Category Archives: Places to Stay

An Idyllic Destination

fairmont mayakoba

Fairmont Mayakoba, Riviera Maya, Mexico.  Bordered by a pristine tropical jungle, navigable water canals, and a secluded beach, all while radiating Mayan flavor, this AAA-5 Diamond and Rainforest Alliance Verified resort is an idyllic destination.

The Fairmont offers over 26,000 sq. ft. of indoor function space and two event lawns measuring over 20,000 sq. ft., in addition to a pristine beach, pool areas for events and El Pueblito Mayakoba, an authentic Mexican village square with restaurants, boutiques, a kiosk, and chapel for events of up to 1,000 people.

Amenities include world-class restaurants with Latin-Asian, Mexican and Latin-Coastal menus created by celebrity Chef Richard Sandoval, on-property boat tours, stargazing activities, nature/bike tours, cultural experiences, water sports, championship golf at El Camaleón—the only course host of an official PGA TOUR event in Mexico, and local inspired experiences at Willow Stream spa!

The resort’s Casita-style accommodations—all featuring spa-style bathrooms and furnished private balconies—are elegant yet practical. With flexible meeting space and meal plan options, meeting planners can select from a wide selection of options, including Premium Appetite for Luxury, the resort’s signature inclusive package or design a package suited to their specific needs. Learn more about the Fairmont Mayakoba.

Hola LatAm Welcomes Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta has an excellent selection of five-star hotels for planners to choose from. The Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive in South Vallarta is an adults-only luxury property right on the beach with 443 suites all ocean-view and 10 meeting rooms in their Convention Center that can accommodate up to 1,300 people—the largest in Puerto Vallarta.

Nearby, the newly opened in a completely renovated building, the five-star Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta, tucked away on a secluded cove with 335 all-inclusive suites and over 6,500 sq. ft. (603 sq. m.) of meeting space and beautiful outdoor gardens. Their “Evolution of All-Inclusive” is a boon for planners, which includes Resort Butlers, concierge service, and a dedicated Tequila Sommelier and tequila tastings, always a hit with groups.

The award-winning five-star Barceló Puerto Vallarta is located on Mismaloya Beach in the southern area of Puerto Vallarta with a view of Banderas Bay, just 15 minutes from the city center. Its all-inclusive 316 suites include access to specialty restaurants, Lounge Premium, in-room service, Internet and more. For meetings and events, the Barceló has a large Convention Center with capacity for up to 600 people, as well as six fully equipped function rooms.

The new AAA Five-Diamond Hotel Mousai Puerto Vallarta takes luxury up a trendy notch with white glove service, 72 lavish all-inclusive suites, and a private event room that can host up to 200 people. This adults-only retreat offers an all-inclusive plan with gourmet dining options and premium spirits, and your VIP clients will enjoy personalized check-in and concierge service.

Berlin Claims the Top Spot

For the first time, Berlin has claimed the top spot in the current ranking of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). International organisations from around the world are increasingly choosing to meet in the German capital. They appreciate the modern hotel landscape, the numerous special venues, and also the city’s unique role as a magnet for science, culture, and innovation.

The new Meeting Guide Berlin provides all event planners with an indispensable tool. Accessible at www.meetingguide.berlin/en, the online tool with around 300 entries makes it possible to find the right hotel, venue, incentive, and service partner – such as PCOs, DMCs, catering and technology companies, suppliers, or mobility partners – for your event in the city of Berlin. The Meeting Guide Berlin includes newly opened hotels like the Riu Plaza near the famous Kurfürstendamm, the 4-star Hotel Titanic Chaussee Berlin as well as modern conference centres like the CityCube Berlin and Estrel Berlin, Germany’s biggest hotel.

The visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office is your first contact in the city. Established in 2001, the BCO offers comprehensive support for the organization of conventions, meetings, corporate events, and incentives in Berlin. Benefit from an experienced team, free-of-charge agency and reservation services for hotel allocations as well as a vast network of national and international contacts.

Learn more about Berlin.

Open for Business Today. Reimagined for Tomorrow.

Meeting planners are no strangers to the phenomenal sun, surf, and fine dining Miami Beach has to offer. An international, first-class destination, Miami Beach hosts world-renowned festivals such as Art Basel and Maison & Objet. What some might not know is that Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) is reinventing itself right now.

The $500 Million Facelift.

Through municipal bonds, Miami Beach Convention Center is amidst a magnificent $592 million transformation. Reimagined as a state-of-the-art LEED-certified facility, it is accommodating and attracting new, international, and national events and conventions.

MBCC is open for business and will remain so during most of the process. Renovations will complete in 2018 and future bookings are filling quickly. Last year alone, more than 857,000 delegates met in Greater Miami and the Beaches, and as Miami Beach Mayor Phillip Levine says, the new facility will be a “center for creative collaboration.” Miami Beach is not only on a path keeping up with demands of a competitive national and international convention community – its new outdoor public spaces will improve walkability for everyone, connecting MBCC and the city’s adjacent historic cultural district and resorts.

-500,000 Square Feet of Exhibition Space
-190,000 Square Feet of Meeting Space
-A New 60,000 Square foot Grand Ballroom

Learn more about the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Sun, Surf & Success in South Beach

surfcomber

Miami’s South Beach is a world-famous tropical playground of sun and fun. As a Kimpton hotel directly on the beach, Surfcomber plays right into that reputation. We also know how to channel it properly into a productive, memorable meeting for your group.

Witness our 50,000 square feet of beautiful outdoor event space. Brainstorm in a cabana overlooking the pool and the sea. Host a meet-and-greet around our shimmering pool, surrounded by towering palm trees. Between the pool and the beach is our private sandy oasis — no other South Beach hotel has anything quite like it. There we can host team-building games like bocci ball and volleyball, or a lovely dinner with string lights above.

Inside, we offer 3,120 square feet of air-conditioned meeting rooms awash with natural light, some with ocean views. After hours, your group can mingle with the locals at The Social Club, featuring creative American fare. Or drift outside to High Tide bar and grill. Located in the colorful Art Deco district, Surfcomber is also walking and biking distance (attendees have complimentary use of bikes while they’re here) from shopping, dining, galleries and nightlife.

Learn more about the Surfcomber.

The Jewel of the Pacific

hyatt regency la jollaFind yourself at the newly renovated Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, blending the charm of a European village with the panache of Southern California.

Located in the city known as “The Jewel of the Pacific,” our hotel offers an exceptional location with ideal meeting space, cultural attractions, fine dining and a short drive from the beach.

Elevate your group gatherings to a new level when you choose our award winning event venues at Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine.  Allow our experienced Sales and Event Planning Managers to tailor every detail of your meeting or convention, so that attendees feel inspired and motivated during and after their stay.

Give your attendees an indoor and outdoor feel throughout the week as they flow from the Aventine Ballroom through the Asteria Terrace into the open air Vicino Ballroom.  Whether you are planning a small meeting or a large convention in the La Jolla or San Diego area, our hotel provides an ideal location.

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Pick Your Perks in Paradise

hilton aruba

Nestled on the largest expanse of Aruba’s Palm Beach, discover the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino, a AAA-four-diamond resort. It’s the perfect place for your next event.

Meeting options range from 24,000-sq. ft. of outdoor space – a favorite for evening poolside receptions and events requiring lush garden settings – to 15,000-sq. ft. of indoor meeting facilities in traditional conference and boardroom set-ups. Several penthouse suites readily accommodate executive retreats, receptions and dinner functions.

Discover guest rooms and suites each with a private balcony or patio and free Wi-Fi, six restaurants, two zero-entry free form pools, an expansive beach, eforea spa, activity programs, the casino or golf at the nearby Tierra del Sol Championship Course. Explore the entertainment district with dining and shops.

The resort’s Pick Your Perks in Paradise program offers incentives for meeting planners – the more room nights booked, the more perks you get to pick, up to 8.  Also earn rewards with Hilton HHonors® Event Planner Bonus Program. To discover great rates, go to pickyourperksinaruba.com

Convenient air service to Aruba is via all major U.S. cities. For group reservations, email auahh-salesadmin@hilton.com, visitarubacaribbean.hilton.com or call 1-800-250-0134 or +011 297-586-6555 and request the Sales Department.

Personal Service & Superlative Style

wynn encore

At Wynn Las Vegas and Encore, we truly measure our success by yours. The team is driven by attention to detail and anticipating questions. The goal of creating an event experience unlike any other you will encounter in Las Vegas.

That’s why you will enjoy the services of a dedicated convention services manager, catering manager and meetings concierge, each of whom will work with you personally to ensure group needs are handled with the expertise and finesse one has come to expect from these award-winning resorts. Among the 260,000 square feet of space, you’ll find floor-to-ceiling windows—some featuring open-air terraces—with pristine views of the Wynn Golf Club’s rolling hills or one of the sparkling pools or cascading waterfalls.

These Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star resorts flow seamlessly into one another with 4,750 beautifully-appointed guest rooms and the finest in dining, shopping and entertainment. Inspiring describes these environments from signature chefs in their kitchens nightly to vibrant nightclubs that keep the party going.  When business or pleasure calls for a ballroom for thousands or an intimate gathering for 25; an extraordinary guest experience awaits. Call 866.770.7201 or visit www.WynnMeetings.com.

Omni Homestead Celebrates 250 Years Every Day

omni homestead 250 The iconic Omni Homestead in Hot Springs, Va., will mark its 250th anniversary in 2016. The resort will commemorate the momentous milestone in 2016 with 366 days of anniversary celebrations, which include afternoon anniversary parties starting at 2:50 pm with a different flavored cake each day, a monthly speaker series, fireside chats, historic menu items in the Main Dining Room, special concerts, fireworks displays and much more.
“Each month will have a theme, beginning with a focus on our associates in January. Since Nov. 21, 1766, we have been here to welcome and serve our guests, and we felt it very fitting to honor all of our associates, past and present, as we begin this monumental year,” said David Jurcak, managing director of The Omni Homestead.
Affectionately known as the birthplace of southern hospitality and founded a decade before John Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence, The Omni Homestead Resort has been welcoming guests to experience the beautiful and historic hot springs since 1766. The historic resort has hosted countless notable individuals, including presidents, royalty, dignitaries and celebrities, as well as generations of vacationers since the 18th century. Those interested in learning more about the resort’s 250 years of history and next year’s festivities may visit OmniHomestead250.com.
“Generations of travelers have been making memories here for almost 250 years, and next year, we want to celebrate those special moments in time,” said Jurcak. “We have so many activities and events planned, we couldn’t fit them all into just one weekend, or even one month, so we’re going to celebrate every day, and we invite guests and associates to share their stories with us.”
Known as America’s First Resort, The Omni Homestead Resort offers more than 30 resort activities, including hikes to explore the property’s 2,000 acres of countryside; the Allegheny Springs, a two-acre water park; archery; falconry; horseback riding; an award-winning spa; golf on the famed Old Course and Cascades Course; tennis; and more.
For more information or to make reservations at The Omni Homestead Resort, please contact (800) 838-1766 or visitomnihotels.com/thehomestead.

Premium Meeting Accommodations & First Class Service

hyatt regency vancouverIt has been many years since the U.S. dollar was so strong against the Canadian dollar.

The current exchange rate provides U.S. organizations a rare opportunity to experience first class accommodations in Canada at significantly discounted rates. Meeting planners and the traveling public are often not aware of this easy way to extend their purchasing power.

Hold your next event at Hyatt Regency Vancouver and experience premium meeting accommodations and first class service. By booking your event in Vancouver you’ll get rates you won’t believe. At current exchange rates you can benefit from discounts of 30%-35% or more on guest rooms, food & beverage, audio-visual, Internet, displays, décor, DMC, entertainment, printing and much more.

Hyatt Regency Vancouver is a premier convention and meeting destination you won’t soon forget. Our hotel is located in the heart of Vancouver with easy access to everything this unique city has to offer, shopping, dining and attractions.

Learn more about the Hyatt Regency Vancouver.