by Lisa A. Grimaldi | June 01, 2013

Local Update
The first phase of the $20 million renovation of the Albuquerque Convention Center is under way; a second phase will begin this fall. Planned enhancements include a new façade, enlarged windows, and a remodeling of the ballroom and the West Building's lower atrium, along with the addition of a café. The project is slated for completion in mid-2014.

JetBlue has begun daily nonstop service between New York City's JFK International Airport and Albuquerque International Sunport.

The Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau has launched a meetings incentive, offering a discount of $25 per room, per night, to any group that signs a hotel contract before Dec. 31 of this year. To qualify for the discount, the group must book at least 50 rooms for at least two nights. Contact the bureau for details at

Albuquerque's Casas de Sueños Old Town Historic Inn, a vintage 1930s adobe-style hotel with 21 casitas, opened an event offshoot, the Casa de Banquets, on Central Avenue in what formerly served as Gus's Trading Post. The venue can accommodate up to 180 people.

The 188-room Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town has added a new state-of-the-art LED ceiling-lighting system to its 14,000-square-foot Alvarado Ballroom. In all, the property offers 41,000 square feet of indoor meeting space and 21,000 square feet of outdoor events space surrounded by lush gardens.

Meeting Hotels
Properties include the 411-room Albu­querque Marriott Hotel, 395-room Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, 314-room Radisson Hotel Albuquerque, 295-room DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Albuquerque, 135-room Hotel Blue and 107-room Andaluz.

Historic Old Town is the site of the 188-room Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town and 173-room Best Western Rio Grande Inn.

In the Balloon Fiesta Corridor/North I-25, properties include the 311-room Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North, 168-room Clarion and 150-room Nativo Lodge.

The 276-room Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel and 150-room Courtyard by Marriott Albuquerque Airport are at Albuquerque International Sunport.

The 228-room Sandia Resort and Casino is 10 minutes from Albuquerque International Sunport.

Find and compare hotels, and send RFPs, at

Convention Center
Albuquerque Convention Center; exhibit space, approximately 167,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 30; (505) 768-4575;

Airport Transit
Albuquerque International Sunport, about five miles from downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $15; by shuttle, $18

Room tax, 6%; sales tax, 7%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13%

Group Venue
Attendees can kick back and enjoy the burgers, salads and local draughts at the Chama River Brewing Co. The private Porter Room hosts groups of up to 40 within walls lined with the works of famed photographer Elliot Porter, while the Brewers Lounge seats up to 50. (505) 342-1800;

Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau, (800) 733-9918;