Virginia Beach, Va.
Beyond the Beach
Construction of the new Virginia Beach Convention Center continues, with phase one scheduled to open in 2005. Set for completion in 2007, the new center will feature 209,958 square feet of meeting and exhibit space. Opening in spring 2005 will be the new 300-room Hilton Oceanfront Resort, offering approximately 14,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space along with three restaurants.
Open for Business
In September, the $37.3 million Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center made its debut. The new center features 142,600 square feet of meeting and exhibit space. Scheduled to be built next door, with a projected opening in early 2006, will be a 255-room Hilton hotel with 5,000 square feet of meeting space. In November, low-cost carrier Independence Air launched twice-daily nonstop service between Columbia International Airport and Tampa International Airport.
This month marks the debut of the 575-room JW Marriott Starr Pass
Resort & Spa, featuring a 20,000-square-foot spa, seven dining
options, a 27-hole golf course and 88,000 square feet of event
CA, Los Angeles
The Renaissance Los Angeles Hotel Airport completed a $10 million
guest room renovation to all 499 rooms in October. The
refurbishment gave the rooms a new “spa-inspired” look.
CA, Newport Beach
The 403-room Hyatt Regency Newport Beach wrapped up a $12
million tropical-theme renovation in October. Also refurbished is
the 6,700-square-foot ballroom. The property sits on 26 acres and
has 20,000 square feet of function space.
FL, West Palm Beach
The former Sheraton West Palm Beach Hotel reopened in October as
the 352-room West Palm Beach Marriott, the new headquarters hotel
for the West Palm Beach Convention Center. The hotel offers 18,000
square feet of meeting space.
The buck starts here. Atlanta’s Buckhead area
last month celebrated the grand opening of the highly anticipated
InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta, a 422-room exercise in
resplendence. Aside from the intangibles of high style, the
property also provides 31,000 square feet of meeting space (all on
one level), a spa and a kosher kitchen. (404) 946-9000; promo.intercontinental.com/buckhead
InterContinental debuted its new boutique-style brand last
month with the debut of Hotel IndigoAtlanta Midtown. The chic
property features two small meeting rooms totaling 532 square
The 806-room, 40-acre Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa wrapped
up renovations to its meeting space in October, having refurnished
the 1,200-capacity outdoor promenade and endowed the
17,000-square-foot grand ballroom with new picture windows and
murals. In total, the property offers 100,000 square feet of
meeting space, indoors and out.
In October, the 365-room Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago
Downtown finished a $6.5 million renovation, polishing up all
public spaces, guest rooms and meeting rooms, the latter of which
span a total 6,404 square feet.
The 269-room Hotel Orrington reopened at the end of
October following a $32 million renovation. Improvements include a
complete overhaul of guest rooms and a new 12,000-square-foot,
IACC-certified conference center, as well as a refurbishment of the
property’s two ballrooms.
NV, Las Vegas
The 548-room Renaissance Las Vegas opens this month next
door to the Las Vegas Convention Center, adding 14 stories and
20,000 square feet of casino-free meeting space to the area.