Event venue news for June 2022

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In case you missed it
Recently on BizBash, we highlighted new great event locations in Atlanta, New York, San Diego, and Seattle, as well as great boats and yachts to rent for summer gatherings. We also took a look inside two immersive hotel suite experiences: a reimagining of the infamous Room 214 at the Watergate Hotel to mark the 50th anniversary of the Watergate scandal, as well as a series of “First Lady Suites” at Ritz-Carlton hotels across the country to celebrate the new Showtime series.

Here are six more things you should know this month…

1. Choice Hotels acquired Radisson Hotel Group.
In some major merger news, Choice Hotels announced this week that it had acquired Radisson Hotel Group Americas— and its nine hotel brands — for $675 million. The transaction will add more than 624 hotels and 68,000 rooms to the Choice Hotels portfolio, strengthening the brand’s presence in the upscale hotel segments. The deal is expected to be officially completed in the second half of 2022.

2. Yes, NFTs are still relevant.
As the line between the physical and digital worlds continues to blur, NFTs (non-fungible tokens) continue to make their mark in the hospitality world. Case in point: Tampa-based digital consultancy Metaverse Hospitality, which builds hotels based on the metaverse and integrates hotels and restaurants with Web3 technology, is launching its own proprietary NFTs on June 28. Bespoke NFTs will act as a valuable asset in the metaverse and also provide tangible rewards and benefits in the real world. Highlights include a virtual concierge, free hosting of virtual events and conferences, and IRL options like gym memberships, spa days, and more.

The 264 rooms of New York NoMo SoHo The hotel, meanwhile, has launched its own NFT, which the hotel says makes it the first in the United States to allow guests to book stays using blockchain technology. Using solid block‘s platform and technology, so-called “NFTstays”, are offered with stays of three to six nights at the property; customers booking these packages will have access to exclusive preferential rates at competitive prices.

“We are incredibly proud to be the first hotel in the country to cross this new frontier,” said Alex Sapir, President of Hotel Owners Sapir Corp Ltd. “Our NFT offerings will provide NoMo SoHo with a competitive advantage and, more importantly, flexibility for each of our most discerning guests. The NFTs each represent a recognizable part of the hotel, such as the property’s popular “Tunnel of Love” entrance.Photo: Courtesy of NoMo SoHo

3. Airbnb has launched a new safety feature for solo travelers.
As business travel returns, employees may seek unconventional options such as Airbnb. To help create a safe and secure experience, the brand recently launched its new solo traveler in-app functionality. When a guest books a private or shared room, Airbnb activates a specialized experience in the app, starting with providing the guest with expert guidance to help them stay safe when traveling alone. Users can also easily share their booking itinerary with family, friends, co-workers or supervisors in case of an emergency with just a tap.

4. Hotels continue to explore unconventional team building ideas.
Hotels continue to try to bring group business back via unconventional team building options. BizBash recently rounded up original hotel ideas, ranging from a TikTok-inspired dance break at the Aruba Marriott Resort to Forest Forge at Barnsley Resort in Georgia. A fun idea? “Just Sand and Water” at Casa Marina Key West in Florida, where groups will be motivated to work together, be creative, and express ideas and opinions while building their best sand sculptures. Click here to see more.

Paradise Island of Atlantis, meanwhile, launched Sapphire Services, a bespoke concierge platform dedicated to creating and managing unique guest experiences. Possibilities include immersions in authentic Bahamian customs such as Junkanoo and art walks with well-known Bahamian artists, private or semi-private flights from South Florida with Tropic Ocean Airways, and day trips to neighboring islands by boat.

5. Kimpton has launched a useful new offer for pet owners.
Hoping to bring your pet on your next business trip? Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants and Pet Sitting Wag! have teamed up for a one-of-a-kind partnership that allows guests and employees access to walks and other pet care while staying at more than 65 Kimpton properties across the United States. To launch the new partnership, KimptonXWag! will offer 1,000 free 20-minute services (rides or stops) to guests staying at any of Kimpton’s participating properties. Additionally, Kimpton customers will have access to a free month of Wag! Premium with every stay.

6. This year’s HITEC conference will highlight the latest hospitality trends.
The Hospitality Industry Technology Expo and Conference (HITEC) will celebrate its 50th anniversary June 27-30 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Sessions will cover the latest new tech trends affecting the hospitality industry, information on how NFTs and crypto are affecting hotels, tips for sustainability in the restaurant business, information on hotel security best practices, and more. Again. Click here to register.

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