by Lisa A. Grimaldi | January 01, 2011

Last June, the Albuquerque Convention Cen­ter was selected as New Mexico Hospitality Recycler of the Year at the New Mexico Recycling Conference. In other news, the facility completed a multimillion-dollar renovation that includes the addition of free wireless Internet hot zones in lobby areas; the renovation of 14 meeting rooms in the lower-level west building; and installation of a permanent LCD projector, electronic screen and audiovisual/data connections in the Centro Del Sol meeting room.

The long-standing proposal to build a 10,000- to 19,000-seat arena in the city has been shelved for the immediate future. According to a spokesperson for the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau, the city's Mayor Richard J. Berry hopes the plan will go forward at a later date.

The Radisson Hotel Albuquerque completed a $20 million renovation of its 314 guest rooms and meeting space last winter. In spring 2010, the property opened a 23,000-square-foot
water park.

The 276-room Albuquerque Grand Airport Hotel recently completed a $14 million renovation and has been reflagged as the Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel. The property offers 12,000 square feet of meeting space.

The Isleta Casino & Resort has been rebranded as the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Albuquerque. The property has 201 guest rooms and approximately 30,000 square feet of meeting space.

The 74-room Hotel Parq Central opened this fall in downtown. Housed in a former hospital, the property offers three meeting rooms, the rooftop Apothecary Lounge and a fitness center, along with a business center.

The National Hispanic Cultural Center unveiled its 4,000-square-foot fresco by New Mexico artist Frederico Vigil last fall. The work depicts a panorama of Hispanic history, with significant and iconic people and places (see photo on page 61).

Rob Enriquez has been named vice president, convention sales, services and sports, at the Albuquerque Convention & Visi­tors Bureau.

Meeting Hotels
Major meeting properties in the city include the 411-room Albu­querque Marriott Hotel, 395-room Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, 342-room MCM Eleganté, 314-room Radisson Hotel Albuquerque, 295-room DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Albuquerque, 295-room Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown, 261-room Hilton Albuquerque, 135-room Hotel Blue and 107-room Andaluz.

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

In the Balloon Fiesta Corridor/North I-25 are 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 CenterThe Albuquerque Convention Center
Albuquerque Convention Center;
exhibit space, 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
Along with classic New Mexican and coastal Mexican fare, Sandiago's Mexican Grill at the Tram offers views of the Sandia Mountains to the east and the Jemez Mountains to the north, with all of Albuquerque sprawling due west and Los Lunas to the south. The restaurant can accommodate groups of up to 150 people.

Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau, (800) 284-2282