Venue News for November 2022

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We’re rounding up the biggest event news of the month – in one convenient place. Do you have a tip? Get in touch!

In case you missed it
At BizBash this fall, we’ve curated exciting new venues across the country including Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC – along with Eastern Canada and Western Canada and a number of beautiful international destinations. phew!

We also recently learned how Toronto’s historic Casa Loma transformed its castle for Halloween and how Washington’s Hamilton Hotel teamed up with it shine to celebrate its 100th anniversary and why event production company Trademark launched their own venue sourcing service. Our editors also spoke to California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium about its unique approach to CSR — including why the venue will do so only Host groups supporting its sustainable, plastic-free and accessible initiatives.

Here are five more things to know this month…

1. In 2023, travelers will focus more on deeper, more engaging experiences.
That’s according to Hilton’s new trends report, which argues that “in 2023, people will focus on travel to make deeper connections with friends, family, colleagues, customers, cultures and the earth.” There will be an increasing interest in unique and engaging experiences, design, and food and drink programmes, particularly those that connect the traveler with local communities.” In fact, 49% of respondents want to be immersed in local culture and products when travelling, and more 40% would like personalized access to unique experiences or activities such as performances, events, spa treatments or classes.

The report also finds that travelers and event attendees are rethinking what wellness means – and taking a more holistic approach that includes mindfulness and emotional wellbeing, a trend we’ve also noticed – and that both technical and human solutions are transforming travel facilitate, have a growing interest easier, more efficient and more personal. The full report can be found here. Various Hilton properties are debuting vacation suites themed around Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas films, such as the Cozy Christmas suite at the Chicago Hilton (pictured).Photo: Courtesy of Hilton

2. It’s the season for vacation hotel experiences.
Sure, it may feel like summer has just ended — but hotels and other venues are already knee-deep in the holiday spirit. And with rising occupancy rates and group bookings, properties are leaning towards out-of-the-box experiences for impact.

A couple that caught our eye? Las Vegas’ Circa Resort & Casino launches “Winter Swim” at Stadium Swim, its poolside amphitheater area. Billing itself as “the world’s largest hot tub party,” the venue offers an après-ski environment with six heated pools, a seasonal cocktail menu, and 30 heated cabanas, each with a 65-inch television, one dedicated Servers and plush robes. For in-room events, hosts can also book the 965-square-foot Owner’s Suite.

Venue News for November 2022The Hideout at Gallow Green rooftop bar is open from mid-November to mid-March.Photo: Conor Harrigan for the McKittrick HotelAs another fun option, Hilton is introducing a range of vacation suites themed around fan-favorite Hallmark Channel Christmas movies. The Cozy Christmas suite at the Hilton Chicago, for example, features a custom crocheted Christmas tree and knit accent wall, knit-wrapped gifts, a hot cocoa bar, gingerbread decorations, and even guests’ own personal tree lighting ceremony. Other holiday-themed suites include the SoCal Christmas suite at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront and the Glam Christmas suite at the Hilton Las Vegas at Resorts World.

And in New York, The Hideout at Gallow Green at the McKittrick Hotel is a whimsical winter rooftop space inspired by a mountainside chalet. Small groups can reserve private yurts — complete with blankets, natural wood and pine features, and soft sheepskin accents — and enjoy a menu inspired by the French Alps and handcrafted cocktails.

And don’t miss BizBash’s coverage of 10 other Christmas pop-ups to check out this season – including a Santa-themed suite in Dallas, igloo eating in New York, and a gingerbread house contest in North Carolina.

3. Venues continue to lean toward “Bleisure”-inspired accommodations.
We recently spoke to the Accor team about the rise of ‘bleisure’ travel, which combines the concepts of business and leisure travel, with professionals attending a conference but also their loved ones together with a flexible itinerary to relax want to bring, explore and have time with family.

In line with the growing trend, Marriott International recently announced its expansion into apartment-style accommodations with the launch of Apartments by Marriott Bonvoy, a first for the brand upscale and luxury real estate. The rooms will feature a separate living room and bedroom, full kitchen, and in-unit washer and dryer—but differs from Marriott’s existing extended-stay brands by not offering certain traditional hotel services such as food and beverage, meeting space, and retail will.

“Today’s travelers planning vacations and long business trips are looking for more choices in lodging, and the launch of Apartments by Marriott Bonvoy responds to these trends, offering developers a premium product backed by our trusted name and distribution platform,” said Stephanie Linnartz, President of Marriott International, in a press release. Venue News for November 2022Service robots from security company Knightscope can be branded and help patrol events, hotels and more to keep guests safe. Learn more: How robots can help bring live events back safelyPhoto: Courtesy of Knightscope

4. The service robotics industry is projected to reach $216 billion by 2030.
That’s according to data and analytics firm GlobalData, which recently released its report, Robotics in Travel and Tourism. The data shows that as technology improves, robots are increasingly being used for room service, cleaning services, translation services, check-in assistance, security and more.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has made hygiene a priority for travelers. Robots can ensure high-risk areas are kept clean at all times, freeing up staff time at a time when the hospitality industry worldwide is suffering from staff shortages,” said Sarah Coop, analyst at GlobalData, in a recent interview with Hotel News Resource. ” In cheaper hotels, robots can bring operational efficiencies and improve margins, keeping room rates down. In luxury hotels, robots can provide a unique guest experience.”

5. Destinations International has introduced a new agreement template to protect both destinations and tour operators.
Last month, Destinations International – the world’s largest resource for destination organizations and convention and visitor bureaus – unveiled its new Destination Booking Agreement (DBA), along with the launch of a toolkit that sets mutually acceptable terms to protect both the destination and business events Strategist. Among other things, the document describes both the obligation and the liability associated with both the booking organization and the host country in the event of cancellation or booking postponement.

“DBAs enable destinations to clearly articulate and list destinations, dates, prices, premises and any incentives or concessions offered to customers to secure their business,” said Junior Tauvaa, Visit Anaheim’s chief sales officer, in a press release. “Destination International has helped standardize these documents while allowing each destination organization to localize them based on their respective goals.”

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