Top 10 U.S. Event Markets & More

Posted on July 27, 2011 by Comments Off

I’m always curious about which cities are leading the pack when it comes to event markets. The March STR/McGraw Hill Construction Dodge Pipeline Report shows the total active U.S. hotel development pipeline comprises 3,095 total projects, with 325,407 total rooms being constructed in 2011. New York is leading the pack (always a favorite event location), constructing a massive 6,763 rooms which is surprisingly down by -36% compared to the year-over-year change. Orlando on the other hand currently has a total of 118,230 existing rooms but is experiencing a +108 increase year-over-year change with 2,636 rooms being constructed in 2011. This data is interesting to dissect as it shows which cities are continuing to grow and where the next up and coming event locations may be.









Consider Nashville & Philadelphia

New York, Orlando, Washington DC, Chicago and Atlanta are the usual suspects for popular event and convention locations so it’s not surprising they are leading the above list for top hotel rooms in construction. As these major cities continue to grow I was a bit surprised by the above results for Nashville and Philadelphia. I’ve always been interested in holding events in these cities so perhaps in 2011 and beyond they will make a bigger splash in the market.

Nashville, Tennessee

Experience the energy and excitement of Music City at one of my must visit hotels in Nashville, Tennessee, the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. Located on the banks of the Cumberland River, the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center is minutes from the Airport and a short drive or riverboat cruise from downtown. Guests will be amazed by the hotels climate-controlled signature glass atriums, nine acres of indoor gardens, cascading waterfalls and indoor river complete with a Delta flatboat. Enjoy the hotel’s recently remodeled guest rooms and suites, a completely redesigned Cascades lobby, stylish and contemporary new restaurants, unique shopping experiences, a 20,000-square-foot spa and fitness center and 600,000 square feet of flexible convention, exhibition and pre-function meeting space. An event planners dream hotel!

Step outside the hotel and experience the great tunes of Nashville. Once you hear the music, I’ve been told you’ll never want to leave! Music City plays so many beats, attendees are sure to find one that moves them. Don’t miss out on the rich history, events and attractions Nashville has to offer for your next event.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Enjoy Philadelphia while staying at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. The first skyscraper ever built in the City of Brotherly Love is home to Loews Philadelphia Hotel. With contemporary décor and gracious hospitality, Loews Philadelphia Hotel is one of Center City’s most inviting luxury hotels. Enjoy supremely comfortable rooms and memorable culinary delights. On property, SoleFood Restaurant provides a hip environment mixed with classic style. Known for create exciting seafood cuisine and delicious drinks the restaurant mixes traditional culinary techniques with fresh ingredients and modern presentations… yes, please!

Take advantage of everything Philadelphia has to offer! Whether you’re planning a major convention, tradeshow or workshop attendees can expect great memories and a good mix of business, education, history, and fun in one of American’s most walk-able cities.

What new cities do you think will make the list in 2012?

Did You Just Double Dip That Chip?

Posted on July 21, 2011 by Comments Off

This week Zagat published “The Ten New Rules of Dining Etiquette” and it was featured on the Today Show.  I always love a good reminder of the do’s and don’ts of dining out.

This is also a good time to share our Rules of Event Etiquette.

1. Répondez S’il Vous Plaît

If you receive an invitation and it says to please respond by August 1, then respond by August 1 (or earlier).  Yes, event planners tend to build in a bit of buffer time but they need your response to determine how many guests to guarantee and to make sure there is ample food & drinks. 

2. Unexpected Arrival

If you don’t RSVP for an event, don’t expect a name tag waiting for you, a seat at dinner or a warm welcome.  

3.  Thank You!

When you arrive at the event, please make sure to thank the event host.  The host spent a lot of time (and money) preparing for the event and it’s nice to acknowledge his/her hard work. This goes for all events big and small. 

4.  Did You Just Double Dip That Chip?

I would like to believe that this doesn’t happen but I’ve seen it with my own eyes at MANY events. If you are dipping chips or veggies or anything else, do not dunk a second time.  If there is a chocolate fountain, do not stick your finger in to sample the chocolatey goodness.  And if you think no one is watching, you are wrong.  As we learned from Seinfeld, “From now on, when you take a chip, just take one dip and end it.”

 5.  Cab please!

Please watch what you’re eating and drinking during the event.  You don’t want to overdo it and embarrass yourself.  And make sure you have a plan to get home.

6.  Dress the Part

Remember to wear layers so you can be comfortable at any temperature.  You may not have control over the AC or heat at the event so be prepared. 

7.  Grand Entrance 

Arrive at the appropriate time.  

8.  Be Prepared 

Before the event, make sure you have directions and know how to get there.  Check to see if you will need cash for the bar, valet or coat check. Decide if it is appropriate to bring a small gift for the host.  Don’t wait until the last minute to run errands and show up late (see rule #7). 

9. Can I Bring 20 of My Closest Friends? 

Ask first before you show up with additional guests.  Even bringing a few extra people can be an unwelcomed surprise for the event planner/host. 

10. Leave!

 Do not be the last one to leave. You don’t want to overstay your welcome.


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