The Courtyard by Marriott New Haven at Yale University completed renovations of its accommodations and
public areas. Its 207 guest rooms now feature marble
and granite finishes and the new lobby offers technology upgrades. The property is located adjacent to
Yale University and near the Yale-New Haven Hospital.
There is 1,600 square feet of meeting space, a business center, fitness center and the Bistro cafe open for
breakfast and dinner.
A Frederick hotel that has been part of the
community for nearly 40 years reopened
as the Clarion Inn Frederick Event
Center. The 156-room property
features nearly 13,000 square
feet of event space, including
a 7,700-square-foot ballroom
that can be divided into
six separate rooms and a
courtyard that can accommodate up to 350 guests. There
are plans to further convert
the Frederick Event Center
into a green meeting venue. The
hotel also offers Casey’s Lounge, a
24-hour business center, indoor pool,
fitness center and an on-site miniature golf
The James Hotels announced its New York property is
scheduled to debut in the summer. The James New
York-NoMad will follow the May opening of The James
West Hollywood-Sunset in California. The New York
City hotel, located at 29th Street and Madison Avenue,
features 344 guest rooms and 4,500 square feet of
meeting and event space, including a grand ballroom for
up to 250 people and four private meeting rooms. John
Meadow’s LDV Hospitality, a New York-based restaurant
group, will be the food and beverage partner managing
all in-room dining. It also plans to open a few new dining
concepts on property.
Concord Hospitality will open Pittsburgh’s first Autograph
Collection Hotel in the city’s Oakland neighborhood. The
Oaklander Hotel will feature 167 guest rooms, a rooftop
lobby with a lounge and restaurant, and 2,200 square
feet of meeting space. There will also be an indepen-
dent, street-level restaurant and coffee shop.
The 10-story property is located near the
University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mel-
lon University, Carlow College and
University of Pittsburgh Medical
Center and is expected to open
in fall 2018.
Washington Marriott Georgetown completed a multimillion-dollar transformation.
The property-wide renovation
included the M Club Lounge, the
lobby Greatroom, a new food concept,
the fitness center and its meeting space.
In addition to upgrading 18 meeting rooms,
the hotel added three new rooms, including the
4,800-square-foot Metropolitan Ballroom, bringing the
property’s total meeting space to 22,000 square feet.
The Visiteur is the hotel’s new restaurant specializing in
small plates and cocktails. Along with the renovations,
the property debuted the brand’s TED Talks program
as well as Marriott Hotels’ Signature Bourbon Program.
Long a center of association and government organizations and meetings, Washington, D.C., is logging into the technology sector
with a push to draw more tech meetings to the
us in the tech
II, president and
CEO of Destination
DC (DDC). “One
of the key things
we’re trying to
focus on is how we
try to leverage the
city. The benefit
we have is going
to the nation’s cap-
ital, and perhaps
tie it in to the
here in D.C.”
ed that one pop-
ular option high-
could take advantage is offering a Senate Day
on Capitol Hill—a popular feature with a variety
of groups that meet in Washington—in which
groups strategize on specific topics to discuss
with their representatives, including how many
jobs in each senator’s state are tech-related.
“It’s like a classroom environment, and we
engage in the specific things the congress
people are engaged in,” Ferguson said of the
learning and engagement opportunity.
The Greater D.C. area boasts nearly 200,000
high-tech employees and 27,000 cybersecurity
jobs, along with more than 1,000 startups and
five of the top investors in early startup tech and
biotech companies, according to DDC.
The move comes as some of the high-tech
meetings business traditional destinations such
as San Francisco have enjoyed is on the wane,
with many choosing to hold their large meetings
and users conferences to Silicon Valley.
Ferguson said D.C.’s model could compete
with destinations such as North Carolina’s
Research Triangle, and the DMO will initially
focus on the region’s cluster of tech companies, assets, educational offerings and employment opportunities.
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