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sq. ft. of column-free space on the top level. A 10,000-sq.-ft. balcony overlooks Katella Avenue and Disneyland Resort. ACC North is connected by a climate-controlled pedestrian bridge to the rest of the convention center. The larger groups that the expanded Anaheim Convention Center attracts will also have expanded lodging options to consider. Breaking ground in September, the 613room Westin Anaheim Resort will feature three restaurants, a rooftop lounge overlooking Disneyland’s nightly fireworks, a resort-style pool and a marketplace. The hotel will also be well stocked in meeting space: 42,000 sq. ft. across 11 rooms, including a 16,000-sq.-ft. grand ballroom. The property is set to open in 2019. Disneyland Resort is planning a new hotel, the fourth in the resort and first new build in nearly 20 years. The 700-room, AAA Four Diamond hotel will be located at the north end of the Downtown Disney parking lot. Construction begins this year with a slated 2021 opening. Groups interested in a Disney experience may also consider Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which completed a remodel of its guestrooms, pool area, concierge-level Craftsman Club and lobby furniture late last year. Smaller hotel developments in Anaheim include the 178-room Hampton Inn & Suites Anaheim Resort and Convention Center, scheduled to open this summer; a 174room Element by Westin, opening this summer; and a 352room Cambria Hotel & Suites hotel that opens in November.


The centerpiece of Long Beach’s meetings industry is the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, offering more than 400,000 sq. ft. of function space. A recent $60 million modernization of the facility has enhanced the Center’s lobbies and hallways to create mini meeting spots and networking pods for attendees. An especially popular facility is the Pacific Ballroom at Long Beach Arena, which saw maximum event usage last year. The turnkey venue offers 45,000 sq. ft. of floor space and built-in professional LEDs, stage lighting and sound system. Other intriguing venues include the new Terrace Plaza, with programmable “dancing waters” fountains, and The Cove, opened last summer. Bedecked with LED lights and aquatic decorative elements, The Cove accommodates from 500 to 5,000 guests. For the full aquatic experience, planners can consider booking the Aquarium of the Pacific, available for corporate

events. The aquarium’s new gallery, Pacific Visions, will debut this year. The 29,000-sq.-ft., two-story venue will include an immersive theater, special exhibition and art gallery space. Other points of interest in the city include The Queen Mary, The Pike Outlets, Shoreline Village, Museum of Latin American Art and Long Beach Museum of Art. The city offers over 4,500 hotel rooms, with 3,000 within walking distance of Convention Center. In November, a new, dual property by Hilton opened: The 143-room Hampton Inn Long Beach Airport and 98-room Homewood Suites Long Beach Airport.


Rendering of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, opening in 2021 California is known for healthy living and environmental values, and one of its major convention centers, the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC), is doing its part to maintain the quality of the environment. Currently, the LACC implements more than 30 sustainable practices and procedures. In line with the green effort, the AEG Facilities-managed venue introduced a 9,500-sq.-ft. rooftop garden in January. The space features various citrus trees, herbs and vegetables, providing ingredients for the LACC’s in-house caterer, Levy Restaurants. Levy “works seamlessly with the convention center,” remarks Judy Larson, Director of Meetings & Exhibits with the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, which held its International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare – 18th Annual Meeting at the LACC. “Our large events are the exhibit hall lunches and the opening party — all were successfully handled by Levy Restaurants.” The service made a great first impression on the group, as it was the Society’s first time meeting in Los Angeles. The total number of registered attendees and exhibitors Continued on page 24




Facilities & Destinations - Spring 2018  

F&D's Spring 2018 edition, includes: Forum - Q&A with John Ehlenfeldt, Executive VP, Sales & Administration, Visit Huntington Beach. Plan...

Facilities & Destinations - Spring 2018  

F&D's Spring 2018 edition, includes: Forum - Q&A with John Ehlenfeldt, Executive VP, Sales & Administration, Visit Huntington Beach. Plan...