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Who's News in Special Events for February 3, 2022

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Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, an award-winning resort in Bonita Springs, near the city of Naples, announces the completion of a multi-million-dollar guestroom renovation in recognition of its 20-year anniversary last fall.  The updates include a complete transformation of the property’s 426 rooms and 28 suites.  The updated guestrooms showcase a sophisticated tropical feel with new hard wood flooring, coconut wood bed frames, and modern furnishing and décor.  Featuring light green and vibrant ocean blues, the rooms provide bright and airy accommodations representative of the resort’s waterfront location in Southwest Florida.  The new rooms also feature new sandy-colored light fixtures, bold accent chairs, and patio furniture matching the tropical theme.  In addition, the resort updated its corridors with wavy light grey and green carpeting, soft shadowing reminiscent of breeze-blown sand, and dark brown furniture and fixtures. The new rooms complement the resort’s recently-renovated meeting spaces and lobby.  The updated meeting space features light grey carpeting with bold ocean blue curved lines intertwined to perfectly complement the resort’s waterfront location.  Ballrooms also include brand-new elegant and sophisticated light fixtures in a sandy beige color, stages surrounded by deep grey and bright blue drapes, and red chairs.   

Courtyard by Marriott, Washington D.C. Dupont Circle has officially opened its doors in Washington D.C.'s Dupont Circle neighborhood, showcasing a contemporary design that elevates the Courtyard brand. Conveniently located at 1733 N Street NW in the vibrant and historic Dupont Circle neighborhood, the new hotel is perfectly placed among D.C.’s renowned row houses and picturesque parks, just steps away from Embassy Row, the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, and the National Geographic Museum. The new hotel features 143 sleek and spacious guest rooms, available in King or Double Queen configurations, along with large windows that provide an abundance of natural light and views of the bustling neighborhood below. Each room offers 100% black-out shades to ensure that guests will awaken refreshed and each room also offers a large working desk to foster both creativity and productivity. Guests may also enjoy the hotel’s SMART TVs featuring Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming platforms. 

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Destination DC (DDC), the official destination marketing organization for Washington, DC, today announced William Adams’s appointment as director of convention sales. In his new position, Bill will attract convention business and develop sales policies and programs to bring meetings of all sizes to DC. His work will drive local hotel room nights and economic impact from business events, which is a crucial element of pandemic recovery. He will also oversee DDC’s convention sales team and work alongside DDC’s vice president of convention sales and services, Melissa A. Riley.  Bill joins DDC with more than 20 years of experience in the attraction, tourism and hospitality industry and a successful career in convention sales. In his most recent role as national sales manager with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Bill oversaw 800 active accounts and generated 16 percent growth while bringing in business with an economic impact of $473 million, which represented nearly one million hotel room nights. He also spearheaded LVCVA events, sales missions, site inspections and fly-ins that contributed to the overall environment for hotel partner success.  

HRI Lodging announces the appointment of Michael Klein as General Manager at The Eliza Jane, a luxury boutique hotel in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt.  With a storied past as a printing house and bitters factory, The Eliza Jane is a reimagined historic hotel that doubles as an architectural and economic heirloom for the city of New Orleans. With over 20 years of hospitality leadership experience, Klein will oversee the property’s 196 guestrooms including 50 suites, two food & beverage outlets, fitness center, lush garden courtyard, and more than 1,700-square-feet of multi-purpose event space.  Most recently, Klein served as the Director of Operations at an additional HRI Lodging property, Holston House Nashville. During his time overseeing the hotel’s 191-rooms and food & beverage operations, Klein successfully achieved increases in services and profitability before navigating the property through the pandemic and subsequent bounce back in leisure business. Prior to his role at Holston House, Klein was the opening Director of Food & Beverage at the JW Marriott Nashville, and he’s held additional leadership roles in cities such as Austin and San Antonio. 

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