Welcoming a record of 17.4 million overnight visitors in 2017, Denver is becoming a popular meeting spot. According to a Longwoods International Annual Visitor Profile Study, this year alone, revenue from Denver’s tourism industry increased five percent from 2016 making it a desirable destination. With an increase in tourists come overnight business travelers as well. Visitors are attracted to Denver’s charm and entertainment opportunities.
The Residence Inn by Marriott Denver City Center recently announced the completion of a $6.2 million renovation of its guest suits and corridors. All 228 redesigned rooms contain artwork featuring Colorado landscapes and landmarks paired with a new color scheme of gold and gray with pops of bright blue.
Food trucks may be mobile, but they aren’t going anywhere, since their popularity only seems to grow with each season. A New Jersey hotel is getting in on the fun! Along with over 18,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space, Embassy Suites by Hilton in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, offers the Grain & Cane “Gastro Truck” as a fun option for a mid-meeting break or post-event dining option.
The Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel recently announced the conclusion of a top-to-bottom, $15 million renovation. Overseen by SANDdesign, the renovation began in April 2017 and debuted a “Grand Re-Imagined Event” on Thursday, May 8. The revamp included all of the hotel’s 400 guest rooms, 40,000 square feet of meeting spaces and a new restaurant called the Fifty300.
The family-focused, Wisconsin-based Great Wolf Lodge opened its first resort in Wisconsin Dells in 1997. Over the next two decades, it slowly expanded with more properties around the Midwest, moving into the Northeast, South, West and Canada. And this summer, the greater Chicago area will get its first resort from the brand.
To give guests a top-of-the-line meeting and events experience, Lion Square Lodge, managed by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, has announced the start of a $1.25 million renovation of its meeting space. The project will include significant upgrades and design enhancements that embrace the property’s rustic lodge atmosphere and stunning surrounding scenery.
Denver is getting ready to roll out the red carpet for the International Live Events Association’s annual conference ILEA Live this summer at Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. Colorado Meetings + Events is proud to be the media sponsor for this year’s conference, and we are looking forward to seeing many of our Colorado colleagues and meeting new people from across the world.
The Hilton Denver Inverness, a 302-room hotel, resort and conference center located in the Englewood neighborhood of Denver, CO, announced a new partnership with Audio Visual Management Solutions (AVMS), an audiovisual company providing audio, video, lighting and staging solutions for meetings and conference spaces.
Summer is just around the corner, so I’ll be sharing some great options for groups that didn’t make it in time for the summer 2018 issue of Colorado Meetings + Events, which is heading to the printer soon. What I like so much about Colorado is that even though the state has its fair share of mountain towns, no two are alike. Here are some fun options for groups to consider in Grand County, home to Winter Park and other great towns like Fraser, Grand Lake, Kremmling, Hot Sulphur Springs and Granby.