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Meeting Sites ESSENTIAL TOOL BOX Denver M I L E H I G H : That is the expectation for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, slated for Denver in August. The past two years have seen the rebranding of the Adam’s Mark to a Sheraton and the opening of the “pop culture” Curtis hotel and the $88 million Ritz-Carlton; new arrivals in top venues are the Daniel Libeskinddesigned Denver Art Museum building and the David Adjayedesigned Museum of Contemporary Art, with more in store for the future. By Terri Hardin CONVENTIONAL WISDOM world-class convention and leisure destination during the 1990s and early 2000 decade was a major tipping point,” says Lopez. “That investment included the completion of the 1,100-room Hyatt Convention Centers/Facilities: Colorado Convention Center has 584,000 sf of contiguous space divisible by six; 63 meeting rooms and two ballrooms (35,000 and 50,000 sf, respectively); Wells Fargo Theatre accommodates 5,000 theater-style. Designated headquarters hotel: The 1,100rm Hyatt and 1,200-rm Sheraton Denver. Total Hotel Rooms: 42,000 Rooms close to the Convention Center: 7,200 Daily Business Travel Costs*: Hotel: $158 F&B: $81.67 Car Rental: $75.71 For more information: Denver Metro CVB For complete listings, visit Facility Quick Search at *Business Travel News 2008 Corporate Travel Index “The last time Denver hosted a national political convention was in 1908,” says Chris Lopez, spokesperson for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Candidates, delegates, super-delegates, and Regency at the Colorado Convention Centhe people who love and hate them will ter—a major selling point.” What will the Dems be once again invade the doing in Denver? AccordMile-High City this August ing to Lopez, “Events will for the most suspenseful be staged throughout Denconvention in decades. Our subscribers gave a PinHotel inventory require- nacle Award to the following: ver’s neighborhoods, from Elitch Gardens, to Red ments for the event are Denver Metro CVB Rocks Amphitheatre, to the projected at 17,200 hotel Denver Art Museum, to the rooms, with downtown For more listings, visit Museo de las Americas. The properties completely sold Facility Quick Search at READERS RECOMMEND The new Hyatt Regency out. “That Denver invested over $7 billion to become a Denver Performing Arts Center, which is the second largest in the nation after Lincoln Center, with 10 venues seating 10,000 for theater, opera, symphony, and dance, will be heavily used. Delegate parties will be held in 25 venues across Denver the weekend before the convention opens on August 2.” Unconfirmed reports tally the number of events at 1,200. A Big Denver Welcome When it comes to welcome gifts, there’s a surprising assortment from which to choose. According to Rich Grant, spokesperson for the Denver Metro CVB, “Denver is a center for candy production, and Enstrom’s toffee in their Rocky Mountain packaging is popular. Another company [Stephany’s Chocolates] makes a Denver Mint, which is delicious, attractively packaged, and clever.” Also, he adds, Denver is home to “one of only two U.S. mints that specially stamp letters on the coins (in this case, ‘D’ for Denver), so special coin sets or commemorative coins have been used,” as well as backpacks, caps, and hiking socks “for outdoor themes.” Noting that Denver brews more beer than any other city, Grant says, “Ice buckets of Coors or Denver microbrews have been used.” Regarding gifts for the DNC delegates, DNC spokesperson Lopez says, “We are working to make sure everything we do creates a sustainable environment.” —TH SUCCESSFUL MEETINGS PHOTO: DENVER METRO CVB 100 Stephany’s Chocolates

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Successful Meetings - April 2008

Successful Meetings - April 2008
Editor's Note
Industry Trends
On the Record
Planner's Spotlight
Technology Talk
Personal Success
Websites of the Month
Food & Beverage
On Site
Professional Development
On Site
Professional Development
Miforum Q&A
Beyond the Flames
Reservation for—21,000
Casino Riches
Entertainment Jackpot
Who Needs a Passport?
The International Swing
Around the World in 18 Holes
Places & Spaces
Puerto Rico
Show Special: Washington DC / Frankfurt, Germany

Successful Meetings - April 2008

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