It’s the end of the month, and you’ve just wrapped up your organization’s biggest event of the year when your boss asks to speak with you.
You’re told that the event was a huge success – so much so, in fact, that you’re being tasked with finding an even bigger and better venue for next year. It’s a great opportunity for you, but a nerve-wracking one: How will you wow executives and attendees with the perfect destination and meeting space that will suit everyone’s needs?
Before you start to wonder how in the world you are going to find a new, up-and-coming meeting space, take a deep breath. We’re here to help.
At BUZZ Registration, we stay on top of event planning industry trends. Our team has the scoop on the latest meeting properties set to arrive in 2018, with hotels ideal for events of all sizes.
Check out a few of late 2017 and 2018’s most exciting meeting spaces below:
Fairmont Austin – Austin, Texas
In a Nutshell: The Fairmont Austin luxury hotel will not disappoint with a full-service business center, high-speed Internet access, and a direct connection to the Austin Convention Center. Attendees won’t have to travel far to find exquisite dining and bar options, as the Fairmont is home to both.
From board meetings to larger conferences, the Fairmont offers a wealth of options to cater to any event. The Congressional Ballroom is a grand setting with room for up to 2,400 guests, while the Manchester Ballroom offers state-of-the-art audio-visual support and accommodates up to 3,000 guests. Finally, the Palm Park, the Fairmont’s smaller, more dynamic venue, can host up to 650 guests and features a built-in performance platform.
Meeting Space: Boasts over 140,000 square feet of indoor state-of-the-art meeting facilities (68 meeting rooms total) and 13,500 square feet of outdoor space.
Sleeping Rooms: Over 1,000 lavish guest rooms
What’s Nearby: Conveniently located in Austin’s Central Business District, guests can walk to numerous retail outlets, galleries, and the State Capitol for a little sight-seeing.
Accessibility: 20 minutes (10 miles) away from the Austin Bergstrom International Airport
Opening Date: Fall 2017
Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
In a Nutshell: Perched atop the Comcast Technology Center – the city’s highest skyscraper – the new Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia offers over 200 room accommodations paired with extensive meeting space to suit the needs of any size event. Two ballrooms sit on the 5th floor, while three high-tech meeting rooms with inspiring views occupy the 59th floor. Event planners can also enjoy great group values that may include complimentary wireless Internet access, discounts on guest room rates, and complimentary reception hour packages.
Meeting Space: Approximately 10,000 square feet on the 2nd, 5th and 59th floors.
Sleeping Rooms: 218 high-end rooms (including 38 suites)
What’s Nearby: The Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia is close to dozens of landmarks replete with history, and diverse neighborhoods ready to be explored. Attendees can pop into the world-famous Philadelphia Museum of Art or stroll down to bustling Rittenhouse Square, which is just a 10-minute walk away. Center City Philadelphia is also home to the city’s booming restaurant and nightlife scene.
Accessibility: The Philadelphia International Airport is only a half hour bus ride or 15-minute car ride away. Suburban Station, a central transportation hub for subway, bus, and rail, is literally steps away from The Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia for easy train access.
Opening Date: 2018
Hyatt Regency Seattle – Seattle, Washington
In a Nutshell: The Hyatt Regency Seattle will be a LEED-certified building, featuring modern construction, and is set to be the largest hotel north of San Francisco. LEED certification is bestowed upon buildings that have met high standards of environmental sustainability, which means they cost less to operate, save more energy and water, generate less waste, and support human health.
Meeting planning is made easy with an exclusive Hyatt Event Concierge App, where the entire event can be managed right from your smart phone. In addition to this, Hyatt also keeps record of your preferences, requirements, and event history in their Envision Database so that every time you book with Hyatt you receive the same superior service.
Meeting Space: Over 103,000 square feet of meeting and ballroom space, and nearly 35,000 square feet of naturally lit pre-function space overlooking Seattle’s skyline.
Sleeping Rooms: 1,260 smartly designed guest rooms
What’s Nearby: Only two blocks away from the Washington State Convention Center and proposed convention center (coming in year 2020), multiple food and beverage establishments, top Seattle attractions including the city aquarium, the Space Needle, and the Pike Place Market.
Accessibility: About 15 miles north of the Seattle-Tacoma Airport and walking distance to various public transportation hubs
Opening Date: Fall of 2018
JW Marriott Nashville – Nashville,Tennessee
In a Nutshell: Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, the JW Marriott Nashville boasts 25 event rooms and 32 breakout rooms, with event capacity space for over 1,500 guests. Meeting planners also have the convenience of using the hotel’s attendee booking tools, such as complimentary reservation links, group lists, room lists, and mobile check-ins.
Meeting Space: Over 50,000 square feet of event space composed of junior ballrooms, grand ballrooms, pre-function space, meeting rooms, and board rooms.
Sleeping Rooms: 533 luxurious guestrooms
What’s Nearby: Right around the corner from Nashville’s premier meeting venue, the Music City Center, event planners can utilize the center’s million square footage of additional meeting space and exhibition options on top of the 50,000 square feet of event space at the JW Marriott.
Accessibility: Area airports include the Nashville International and John C. Tune, which are both less than 10 miles away.
Opening Date: July 2018
Finding the appropriate destination and venue is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to planning a seamless event. Let BUZZ Registration create a stress-free experience from site selection to registration management services. Contact us today to find out how we can support your event: Call 800-830-6981.