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planner’s pick Boston: Easy as 3-2-1 3 Hotels, 2 sHopping centers, 1 Hynes center HeAtHer Brinton pArKer, cMp Senior Director, Membership & Constituent Services Association of American Medical Colleges Washington, DC The upscale Back Bay residential neighborhood in Boston is defined by rows of 19th century brownstones, where neighbors still talk to each other while watering their window flower boxes. Leafy streets within a stone’s throw of Charles River are filled with hip restaurants and shops, and the central location provides quick access to all of Boston’s major landmarks. Within this setting, the 176,000-sf Hynes convention center is attached to two shopping centers and three hotels: Boston Marriott copley place, sheraton Boston Hotel and the Westin copley place Boston, totaling 3,170 rooms and 192,000 sf of group space. Planners can book the complex through the unique “Connect 3-2-1” package that rolls the entire complex into one, which brings all kinds of wonderfulness to the sales process, logistics and convention services. Heather Brinton Parker, CMP, is the senior director of membership/constituent services for the Association of American Medical Colleges, who has twice organized AAMC’s Annual Meeting here. They’ve booked again for 2017. “It’s fabulous, it’s perfect for a group our size,” says Parker. “Our attendees love it and we always have record attendance there.... They really love everything being under one roof and walking to their hotels without going outside, if they choose, particularly because our meeting is in November.” Over the years, the 4,000-pax group outgrew convention hotels but they still like congregating in what feels like one hotel. Needless to say, between the Hynes and three hotels, a group would be hard pressed to use all of the many breakouts, hospitality suites and various dining venues. Parker says, “It’s a terrific package of space and rooms, and the quality of hotels within the complex is perfect for us.” BAcK BAy nigHts Most of the evening events took place in the hotel spaces, but did the group get to see and enjoy Boston at all? “At these meetings, they don’t have much free time during the day so the variety and close proximity of restaurants are really, really important to us, and when we consider future cities, that is very high up on our priority list,” says Parker. “We particularly look for restaurants that are high-end but not chains, and the Back Bay just has a great variety of those.” Equally important, the residential area made everyone feel safe and comfortable in the evening to go out and explore the city’s wealth of nightlife. “We really enjoyed having so many wonderful options right there, unlike some cities where the convention centers are located in areas where there’s not a ton of buzz at night,” she explains. “And that has been a bit of a challenge some places. Everyone wants that feeling where we can walk out of the complex and feel like we’re part of the city, and enjoy local haunts, not just touristy places.” advantageboston.com; bostonusa.com The Westin Copley Place ”EvEryonE wants that fEEling whErE wE can walk out of thE complEx and fEEl likE wE’rE part of thE city.” 10 | prevue magazine http://www.advantageboston.com http://www.bostonusa.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Prevue September/October 2011

Back Bay, Boston
Manchester
Meliá Hotels & Resorts
San Francisco/Denver/Cleveland
HSMAI + Soles4Souls
IRF/MGM Resorts, Las Vegas
Daytona Beach
Sustainability: The Next Big Thing
Central America
India
Sweden
Barcelo Resorts/Samana, DR
Portland

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Prevue September/October 2011 - Back Bay, Boston (Page 10)
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Prevue September/October 2011 - Meliá Hotels & Resorts (Page 14)
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Prevue September/October 2011 - San Francisco/Denver/Cleveland (Page 16)
Prevue September/October 2011 - San Francisco/Denver/Cleveland (Page 17)
Prevue September/October 2011 - HSMAI + Soles4Souls (Page 18)
Prevue September/October 2011 - HSMAI + Soles4Souls (Page 19)
Prevue September/October 2011 - IRF/MGM Resorts, Las Vegas (Page 20)
Prevue September/October 2011 - IRF/MGM Resorts, Las Vegas (Page 21)
Prevue September/October 2011 - Daytona Beach (Page 22)
Prevue September/October 2011 - Daytona Beach (Page 23)
Prevue September/October 2011 - Sustainability: The Next Big Thing (Page 24)
Prevue September/October 2011 - Sustainability: The Next Big Thing (Page 25)
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