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Who's News in Special Events on April 1, 2021

Special events business news.

Hot Off the Presses

Though the global glass tableware industry suffered a setback amidst the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, recovery is in progress, paving new paths for industry players. While demand for dinnerware is rising once again, with the hotel & catering industry getting back to its feet, the market is set to witness profitable gains over the coming years.

The latest report on ‘glass tableware’ published by an ESOMAR-certified market research and consulting firm depicts market outlook of industry in the post-pandemic years from 2021 to 2031. As per the report, recovery of key end-use industries will raise the revenue of stakeholders, while there will be to concentrate on key countries such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, China, Japan, France, and a few others. Overall, the global glass tableware market is set to expand at a CAGR of more than 3% over the next ten years.

Seeing is believing, especially when it comes to booking a meeting venue. That’s why Ventura County Coast in partnership with the California Hotel & Lodging Association launched a “Clean + Safe Meeting and Event Guidelines” virtual tour, turning real-life meeting and event space at the Ventura Beach Marriott into an immersive digital environment to show potential planners and travel industry professionals suggested safety protocols for future meetings and events. The 360-degree tour is available to view at with a digital toolkit of resources.

This interactive experience is the result of an industry collaboration made possible by the California Hotel & Lodging Association, the Ventura County Lodging Association and its city partners, Visit Camarillo, Visit Oxnard, Visit Ventura and Discover Port Hueneme.

Venue News


Hotel Florence, located in the quaint Southern town of Florence, SC has completed a renovation and conversion into a Tapestry Collection by Hilton property in February 2021, making it a timely new option for gatherings of all kinds, as many companies look toward hosting out-of-town meetings, events, and retreats again (hopefully!) in late 2021. 

The hotel features a selection of meeting/event options and amenities, including: 

  • 2,900 square feet of state-of-the-art facilities that can host up to 250 people
  • Configurations to meet each group’s needs, including teleconference services and WiFi that reaches throughout the hotel and business center
  • Victors restaurant, Hotel Florence’s full-service steak and seafood restaurant, located on the first floor of the hotel, which offers robust catering options and over 2,200 square feet of event space and outdoor dining options
  • An in-house spa for down time relaxation

Hotel Florence also offers a prime vantage point in the heart of downtown, with close proximity to popular nearby cities, including Charleston, Columbia, Savannah, and more. The town offers a variety of excursions and outing opportunities – and the Florence-based hotel team is perfectly primed to recommend and coordinate local experiences for groups. Some of their favorite must-visit Florence attractions include Main Street shopping and dining (where the hotel is located), the annual Pee Dee Plant & Flower Show, City Center Market, public art displays, the NASCAR Darlington Raceway, and more.

 Hilton announces the opening of the reimagined and reconceptualized Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Curio Collection by Hilton. Owned by JC Hospitality LLC, the highly anticipated hotel is the latest addition to the Curio Collection by Hilton brand and Hilton’s expanding portfolio in the Las Vegas market. Located just off the Las Vegas Strip, Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Curio Collection by Hilton offers guests and locals alike a distinctly authentic and one-of-a-kind Vegas experience within a resort oasis with over 1,500 chambers and suites, an exclusive spa, 12 exciting food and beverage outlets, vibrant daytime and nighttime live entertainment venues, a 60,000-square-foot state-of-the-art casino and more.

Upcoming Events

Songkran: Thailand’s New Year is coming up on April 13th -15th and I wanted to invite you to join the Tourism Authority of Thailand in a virtual celebration, Spring into Songkran Splendors. 

Taking place on Thursday, April 8th from 8 - 9 p.m. EDT, Spring into Songkran Splendors encourages Thailand lovers, culture seekers, and curious foodies to join a one-night-only celebration in which Songkran’s traditions will be brought to life with a series of events broadcast live from Chiang Mai, Thailand. 

The festivities will include:

  • A brief education on the festival’s significance followed by Thai New Year Blessings live from the Baan Rai Kong Khing Community with Trikaya Tours. Lauded as a model for Community Based Tourism, Baan Rai Kong Khing is a small organic farming community outside of Chiang Mai, a destination for traditional and holistic wellness practices.    

  • A virtual cooking class making “Som Tum Thai” (Thai papaya salad) and sticky rice with Thai Chef Arnold Myint. As a James Beard House Chef, Top Chef contender, and Food Network star - with plans to open a new restaurant in 2021 - Chef Myint’s unmatched passion for Thailand’s culinary culture will make the event a flavorful night to remember. 

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