by Lisa A. Grimaldi | January 01, 2012
The Albuquerque Convention Center will undergo a $20 million facelift. Plans for the first phase include a renovation of the building's façade, as well as modern upgrades throughout the facility, which debuted in 1972. The center also has launched a 360-degree virtual tour for meeting planners.

The Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched an incentive program for meetings and events that are booked and  executed by Dec. 31, 2014. A full list of the enhancements and offerings, which are based on room nights, are outlined at

The 261-room Albuquerque Hilton has reopened as the Crowne Plaza Albuquerque following $14 million in renovations throughout the property.

The 395-room Albuquerque Hyatt Regency has undergone a $2 million renovation. Included in the project were the hotel's corridors, lobby and restaurant, which reopened as Forque.

The Albuquerque Marriott Hotel in the Uptown area recently completed a renovation of all 411 guest rooms.

The 188-room Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town has opened a new special event venue, Casa Esencia, spanning approximately 8,000 square feet. The facility, housed in a landmark building, marries contemporary style with Spanish territorial origins.

The 107-room Hotel Andaluz has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The historic property, which underwent a renovation in 2009 to the tune of $30 million, has a total of 7,350 square feet of meeting space.

Meeting Hotels
Major properties here include the 411-room Albu­querque Marriott Hotel, 395-room Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, 314-room Radisson Hotel Albuquerque, 295-room DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Albuquerque, 295-room Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown, 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 350-room Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa is a 20-minute drive from downtown.

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
Casablanca, a 2,400-square-foot nightclub, has opened at the Hotel Andaluz. The venue, which offers high-tech acoustics and fiber-optic lighting, is available for private events of up to 200. (505) 923-9019

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