• 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.

When it comes to planning events, planners must be choosy when determining the venue. Setting priorities like location, size, and technological capabilities sets them up for a successful event, but often forces them to weed out dozens of venues due to their limitations. Although sometimes, a venue comes along that provides the perfect location, high-speed technology, and much more without having to compromise.

 

On September 1, over 1,500 businesses across the country illuminated their buildings with red lights to draw attention to the devastation that the live events and performance art industries have faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

According to a survey commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), frequent travelers feel safer when hotels adhere to AHLA's Stay Safe guidelines, which detail cleaning protocols for hotels during the COVID-19 pandemic.