Summer 2017 brings the latest crop of hotel and venue builds, restorations and renovations you’ll want to put on your meetings radar.
> Opening this fall, Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach will add a new option for incentive groups meeting in Hawaii. The 839-room property (transformed from the former Pacific Beach Hotel, to the tune of $115 million) will wow with a 280,000-gallon saltwater oceanarium in the lobby filled with marine life, plus a pool deck with an infinity pool, floating cabanas and ocean views.
> Incentive planners seeking an exotic destination can consider the upgraded Anantara Angkor Resort (shown top) in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The ancient city of Angkor is home to UNESCO World Heritage Site Khmer ruins, including Angkor Wat, the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Fresh off a total renovation, the all-suite resort has luxe accommodations, personal butlers for each guest, on-site Khmer dining options and Anantara Spa.
> A former ice warehouse from 1927 in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood reopened as a private event venue in March. Block 41 has three open indoor spaces—think exposed brick and wood beams—across two levels (totaling 15,000 square feet), plus an outdoor courtyard. It can accommodate events for up to 800 people.
> Hunt Valley Inn outside Baltimore reopened as Delta Hotels Baltimore Hunt Valley after a $15 million renovation. The 392-room, full-service hotel is part of Marriott and includes 27,000 square feet of event space in Maryland’s horse country.
> Planners have a new off-site venue to consider in Las Vegas with the 75,000-sq.-ft. Enclave, only a few minutes’ drive from McCarran International Airport and the Strip. Powered by 3G Productions, the venue is equipped with the latest AV technology. In addition to multiple ballrooms, a production studio, a green room and conference rooms, an outdoor garden and rooftop deck will be added by summer.