• Demolition is underway for the seventh expansion to the Anaheim Convention Center. The expansion project is scheduled for completion in summer 2017, with a portion of the building becoming functional for use in spring 2016. The improved building - located on Katella Avenue and Hotel Way - will be two levels, spread over 200,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. The building also will include 100,000 square feet of column-free space, a 10,000-square-foot outdoor balcony, 25-foot ceilings and 1,350 parking spaces. The facility also will feature a new main entrance on Katella Avenue, a climate-controlled pedestrian bridge connecting to the existing facility, new loading docks and an improved vehicular entrance. The venue, already the largest convention center on the west coast, was founded in 1967.
• The Anaheim Resort District recently added six new hotels: the 178-room Hyatt Place Anaheim Resort; two SpringHill Suites by Marriott, with 172 and 120 guest rooms, respectively; the 221-room Courtyard Marriott Anaheim Hotel & Waterpark; a 96-room Holiday Inn Express and the 215-room Homewood Suites by Hilton-Anaheim Convention Center/Disneyland Main Gate. The area is in the process of adding two more hotels to the mix, including the 262-room Hyatt House Anaheim Resort, which was scheduled to open last month, and a 296-room Residence Inn, set to open next summer.
• Plans have been submitted to the City of Anaheim for the construction of two luxury hotels, including a 466-room JW Marriott to be built adjacent to the Anaheim GardenWalk and a 580-room property with 50,000 square feet of meeting space. The brand for the second luxury hotel has not yet been announced.
• The Great Wolf Lodge Water Park Resort in Garden Grove, located two miles south of the Anaheim Convention Center, is currently under construction. The new resort will offer 600 guest rooms in an all-suite resort and includes a three-acre indoor-outdoor waterpark, extensive retail and family entertainment options. Additionally, there will be 30,000 square feet of meeting space. The property is set to be completed by February 2016.
• The House of Blues, located at Downtown Disney, is moving to a larger venue at the Anaheim GardenWalk. Set to open in 2016, the new House of Blues will take over the 40,000-square-foot UltraLuxe Cinemas space, with plans for a larger concert hall, a new VIP room and open-air patio and bar. The new location is planned to open by summer 2016.
• The Anaheim/Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau (AOCVCB) recently unveiled its new name, Visit Anaheim. After more than 20 years as AOCVCB, the destination marketing organization streamlined its name and introduced a new brand, look and logo.
Anaheim offers more than 17,000 rooms within one mile of the convention center. Among the largest properties are the 1,572-room Hilton Anaheim, 1,030-room Marriott Anaheim, 975-room Disneyland Hotel, 948-room Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, 656-room Hyatt Regency Orange County, 490-room Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort, 489-room Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel, 481-room Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel, 467-room Anaheim Fairfield Inn by Marriott and 376-room Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove.
To find and compare hotels, and to send RFPs, go to mcvenues.com.
Anaheim Convention Center; exhibit space, 813,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 52; (714) 765-8950
John Wayne Airport, 15 miles south of downtown Anaheim. Transfer cost by taxi, $32
Total tax on hotel rooms includes the transit occupancy tax, 15%, plus, for Anaheim Resort District hotels, the tourism Improvement District tax, 2%
The Colony House is a contemporary, industrial-inspired 6,000-square-foot event venue with Craftsman-style architectural influences that complement the neighboring Colony District of Anaheim. The venue - owned and operated by 24 Carrots, a Southern California catering and events company - features a number of versatile indoor and outdoor spaces and can accommodate 750 people. colonyhouseanaheim.com; (714) 576-8989
Visit Anaheim, (714) 765-8888