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Anniversary Celebration at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

The Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia is celebrating their ninth anniversary this year with some exciting upgrades to the property and a special offer.

The resort boasts new new poolside cabanas with individual misting systems, expanded entertainment around new fire pits in both Cortijo Plaza and Kasbah Patio, renovations to Joya Salon, and newly towel-covered chaise lounges on the Joya Pool Deck.

The resort grounds have also been enhanced with the planting of additional citrus trees, and the majesty and grandeur of iconic Camelback Mountain has never been more apparent with expansive new sightlines from guest rooms and public spaces.

Plan a stay at the Omni Scottsdale with their new  Rise, Dine & Unwind offer, which includes 15% off their best flexible rate plus an additional 15% off of spa services and dining.

The holidays represent a special time of year filled with joy, excitement and a multitude of festive events. Plus, guests have the opportunity to give back with Omni’s “Say Goodnight to Hunger” program, ensuring proceeds from every direct booking on OmniHotels.com provide dinner for a family in our community.

Make Plans in the Heart of Downtown L.A.

Nestled between Downtown L.A.’s Business and Fashion Districts, Luxe City Center Hotel’s Four-Diamond, luxury accommodations are steps from a variety of shopping, dining and entertainment destinations. Experience the Playfully Professional™ for yourself.

Two great offers are available for ConventionPlanIt members:

Fall Meetings Package:

Contract a minimum of 40 room nights by December 30 and receive $500 credit to the Master or American Express gift card. Rates from $179.

Optional meeting package add on:

Meeting room, premium WiFi, flip chart package, all day non-alcoholic beverage service, projection screen, continental breakfast, lunch buffet and afternoon break. Starting at $79++ per person.

Minimum 40 room nights contracted and 20 guests.

Above offers based on new business only, availability and restrictions may apply. Contract by October 31.

Riding the Wave of Growth in Myrtle Beach, SC

New Developments Planned in 2017 and Beyond in the Myrtle Beach Area

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina continues to rank as one of the fastest-growing family and vacation destinations in the nation, attracting roughly 18 million visitors annually. Last year, the destination welcomed new non-stop air service and additional attractions for visitors.

Given the accessibility and multitude of attractions for families, the Myrtle Beach area received several new accolades in 2016 including being named the no. 2 “Best Beach in America” by the Travel Channel and one of “America’s Favorite Beach Towns” by Travel + Leisure. A flurry of recent tourism growth, combined with the area’s special blend of southern hospitality and distinct affordability, makes it no wonder Myrtle Beach was included in Expedia Viewfinder’s “17 Places You Must Visit in 2017.” The following is the latest information on new tourism developments in the region, listed alphabetically by category.

ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS
Broadway at the Beach Warehouse District and Facelift
The Broadway at the Beach entertainment and attraction complex in Myrtle Beach is undergoing major changes as it enters its 21st year in Myrtle Beach. The former Celebrity Square district is being transformed into a historic-looking warehouse district. Hard Rock Café relocated from the well-known pyramid building, and in its place will sit a new, 40,000-square-foot Dave and Busters unlike any other – in a warehouse that gives a nod to the old and a wink to the future. All buildings in the district will be refaced with brick eaves. Completion is expected by the start of the summer 2017 season. For more information, visit www.broadwayatthebeach.com.

Brookgreen Gardens Indoor Gallery and American West Exhibit
The Naomi and Stanley Bleifield Gallery at Brookgreen Gardens opened to the public in January 2017. Located near the Mary Alice and Bennett Brown Sculpture Court, the gallery is open daily and showcases the work of historic and contemporary sculptors whose subjects are taken from the natural world. The most prominent sculptures are those by Stanley Bleifield, Sandy Scott, Walter Matia, Dan Ostermiller, Grainger McCoy and Brookgreen founder Anna Hyatt Huntington. Brookgreen Gardens contains the most comprehensive collection of American figurative sculpture in the country. In addition, a new art exhibit titled “Life in the American West” opened on January 28, 2017. The exhibit showcases sculpture, paintings, prints and drawings on loan from contemporary artists, collectors and galleries, plus historic works from the Brookgreen collection. It will be on display daily through April 16, 2017. For more information, visit www.brookgreen.org.

Children’s Museum and Chapin Memorial Library
A new children’s museum and library is coming to Ninth Avenue North and Nance Plaza in downtown Myrtle Beach. This is part of a large redevelopment plan that will change the future look of downtown Myrtle Beach. The plan will relocate the Chapin Memorial Library from its current location along with a branch of the Children’s Museum of South Carolina, which plans to merge with Edventure Children’s Museum based in Columbia, SC this year. The children’s museum will be designed to accommodate families with special needs. Construction is planned to cost $13 million and a completion timeline has not been set. For more information on the children’s museum, visit www.cmsckids.org. For more information on the library, visit www.chapinlibrary.org.

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk Extension and Development Complex
Construction has begun on a new 50,000-square-foot development building along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk at 14th Avenue North. The large complex will bring several new restaurants, retail and a live music venue to the beautiful oceanfront Boardwalk area of Myrtle Beach. It’s being built on land next to Banditos, a popular Mexican restaurant, which is temporarily closed until construction is completed in 2018. In addition, the Boardwalk will be extended another block on the north to connect to a new Hilton hotel property. An oceanfront park will be built as part of the project. A completion date has yet to be determined, although construction has begun.

Ocean Boulevard Facelift and Mixed-Use Building
Changes are coming to the 14th Avenue South area of Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. The former Cabana Inn has been demolished and plans are in the works for a mixed-use retail and commercial building. The 32,000-square-foot, four-story building will be similar to Myrtle Beach’s Market Common development, with retail and commercial on the ground floors and visitor accommodations on the upper floors. The building will have a bright, multicolored façade with balconies. A completion date has not been set.

Ripley’s Aquarium New Experience
Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach opened the only indoor glass bottom boat adventure in North America. Guests have the opportunity to step into a 16-foot-long boat, with only three inches of glass separating them from the sharp-toothed predators of the Dangerous Reef tank. Lead by the Adventure Crew, guests will learn about the animals within the aquarium and what it takes to maintain the facility. The boat holds 10 people per tour and launches every 20 minutes. For your information, visit www.ripleyaquariums.com/myrtlebeach/experiences/glass-bottom-boat-adventure.

Shark Wake Park at the North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex
South Carolina’s first continuous wakeboarding park opened recently at the North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex. Opened by Greg Norman Jr., the son of golf legend, Greg Norman, the park pulls riders by a high-tech pulley system instead of a boat. The pulley picks up ropes from the starting dock and pulls riders in a circle around the lake. There are ramps and rails on the sides of the lake to try tricks. Beginners are welcome; visitors need to be at least 10 years old to ride. The complex also includes a Go Ape! Treetop Adventures, Dog Park and other sports facilities. For more information, visit http://sharkwakepark.com or http://nmbpark.com.

Southern Living Store at The Market Common
The country’s first Southern Living store opened November 2016 at the Market Common district in Myrtle Beach. The 5,000-square-foot shop features a “Celebrate the South” retail theme, including products in fashion, food, home, decoration, garden and travel. The shop also plans for food tasting events and recipe tips. For more information, visit http://www.marketcommonmb.com/listing/southern-living.

AVIATION
Allegiant Offers Nonstop Service from Cleveland
Allegiant Airlines is offering new nonstop flights to Myrtle Beach from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Flights will begin April 13, 2017. For the latest on flight schedules and pricing, visit www.allegiantair.com.

Spirit Offers Nonstop Service from Hartford
Spirit Airlines is offering new nonstop flights to Myrtle Beach from Hartford’s Bradley International Airport in Connecticut. Flights will be four times weekly and will launch on April 27, 2017. For more information, visit www.spirit.com.

Myrtle Beach International Airport Opens Autism Friendly Space
Myrtle Beach International Airport has become the second airport in the country to help families with autistic children by providing a quiet space to decompress after a flight. The room is in the baggage claim area and includes pillowed and cushioned cubicles and seats marked with the words “Quiet Room” on its glass-paneled door. The airport partnered with the local-based Champion Autism Network to make this effort a reality. For more information, visit www.flymyrtlebeach.com or https://www.facebook.com/ChampionAutismNetwork.

CULINARY
American Tap House
American Tap House opened in the fall of 2016 at Broadway at the Beach. A chef-driven American gastro pub, the restaurant has more than 40 craft beers on tap inside a rustic and open dining space. The venue also has regular live entertainment. For more information, visit http://americantaphouse.com.

Costa Coastal Kitchen and Bar
The newly opened Costa Coastal Kitchen and Bar specializes in coastal Italian and locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant is located in Murrells inlet, the seafood capital of South Carolina, and is connected to the Inlet Sports Lodge boutique hotel. This is the second restaurant for executive chef and owner Jimmy Pronesti who also owns Caffe Piccolo in Pawley’s Island. For more information, visit http://costamyrtlebeach.com.
Heidi’s Corner at Grande Dunes Heidi Vukov, the owner of the popular Croissants Bistro & Bakery, is bringing an energy-efficient restaurant complex to the Grande Dunes of Myrtle Beach. Expected to open in May 2017, Heidi’s Corner will house a second Croissants location, complete with its award-winning bakery and serve breakfast, brunch and lunch. Coffee beans will be roasted on site, providing guests with the freshest coffee available on the Grand Strand. Additionally, a new concept seafood restaurant, Hook & Barrel, featuring sustainable, fresh seafood, is set to open in here as well. Open for dinner and Sunday Brunch, Hook & Barrel will feature a wine room available for private dining and an interactive bar area, as well as indoor and outdoor seating. For more information, visit www.heidiscornersc.com or www.croissants.net.

International Culinary Institute opens with Restaurant and Bakery
A new 30,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art International Culinary Institute opened November 2016 at the Market Common community in Myrtle Beach. As part of Horry Georgetown Technical College, the $15 million center includes a 100-seat open kitchen concept restaurant with a local focus, bringing in seasonal products from local farms and fisherman while adding international flair. A bakery run by the students has also opened. The facility has a nutrition lab, production and training kitchens, outdoor barbeque kitchen, greenhouse, wine cellar, chef’s table, and amphitheater, which will provide a staging area for guest chefs to teach and offer cooking classes to the general public. For more information, visit http://www.hgtc.edu/academics/academic_departments/culinary_institute/.

Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen
A Paula Deen Family Kitchen restaurant is planned at Broadway at the Beach on the former site of Carlos and Charlie’s. It will be two stories and 21,000 square feet with glass entryways. The project is valued at $3.9 million and comes after the recent opening of a Paula Deen store, also located at Broadway at the Beach. It is expected to open in 2017.

RipTydz Oceanfront Grille & Rooftop Bar
Construction has begun on the newest restaurant along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, at 12th Avenue North. RipTydz Oceanfront Grille & Rooftop Bar plans to open in May 2017 as a premier dining attraction, with a restaurant, beach bar and night club offering stunning ocean views. The 17,000-square-foot building will have 500 seats serving fresh local cuisine, including seafood and steaks. For more information, visit www.riptydz.com.

Wahlburgers at Broadway at the Beach
Wahlburgers recently opened its first South Carolina eatery December 2016 at Broadway at the Beach. Founded by celebrity brothers Mark, Paul and Donnie Wahlberg, the eatery is a fast-casual concept, specializing in burgers with made-from-scratch ingredients. The Myrtle Beach location occupies a more than 5,000-square-foot space. For more information, visit www.wahlmyrtlebeach.com.

EVENTS
Carolina Country Music Festival New Artists
The Carolina Country Music Fest (CCMF) will return for its third consecutive year to Myrtle Beach from June 8-11, 2017. The festival features more than 30 of the industry’s biggest stars, including headliners Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Big & Rich, and South Carolina native Darius Rucker, along with Big & Rich, Jana Kramer, Billy Currington, Lee Brice, Chris Young and Dee Jay Silver, among many others. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.carolinacountrymusicfest.com.

Inaugural Food Truck Festival
A new festival is coming to the boardwalk area of downtown Myrtle Beach at Burroughs and Chapin Pavilion Place on April 1, 2017. The inaugural food truck festival will showcase the local food truck scene as well as providing a selection of craft beer and wine options, live entertainment, arts and crafts, kid’s activities and various other vendors. For more information, visit www.myrtlebeachboardwalk.com.

LODGING
Buchanan Hotels
Virginia-based Buchanan Motels will bring two new high-rise hotels to central Myrtle Beach. Both are currently unnamed. The first will be located at 6th Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard and will be 237,000 square feet, with 19 floors and 240 rooms. It will include a water park that can be enclosed in winter. Estimated completion is Spring 2018. The second will be located at 17th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach with 22 floors and 228 rooms. The hotel will sit across the street from an indoor water park and parking garage. Construction is expected to be complete in 2017.

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton
The 30-acre oceanfront Springmaid Beach Resort, located on the south end of Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, has been transformed into a DoubleTree Resort by Hilton. Major renovations began in 2015 and will be finalized in 2017. The resort has a new 20,000-square-foot main building, with a registration and lobby area; ocean view restaurant with outdoor seating; lobby bar; “grab & go” snack area; and outdoor entertainment courtyard. In addition, a complete makeover of all 452-guest rooms was completed in the Live Oak and Palmetto towers. All guest rooms feature an ocean view, private balcony, 40-inch HD TVs and a resort-themed design palette. The three-story conference center was also outfitted with new decor, wall treatments, carpet, and paint, and features versatile function space, with floor-to-ceiling windows on each floor with sweeping ocean views and access to oceanfront, covered balconies. The property also includes a mini golf course, two restaurants, camping facility and pier. While the resort sustained some damage to the pier area during Hurricane Matthew, all repairs will be completed in 2017. For more information, visit http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/south-carolina/doubletree-resort-by-hilton-myrtle-beach-oceanfront-MYRDTDT/index.html.

Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes Renovation
The Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is undergoing a multi-million-dollar renovation of its tower to provide guests with a more modern and comfortable guest room experience. Renovations will be completed by mid-March 2017 and will include completely renovated guest rooms, suites, bathrooms and corridors; brand new furniture and interior design elements; and upgraded 49-inch TVs. Bedding will also be upgraded from doubles to queens and from Kings to California Kings. The overall design will be a modern take on oceanfront ambiance. For more information, visit www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/myrgd-myrtle-beach-marriott-resort-and-spa-at-grande-dunes/.

Residence Inn Marriott
The City of Myrtle Beach recently approved the development of a Residence Inn Marriot on 26th Avenue South Ocean Boulevard. The 305,964-square-foot hotel will be 17 stories high and include its own parking structure and pool. A completion date has not yet been set.

The Myrtle Beach area, popularly known as the Grand Strand, stretches from Little River to Pawleys Island, comprising 12 distinct cities along the South Carolina coast. Home to 60 miles of sandy beaches, an assortment of entertainment and family attractions, Southern hospitality and world-class golf, the Myrtle Beach area presents the quintessential vacation experience.

Behind the Scenes with The National Conference Center

In only 18 months, one of America’s largest conference centers is emerging with a striking new design, revamped services and facilities and a fresh new branding strategy. The multimillion dollar project has transformed the 65-acre campus and its six connected buildings into a warm, functional and cohesive complex, elevated by a brilliant and inspiring design.

“We are extremely proud that this challenging task was accomplished so quickly,” says Geoff Lawson, general manager of The National Conference Center and West Belmont Place. “It is certainly a record in the conference center industry.”

With Management oversight provided by LaKota Hotels & Resorts, The National Conference Center is one of the largest meeting, training and event centers in the nation and the largest on the East Coast.  The property is located on a 65-acre campus just outside Washington, DC, in Leesburg, Virginia, just 12 miles from Washington Dulles International Airport.

“The National” provides 1.3 million interior square feet in six connected buildings. It houses 917 guestrooms, and over 265,000 square feet of meeting and group function space. Supporting outlets include a 900-seat Dining Room, the 200-seat Black Olive Bar & Grill and other new guest-centric outlets creating a warm and engaging atmosphere. Learn more.

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa

hyatt regency maui resort and spa

Surrounded by 40 stunning oceanfront acres of Ka’anapali Beach, the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa’s outstanding meeting facilities offer exactly what is needed for any successful gathering. Discover the premier site for your Maui event, with 100,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor event space, experienced meeting planners on staff, extensive onsite recreation, award-winning restaurants and unique Hawaiian cultural activities, including Maui’s most exciting lu’au.

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa recently unveiled all newly renovated meeting and event space. Plan one of the first events on the new breathtaking Halona Kai event lawn, situated above the stunning free-form resort pool with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and palm-fringed Ka’anapali coast, and accommodating up to 500 people.

Host your event in the brand new Monarchy Ballroom, offering over 18,000 square feet of flexible function space, a clean and upscale design, new connecting outdoor terrace, and floor to ceiling windows inviting in natural lighting and landscaping to capture the essence of Hawaii. Guests will also enjoy the new state-of-the-art Regency Club with patio seating and ocean views.

Meeting planners searching for meeting space and exceptional group value in Maui need look no further than the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa.

Wynn Las Vegas and Encore – Where Business Feels Like Pleasure

Wynn Las Vegas

When is the last time your colleagues told you they couldn’t wait for an upcoming conference?

Get ready for that to be the popular sentiment when you plan meetings at Wynn Las Vegas and Encore.

Start with 260,000 square feet of sophisticated, versatile meeting spaces, each offering the latest in audio, video and Wi-Fi technology. And then, just steps away, a bounty of luxurious choices: award-winning restaurants; a pair of spas that combine lush treatments with a tranquil vibe; boutiques from the world’s most renowned designer labels; and an array of unforgettable entertainment experiences.

Wynn and Encore excel at combining work and play.

Learn more.

Hilton Atlanta Gets a New Look

 

Located in the heart of Downtown Atlanta, Hilton Atlanta is within close proximity to renowned attractions and premier venues, and 15 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

In the summer of 2017, Hilton Atlanta will complete a multi-million dollar renovation consisting of enhancements to guestrooms and suites, meeting spaces, and public areas.

Learn more about the Hilton Atlanta.

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.