• Fairmont Elevates Austin in City Events Market

     
    POSTED January 4, 2017
     

The Red River Canopy Walk is constructing a $6 million elevated passage in Austin. This will be the only pedestrian bridge that connects the Austin Convention Center directly to a hotel. The passageway between Fairmont Austin and the center will help bring in many high-profile events.

“Without Fairmont Austin and its connectivity to the Austin Convention Center, we simply would have never considered Austin a viable destination for our conference,” says Amy Phillips, CMP, senior director, meetings and events, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “The synergy of these two facilities allows us to host our 3,000-delegate event in Austin, while the Central Business District location enables us to utilize multiple area hotels for our attendees.”

The 33-foot tall passage provides pedestrians with aerial views of Waller Creek and Palm Park as they travel between the 37-story hotel and the convention center.

“The Red River Canopy Walk provides an uncomplicated convention experience which will attract events that may have overlooked Austin in the past,” says Tom Voss, managing director of the hotel. “Fairmont Austin adds an element of style, service and sophistication that will enhance the Austin brand.”

Fairmont Austin offers more than 150,000 square feet of event space, including the Congressional Ballroom, which has 26,100 square feet, the 31,100-square-foot Manchester Ballroom, 23 executive meeting rooms, the seventh floor pool and event deck, and much more.

The Red River Canopy Walk will be completed by August 2017.

Daily life has been significantly altered by COVID-19, no matter the industry. Many are working from home, while children stay inside for online schooling. Meetings and events have been hit especially hard, since the essence of the industry is face-to-face interactions. While we continue to self-isolate, plenty of organizations have been offering webinars with insights on how to handle the pandemic—watching webinars is a great way to use that extra time you might have used for your commute to learn something useful.

 

As the spread of the novel coronavirus continues to put immense pressure on the U.S. health care system and the people who keep it running, the American Hotel and Lodging Association is working to connect hotels with health workers who are struggling to find housing.

 

With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, most people are working from home. Many are social distancing or quarantining with their children, who have transitioned to online classes. Restaurants, bars, coffee shops, offices, stores and so much more have been temporarily shut down in many states, affecting daily life in the most unexpected of ways.