• IACC Certification Awarded to Doug Pitcock ’49 Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center

    POSTED July 17, 2018

This August, the new Doug Pitcock ’49 Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center will be open to the public holding a new membership in IACC. This credential, better known as the International Association of Conference Centers, is an elite acknowledgement of stellar service and hospitality. As the only international association representing small-to-medium-sized venues, this membership includes thought leaders of the meetings and events industry.

In order to achieve this exclusive recognition, the Hotel and Conference Center had to demonstrate commitment to the highest standards across the board. Mark Cooper, IACC’s CEO, commented, “The Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center has demonstrated throughout its planning stages that it is totally committed to delivering the IACC Meetings Experience. The property proved to exceed the criteria relating to its design, facilities, services, technology, and sustainability. “Membership in IACC is another mark of meeting excellence for our property as we strive to create the definitive ‘Aggieland Meeting Experience,’” says General Manager Greg Stafford.

This new hotel, located on the Texas A&M campus features eight stories, 252,000 square feet of facilities (including 35,000 square feet of meeting and event space), an 8,300-square-foot ballroom, 22 meeting rooms, and 250 guest rooms. As a member of IACC, this prestigious property will be a part of the Benchmark Resorts and Hotels brand under the management of BENCHMARK, a global hospitality company. 

Event attendees at the George R. Brown Convention Center (GRB) will now be able to enjoy coffee from the first robotic, connected coffee service in Houston—the Coffee Haus, located across from the Marriott Marquis Houston’s skywalk. Houston First, which owns and operates the GRB, and its hospitality team powered by Levy, Houston Inspired Catering, have partnered with Austin-based Briggo to implement this service.


The Perot Museum of Nature and Science recently hosted its annual fundraising gala, Night at the Museum: Rock the Perot, on Saturday, Nov. 10. All five levels of the museum were packed with experiences designed to “rock the senses,” from magnificent minerals, to neon-lit prehistoric giants, live music by The Bridgwater Orchestra and food from Wolfgang Puck Catering.


The Rose Hotel Chicago O’Hare, Tapestry Collection by Hilton officially opened this holiday season on November 15 while honoring veteran Elizabeth O’Byrne in conjunction with Veterans Day. O’Byrne and her family received the first guest special experience at the hotel’s grand opening event.