Recent acquisitions and grand openings mean new opportunities for meeting planners.
Recent expansion efforts by Omni Hotels & Resorts have left the company with a portfolio of iconic properties and association meeting planners with a plethora of options.
In September, the doors were opened to the 21-story, 800-room Omni Nashville Hotel, which will host many attendees at the ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition this summer.
“It was created specifically to be an authentic expression of the city’s vibrant music culture,” says Tom Faust, vice president of sales at Omni. The new downtown hotel is located across from the new Music City Center and
is fully integrated with an expansion into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on three levels.
In January, Omni completed the purchase of the Montelucia Resort & Spa, which was reflagged as the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. The company made moves north of the border as well, becoming the long-term operator of The King Edward Hotel in Toronto.
Other projects in 2013 included Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort’s $85 million renovation, Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort’s $18 million renovation, Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate’s partnership with Osceola County to offer a new 55,000-square-foot conference center, and Omni San Diego Hotel’s renovation of all guest rooms, suites, and guest room hallways.
The expansion and upgrades “give planners and associations more opportunities and venues to choose from, be it a city-center hotel, an activity-rich resort, or a spacious convention property,” says Faust.