandeliers, intricate crown molding designs and statement wall mirrors. The St. James Ballroom, accommodating up to 700 guests, has lavender accent walls, tiered chandeliers, and sleek sconces to complete the space.

Other notable renovations included in the $14 million project include the 2017 $6.4 million restoration of the 26,894-square-foot Grand Ballroom and Grand Salon located on the first floor. In addition, the second level Exhibition Center, renamed “Churchill,” completed a $1.8 million renovation along with a new pre-function area complete with slate grey armchairs, modern bronze side tables and abstract wall paintings.

For more information on Hilton New Orleans Riverside, please call +1 504.561.0500 or visit hiltonneworleansriverside.com.

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Pop Vegas: A New, Permanent Pop-Up Venue in Las Vegas

This winter, Pop Vegas, a new exhibition space, will open at The LINQ Promenade, the open-air entertainment, dining and retail district located at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip

Pop Vegas encompasses indoor exhibition space designed to house a rotating lineup of changing exhibitions themed around exciting pop-culture topics and trends. Pop Vegas’ opening date and names of its first exhibitions will be announced in coming weeks.

Pop-up museums that provide guests with immersive experiences and dynamic visual elements designed to be photographed—and shared on social media—have become immensely popular in the last two years. Pop Vegas is the first permanent venue created specifically to house an ongoing rotation of this new kind of exhibit experiences.

Pop Vegas will partner with local artists, performers and other personalities to engage in live performances, artist demonstrations and other interactive experiences to enhance each exhibition. Pop Vegas will also be able to accommodate group buyouts for corporate receptions, weddings and other private events.

For more information on Pop Vegas and news about its opening date and first exhibition, visit popvegasnow.com.

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