As the team at FlannelJax’s likes to say, “Don’t just break the ice … smash through it with an axe!” It’s teambuilding on steroids or at least the kind you can conquer in plaid shirts or loosened ties.
Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe has appointed Jennifer Perkins to its event management team. Previously, she served as the tennis and fitness manager at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands.
Margaritaville Lake Resort also has promoted Peggy Bennett from retail manager to events manager. Bennett has been with the resort since it opened, managing the retail department, including inventory management, promotion, and training and scheduling staff.
The Dallas City Council has approved plans for a new 2.5-million-square-foot convention center located adjacent to the current Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. The new center will feature 800,000 square feet of exhibit space and 400,000 square feet of breakout space, including a 100,000-square-foot ballroom. Construction on the $2 billion center is expected to begin in 2024 with completion in 2028.
Communities across Texas have started planning their summer calendar of events, including the ever-popular outdoor movie nights. For community, association and nonprofit event planners, Austin-based Ultimate Outdoor Entertainment and Ultimate Outdoor Movies have made it more financially accessible to organize these events. The two organizations launched a nationwide Outdoor Movie Licensing grant program that helps groups fund the licensing cost associated with organizing and running outdoor movie nights.
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N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management has changed its name to the Conrad N. Hilton College of Global Hospitality Leadership. Paula Myrick Short, senior vice president for academic affairs, says, “The new name not only reflects the role of Hilton College as a global leader in hospitality education, but also supports its mission to prepare the industry’s future leaders.”
Winter Olympians weren’t the only people battling for the gold recently. A Texas favorite, Whataburger, held its own biennial event: WhataGames. Held in Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center on March 24-26, the event tested the restaurant-running skills of Whataburger’s operating partners and their teams.
Competing for $5,000 awarded to each member of the winning team, more than 850 teams started the competition last summer with 16 finalist teams earning a spot in the championship games that culminated with a dinner and awards ceremony.
Since its inception in 2017, Beaumont’s downtown mural project has welcomed a dozen murals to the city, providing a lively streetscape for residents and visitors alike. In March, the city kicked off its inaugural Mural Fest with 16 artists from around the nation creating masterpieces. For five days, the artists, who have cult-like followings from around the country, painted as many walls as they could, more than doubling Beaumont’s mural count overnight.
The hospitality industry can play an important role in fighting human trafficking. As of January 1, a new state law requires annual human trafficking prevention training for commercial lodging industry employees. The legislation was advocated for by the Texas hotel industry, in coordination with major hotel brands and the American Hotel & Lodging Association.
Transportation access is one of the top considerations when planning a large convention. Now, with the introduction of nonstop flights, organizing a national and international convention in Austin has become more convenient for planners and attendees. Virgin Atlantic will launch nonstop service between Austin and London Heathrow. This will be the airline’s first new route from the United States since 2015. The four-times-a-week service is set to launch May 25.
There’s a new kid on the block with one heck of a storied past: Renaissance Saint Elm Dallas Downtown Hotel is now open for business. The 177-room hotel opened in February and features Brasserie Toussaint, serving French cuisine with Asian flare. Additional amenities include Café Toussaint, a 24/7 fitness center, and 5,600 square feet of meeting and event space.