Event venue news for April 2022

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In case you missed it
At BizBash, we recently explored Kimpton’s new partnership with online therapy brand Talkspace, which offers free mental health services to business travelers. and Kimpton staff members. We also explored why North Carolina is a booming destination for corporate groups, asked one of the leading event producers to list their favorite locations around the world, and dig deeper into five ways CVBs and destination marketers can maximize the metaverse.

Are you looking for a new place to organize your next event? We’ve also covered eight logistical tips for planning an event at a private home and rounded up new venues suitable for events in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston/San Antonio, Miami/South Florida, San Francisco and Vancouver, with many other cities to visit. come this month.

Here are five more things you should know this month…

On April 7, classic New York venues including Rockefeller Center (pictured) were lit up blue to celebrate World Meetings Industry Day. “As the business capital of the world, we know that when you meet in person, anything is possible,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “We join our travel industry colleagues in celebrating these opportunities on Global Meetings Industry Day as the world reconnects.”Photo: Courtesy of NYC & Company1. Sites around the world celebrated World Meetings Industry Day last week.
The Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMBC) and the US Travel Association hosted the seventh annual Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) on April 7, with a number of venues and destinations around the world celebrating the theme. of this year, “Meet Safe”. In New York and Orlando, for example, Convention and Visitors‘ Bureaus illuminated city buildings in blue (MMBC’s signature color) in an effort to raise awareness of the power and impact of face-to-face meetings. face-to-face on the global economy and New York’s local tourism and hospitality industry.

Omni Hotels & Resorts, meanwhile, marked the occasion by donating one meal for every group room booked during the week of Global Meetings Industry Day, for a total of 50,000 meals to support Feeding America through its program. Say Goodnight to Hunger. “This year’s GMID is a reminder of the incredible value of in-person meetings while inspiring business leaders to encourage their teams to get back on the road,” said Daniel C. Surette, Omni’s Chief Sales Officer.

2. Properties are stepping up their sustainability efforts.
As Earth Day approaches on April 22, it’s the season for event venues to think about sustainability. The 200-room Laurel Point hostel in Victoria, British Columbia, for example, has launched a new Carbon Neutral Events program, which helps event organizers calculate their carbon footprint and offset related emissions. travel and food. An additional bonus? Planners receive a certificate of authenticity to recognize their commitment to carbon neutrality.

Another property offering exceptional sustainability measures is the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Florida, which, in honor of Earth Day, is hosting its new monthly Full Moon Dinner completely without electricity. Ongoing dinner parties for 20, hosted by the resort’s executive chef, Marcos Seville, invite guests and locals to dine under the moonlight. The April 16 non-electric meal will be cooked with Japanese holm oak charcoal, as well as Himalayan pink salt blocks used in combination with portable gas burners. Other sustainability-focused measures at the resort, which is located at the center of a protected mangrove estuary and beachfront, include the use of biodegradable paper straws and wooden stir sticks, a reclaimed water for irrigation and free eco-tours through the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.

3. Luxury experiences seem to be in vogue.
Hotels and resorts continue to increase their unique offerings in an effort to woo travelers — and many are leaning into luxury to do so. In an over-the-top example, Hôtel Barrière Le Carl Gustaf in St. Barths is offering a new $11,000 Mother’s Day package, complete with personalized gifts and menus, private catamaran rides, babysitting services, robust wellness offerings and more.

For a slightly more affordable, but still seriously luxurious option, the 264-room NoMo SoHo in New York City has launched a Champagne Suite Experience, a partnership with Veuve Clicquot, called “Ode to Bubbly.” For $400, guests can spend the night in a suite filled with Veuve Clicquot-branded swag and themed decor. “Ode to Bubbly” Suite at NoMo SoHoFor guests who wish to upgrade their stay to the “Ode to Bubbly” suite, there is the option of adding a mimosa bar at an additional cost.Photo: Courtesy of NoMo SoHo

4. Mental health continues to be a top priority.
In February, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants began offering free mental health services to travelers. (Read more here.) Another property recognizing the importance of mental health right now is the JW Marriott Marco Island in Florida, which recently launched a new initiative called “Zen Den.” This is a spa-like environment intended to provide an escape for conference attendees and can be hosted in any of the resort’s meeting spaces during a group event. Highlights include a floor-to-ceiling video wall that plays nature scenes, plus dim lighting, individual lounge chairs, immersion headphones with soothing music, and tea and hot water service . Designated Quiet Zones can hold 5-100 guests at a time. The new initiative is in addition to the hotel’s free Mindful Meditation Program, a 25-minute meditation class held daily on the hotel lawn and open to all resort guests.

5. The National Independent Venue Association is organizing a conference.
The National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) will host its first-ever conference July 11-12 in Cleveland. Held at multiple independent venues across the city, the gathering will feature curated programming, industry-specific educational sessions and panels and more, all focused on uniting the independent live entertainment community. NIVA formed during the pandemic and became the driving force behind the Save Our Stages Act – now known as the Shuttered Venues Operators Grant Program – which allocated $16 billion in federal emergency relief to independent venues through the Small Business Administration. (Click here to learn more about the creation of NIVA.)

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