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    3 Tips to Immerse Attendees in the Host City

     
    POSTED February 28, 2022
     

Incorporating the host city into the framework of the meeting is an effective way to enhance the content of the conference.

Host in Local Hotel
While attendees might flock to flag hotels, consider a boutique hotel as overflow to showcase the destination. In Lubbock, the DoubleTree by Hilton offers a local flair through design and cuisine; meanwhile, just a few streets over, the Cotton Court Hotel pays tribute to the area’s cotton history. 

Add Local Cuisine
Cuisine is a tasty way to connect attendees to your host city, and locally sourced ingredients featured at Lubbock’s Cocina de La Sirena or at local food trucks do just that. In Lubbock, impress guests with the original food truck, the chuckwagon! For a nightcap, include a signature cocktail; you might learn an intriguing story like the creation of Lubbock’s classic Chilton.

Choose Location-Specific Oddities
Bring the culture of the region to life with attractions like the Buddy Holly Center and the National Ranching Heritage Center. You might even find local celebrities at places like Prairie Dog Town!

With specialty items like coffee, honey, and destination stickers, CVBs are a great resource to highlight the destination as well. 

Each destination exhibits a unique character, giving insight to the nature of the community. Here people are eager to showcase the West Texas way of life.

Sheraton Dallas has welcomed Pierre Daval as the hotel’s new executive chef. Daval has more than 25 years of culinary experience, including 20 years with Marriott International. Originally from France, Daval started his culinary career in the United States at the Marriott Tan-Tar-A Resort in Missouri in 2000. His most recent role was at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort in Illinois as the executive chef and food and beverage director where he personally managed an apiary and a two-acre farm. He also previously worked at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare and the Chicago Marriott Downtown.

 

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has broken ground on its new extended-stay brand in Plano. The all new-construction brand, operating under the working title "Project ECHO," has 72 hotels in the development pipeline as of the end of the second quarter. The purpose-built, 124-room Project ECHO prototype is just over 50,000 square feet, with individual rooms averaging 300 square feet. 

 

The historic Austin hotel, The Driskill, has appointed Nori Meisner to its staff as historic tour guide and special events concierge. In her new role, Meisner will bring to life the stories of the hotel, which was built by cattle baron Colonel Jesse Driskill in 1886. Among the many memories she’ll share with guests on the history tour is the first date between former President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird. The two met over breakfast on that fateful day.