Making Headlines

Stonebridge Buys Le Meridien New Orleans Hotel

Stonebridge Companies has bought the 410-room Le Meridien New Orleans hotel for $84 million, the group’s third acquisition in the New Orleans market. Le Meridien has more than 13,000 square feet of event space and is near the French Quarter, Bourbon Street and Warehouse Arts District.

Oklahoma City’s new Convention Center to Open in 2020

Oklahoma City’s new $288-million convention center is slated to open for business in late 2020. Said to be the largest single construction project in the city’s history, the MAPS 3 Downtown Convention Center will replace the city’s current convention center.

Events DC Creates New Position to Boost Demand, Expand Reach

Events DC, the official convention and sports authority of the District of Columbia, has named Jinhee Kim as the organization’s first-ever Chief Creative Officer, a new position established to create innovative strategies to drive new business.

Evansville CVB Hires New President and CEO

After a nationwide search, The Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau has hired a new president and CEO. James Wood, most recently the president and CEO of Meet AC and the Atlantic City Sports Commission, takes the reigns on Jan. 15.

Brand USA Program Extended

With growth in domestic travel projected to soften in 2020, the American hospitality and travel community is hailing the renewal of Brand USA.

Hyatt Regency Phoenix Ready to Reveal Major Makeover

PHOENIX, Ariz. — The 44-year-old Hyatt Regency Phoenix has undergone a major transformation. For starters, the hotel’s 15,000-square-foot atrium, ballroom and 26 meeting spaces — four are completely new – have been totally redone.