by Sarah J.F. Braley | September 01, 2017
BOISE, IDAHO
Local Update
• A $47.5 million expansion has opened at the Boise Centre, resulting in 92,000 square feet of total convention space. A new 13,000-square-foot ballroom was added, and the venue now has 29 meeting rooms. A new concourse connects to the 252-room Grove Hotel and the 5,000-seat CenturyLink Arena.

• American Airlines has added nonstop flights between Boise and Chicago O'Hare, joining United Airlines in the service. Southwest Airlines began service from Boise to San Diego in June.

• The 110-room Inn at 500 Capitol has debuted a few blocks from the convention center. The hotel's restaurant, Richard's, serves contemporary Italian fare; a fitness center and 2,300 square feet of meeting space round out the amenities.

Meeting Hotels: Properties include the 303-room Riverside Hotel, 252-room Grove Hotel and 195-room Boise Hotel & Conference Center. 
To find and compare hotels, and send RFPs, visit mcvenues.com.

Convention Center: Boise Centre; exhibit space, 25,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 29. (208) 336-8900; boisecentre.com

Airport Transit: Boise Airport, approximately six miles from the city's downtown; transfer cost by taxi, $15; many area hotels offer complimentary shuttle service

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

Group Venue: The Boise River winds its picturesque way through four city parks, including Boise Whitewater Park and Quinn's Pond. Idaho River Sports brings groups to the water to learn about stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking and more right in the middle of town. 

Contact: Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau, (208) 344-7777 or (800) 635-5240


TACOMA, WASH.
Local Update

• Ground was broken in August on the 303-room Marriott Tacoma Convention Center Hotel, adjacent to the Greater Tacoma Convention Cen­ter.
The property will feature a ballroom spanning 10,000 square feet, in addition to seven breakout rooms and a sixth-floor garden terrace.

Meeting Hotels: Group properties include the 320-room Hotel Murano and 166-room Best Western Plus Tacoma Dome.

To find and compare hotels, and send RFPs, visit mcvenues.com.

Convention Center:Greater Tacoma Convention Center; exhibit space, approximately 50,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 13. (253) 830-6601

Airport Transit: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 18 miles from downtown; transfer cost by taxi, $68; Uber rides start at $45

Taxes: Room tax, 7.53%; sales tax, 6%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13.53%

Group Venue: Built in 1907 to house horse-drawn fire trucks, this venerable red-brick structure has been transformed into the Engine House Number 9 Tavern. An upstairs area can host up to 65 people; hold a group tasting of premium suds from ENine Brewery, such as Nefelibata Flanders-style red ale or Verre Violet, fermented in wine barrels with black currants. (253) 272-3435

Contact: Travel Tacoma, (800) 272-2662