Thursday, February 8, 2018

Spotlight on a New Property!

There is a brand-new option out there to host your next meeting. Check out the Hyatt Regency's most recent addition, the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle's Southport! This property has created their meeting spaces with stunning views of the mountains and Seattle's city skyline. With various activities both on and off property, and with over 60,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, they are sure to create a memorable experience for any function! To learn more, click on their link below.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Top Meeting Locations from 2017

As we begin the jump into 2018, before we start thinking about recommending meeting destinations, we’ve taken some time to look back at our past year and the numbers to the industry in its entirety. As in years past, we’ve noticed cities like Orlando and Las Vegas remain on top due to their year-round favorable weather, large convention centers, and cost effectiveness. Destinations like Chicago, Washington D.C., and New York are forever popular, despite higher costs, due to the attraction of the city itself as well as the accommodations they provide. 

Below you will see CVENT’s Top 10 U.S. Meeting Destinations for 2017. We've managed meetings in 9 of the top 10 locations in the last year and personally love placing meetings in Dallas due to the cost effectiveness and ease of air travel as well as San Diego due to the large number of unique properties and great year-round weather (though we may be biased given that it’s our home). One of our recommended destinations that didn’t crack the CVENT top 10 is Denver, CO. With its central location, large number of upscale hotels, vibrant downtown, and over 300 sunny days a year; Denver is definitely worth considering for a sure-fire meeting.

Denver, CO

CVENT Top 10

  1. Orlando, FL
  2. Las Vegas, NV
  3. Chicago, IL
  4. Atlanta, GA
  5. San Diego, CA
  6. Washington, D.C.
  7. Nashville, TN
  8. Dallas, TX
  9. New York, NY
  10. Phoenix, AZ 
If you’ve found yourself entering 2018 head first into planning a meeting, Meeting Sites Pro, Inc. would love to help you get started on a personalized site selection in any of these locations today. We hope you get the chance to visit one of these top meeting destinations in 2018. Happy travels!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Celebrate this Holiday Season in Southern California

If you want to get away from the snow for the holidays, Southern California is the place to be. With the extravagant light displays, beautiful Christmas trees, and varieties of outdoor activities, the holiday spirit is all around. Here are our top 3 hotels to visit during the holiday season.

1.     The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa.

This year, it is The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa’s 25th Annual Festival of Lights. This incredible light show is a six-week long spectacular filled with 200 animated figures, appearances from Santa Claus, falling snow, and immaculate Christmas trees. Stop by to catch the illuminated lights show followed by a stunning fireworks display. You won’t want to miss the rich tradition of Southern California on beautiful display at The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa this holiday season.

2.     The Hotel Del Coronado.

The Hotel Del Coronado is widely known for its Skating by the Sea tradition, arguably the favorite holiday activity in all of San Diego. As the focal of the Hotel Del Coronado’s tradition is the skating rink, there is also a grand light display in the garden of the hotel, followed by Elf Tuck-Ins for your little ones, and Brunch with Santa for the entire family to enjoy. The Hotel Del Coronado is definitely on our list for holiday fun this year.

3.     Ojai Valley Inn & Spa.

If you’re looking for a relaxing holiday this season, the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa is the place to be. They bring the holiday to you, with decorated in-room Christmas trees, personalized stockings, and Elves who deliver their fresh baked cookies to your door. Wake up with Candle Light Yoga and end the night with s’mores roasting or horse-drawn carriage rides. The Ojai Valley Inn and Spa could be the hidden holiday getaway you’ve been dreaming of.

Monday, November 27, 2017

At the Omni Orlando, Bigger is Better

The Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate is a luxurious and large destination property just outside of Orlando, Florida. With over 800 sleeping rooms and complimentary shuttle service to the Walt Disney Theme Parks, it is the ideal starting point for your family vacation. Considering that the property just completed a $40 million expansion that added a 9th on-site restaurant and over 100,000 sq. foot of indoor/outdoor meeting and event space, it is hard to deny that the Omni Orlando is an ideal Meeting and Convention Venue as well. The property has multiple ballrooms, the largest of which can accommodate up to 3,000 people, with over 30 additional meeting spaces to accommodate meetings (big or small), and breakouts for a large conference. In addition to the meeting space, the Omni Orlando has upgraded its recreational space with additional cabanas, lounge chairs, and a brand new wave pool.

Image result for omni orlando resort at championsgate

The Omni Orlando is one of our favorite destinations in Orlando and with its new space and amenities, the experience here is hard to beat. We can’t wait to continue our partnership with this property!$40-million-expansion

Friday, October 13, 2017

What is Hospitality Without “People Serving People?”  

Robots at the front desk of the HENN-NA Hotel in Japan
Hotels are slowly replacing people with electronic devices, with machines becoming much more efficient now than ever, performing faster and better than humans at almost everything. Take Hilton for example. They have an electronic check-in option you can do over your phone, and “Connie,” an electronic concierge to assist Hilton guests worldwide. On the extreme side, we are already seeing robots take the place of an entire hotel, see the HENN-NA Hotel in Japan, where there are 140 robot workers and only 7 human employees. While you ask yourself “Will this trend stay? Will hotels be completely run by robots in 20 years?”, hotels are being run over by home sharing companies with human interactions, like Airbnb’s, instead.

Airbnb host greeting guest
In New York City, it’s been reported that hotels lose approximately $450 million of direct revenue per year from home sharing companies such as Airbnb. Many hotel chains, Hyatt and Wyndham for example, have already begun to invest in home sharing and are looking to work in association with them. With Airbnb, guests communicate with their host before, after and during booking, and their host is used as a resource for things such as restaurants and local attractions. People are utilizing home sharing companies at a steep upward pace, where they are feeling real live connections rather than using electronic devices.

Is it just a coincidence that as hotels input more efficient electronic devices, people are choosing human connection instead? What are your thoughts?