• Dozens of Meeting Planners Tour Philly

     
    POSTED June 28, 2022
     
    Photo credit: The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Dozens of Meeting Planners Tour Philly

     
    POSTED June 28, 2022
     
    Photo credit: The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Dozens of Meeting Planners Tour Philly

     
    POSTED June 28, 2022
     
    Photo credit: The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau

 

The return of familiarization trips is one key sign that things are beginning to return to normal in our industry. In mid-June the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) hosted more than 40 meeting and convention planners for a three-day familiarity tour. Their stay included a visit to the Franklin Institute and world premiere exhibit Harry Potter: The Exhibition, evening reception on the Rocky Steps, and a watch party as Philadelphia was announced as a host city for the FIFA World Cup 2026.

Philadelphia has been chosen as one of 11 U.S. cities (in addition to three in Mexico and two in Canada) to host matches during the World Cup. The biggest event in global sports will draw visitors from around the world to watch elite athletes compete at Lincoln Financial Field. 

Rhode Island’s Weekapaug Inn, a Relais & Châteaux property, has opened MeetingHouse, a 1,650-square-foot indoor-outdoor convertible space that overlooks Quonochontaug Pond and can accommodate groups of up to 75.

 

The Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre completed its $24 million renovation of the entire hotel and conference center. Renovations began in 2020. 

The North Dallas conference center hotel renovation includes a full redesign of all 503 guest rooms, lobby and public areas, and food and beverage outlets. Additionally, the hotel’s 55,000-square-feet of meeting space was updated with new furnishings, technology upgrades, and the addition of a new 6,600-square-foot Lakeside Ballroom. 

 

The Opus Westchester, a member of Marriott’s Autograph Collection Hotels, made its debut in late spring 2021, offering 10,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space. Anyone attending a meeting there this summer will want to try this cocktail, a sophisticated warm-weather elixir that’s served exclusively in the Lobby Lounge.