Friday, August 17, 2018

Spotlight on a New (And Unique) Property - Hilton Inventory in Chicago

Hilton recently opened the first triple -branded hotel at the Chicago McCormick Place. The hotel features the Hilton Garden Inn, the Hampton Inn by Hilton, and Home2Suites by Hilton. Hilton feels that this triple-branded hotel will be able to add value to their guests by fitting a variety of guest’s needs at different price points.

With just over 8,000 square feet of meeting space and located in the perfect area of Chicago, Meeting Sites Pro, Inc. can’t wait for the opportunity to plan a meeting at the first ever triple-branded hotel.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Spotlight on a Property - LINE DC

New DC Inventory - Inspired by The District and housed inside a 110-year old historic church, the LINE DC is the product of a community effort by local chefs, bartenders, artists, and designers. Full Service Radio broadcasts live from the hotel lobby daily; the LINE delivers a richly rounded experience unlike any other in DC. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Spotlight on a New Property - New Luxury Inventory in San Diego

Coming this fall there will be one more property added to the San Diego skyline. The InterContinental San Diego will overlook San Diego Bay from the former location of Lane Field baseball park, the original home of the Pacific Coast League Padres and will be completed by September/October 2018. 

The InterContinental brand is making a return to San Diego following a 30-year absence and the property will feature 400 rooms and suites, a two-story Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse, nearly 33,000 square feet of street-level restaurants and shops, and a 686-space subterranean parking garage. The hotel’s meeting space of 35,000 square feet includes both indoor and outdoor venues with two ballrooms.

We at Meeting Sites Pro, Inc. can't wait for this new property in our home city!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Spotlight on a Property - Pala Casino Spa and Resort

The Pala Casino Spa & Resort located in North San Diego County is over halfway through with a  $170 million renovation to upgrade and enlarge their already beautiful property. When the renovation is complete in May 2019, Pala will have added a new 349 room hotel tower with an inventory of unique hotel suites that will overlook the Starlight Theater and event lawn, bringing their total number of deluxe rooms and suites to 854. They are also expanding their gaming/casino bar space and their parking garage as well as giving their restaurant promenade, casino interior, and existing hotel tower a refresh. This is their third major expansion since their opening and we look forward to watching this property continue to grow.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Tips to Facilitate a Successful Meeting

At Meeting Sites Pro, Inc. we plan meetings, we participate in meetings, we host meetings to discuss meetings. Meetings are our lifeblood and we have noticed that one of the pillars of a successful meetings is effective facilitation. We follow industry opinions on this matter as well and wanted to share a recent article from Forbes that agrees with our observations. Forbes’ recommends 7 major steps to running a productive and efficient meeting as seen below.
  1. Make your objectives clear
  2. Consider who is invited 
  3. Stick to your schedule
  4. Take no hostages
  5. Start on time, end on time
  6. Ban technology
  7.  Follow up

Our biggest recommendations from this list are making your objectives clear, sticking to the outlined schedule, and following up. A clear objective communicated early with a specific schedule helps all in attendance come to the meeting prepared with materials, topics of conversation, and the right mindset. We have found that providing an agenda early and then sticking to that agenda is one of the best ways to keep your group focused whether you are facilitating a small conference call or a large summit. After the meeting, it is always beneficial to follow up as soon as possible with items like meeting summaries and action items.

Meetings big and small can benefit from efficient and effective facilitation. To hear more of our thoughts on meeting facilitation, please feel free to contact us and if you are interested in the full article, “The Seven Steps to Running the Most Effective Meeting Possible”, please visit