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New York, Chicago, and Las Vegas are the top North American markets that meeting planners intend to use in the next two years, according to STR‘s 2019 DestinationMAP, a comprehensive study of meeting planners and the meetings market in North America.
The Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas has reopened following a $150 million renovation and expansion.
It's Austin's turn to dominate meetings & conventions. Here are five, turn-your-head reasons why.
A new influx of hotels in Austin is making the city a serious hub for meetings.
Team building activities can take place on the Whitewater Putting Course, an 18-hole, par-72 miniature golf course complete with waterfalls and exotic birds.
Last year, the City of Austin started requiring ride-hailing companies, both ride-share companies and taxis, to fingerprint its drivers, and both Uber and Lyft pulled out in protest.
“The campus is surrounded by protected lands, providing privacy and protection from distractions of the outside world ─ key attributes of the Miraval Experience."
“The tagline we used for the project was ‘a hotel in a park,’ and, subsequently, the rooftop pool, gardens and event spaces became known as ‘a park in a hotel.’”
In-room iPads feature newspaper, alarm clock and weather app functions as well as details about the hotel and surrounding area.
Bucherie works with meeting planners to create their own playlists for the meeting rooms, customizing different soundtracks for different areas and even different times throughout the day.
Roughly the size of nine football fields, the park's lagoon will feature 11 surfing areas with four different surfing levels ranging from beginner to pro.
"Tech companies see us as a great incubator. The university is a great source of employment and a new medical school will also be a great source for testing out medical products—the tech industry is embracing that as well.”
The hotel's location in the heart of the entertainment district means attendees don't have to go far to soak up the city's nightlife in nearby SoCo, the Warehouse District, 2nd Street and Sixth Street.
“The size of the space is a major differentiator, but it’s also flexible event space, where groups can really customize their meeting experience.”
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