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Who's News in Special Events for March 10, 2022

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The newly restored Pridwin Hotel and Cottages will reopen for stays this summer after having closed its doors in November 2019. The Shelter Island, NY, waterfront property will debut with a new look after an extensive two-year renovation. Reopening under the ownership of a new collaboration between Cape Resorts, a leading hospitality investment and management company widely known for its expertise in adaptive reuse and historic preservation of resort and hospitality properties, and the Petry family which has owned and operated the resort since 1961, The Pridwin has officially opened its first set of reservation dates for stays beginning in August with earlier summer dates opening over the next few weeks. Those interested may begin making reservation requests for June and July dates. June rates begin at $749 per night based on double occupancy.   

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, the premier hotel for meetings and events in Northeast Florida, announces the completion of a multimillion-dollar renovation.  The project completely transformed the property’s meeting space with everything from an updated color palette to new carpeting, wall coverings, updated light fixtures, and more.  The renovation includes a complete remodel of the hotel’s meeting venues. The color palette has been updated from darker earth tones to more neutral blues and grays to provide a bright and welcoming atmosphere.  The new plush carpet features a range of dark blues accented by intricate line-work patterns, and the space has been refreshed with fresh nude and light grey wall coverings, dark grey and taupe accent walls, deep grey entry doors with gold finishes, bright chandeliers, modern light fixtures, and more.  The project also includes the elevator waiting areas and meeting space bathrooms. Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront features 118,000 square feet of flexible event space, making it the largest meeting facility in Northeast Florida. Groups can enjoy outdoor functions in an urban setting on the hotel’s 20,000 square-feet of deck space that overlooks the St. Johns River. The River Deck Balconies range in size to accommodate between 300 and 3,200 people, ideal for cocktail receptions, networking events, or presentations. 

Hyatt Regency Morristown, one of the area’s premier downtown hotels for business and leisure travelers, announces its “Take 2 in ‘22” promotion for meetings and events.  The hotel is providing the special promotion in recognition of its recent multimillion-dollar renovation which showcases a complete transformation of its meeting and event space, lobby, food and beverage offerings, and guestrooms and corridors.  The “Take 2 in ‘22” promotion allows meeting and event planners to select two complimentary enhancements including a free meeting planner office, one complimentary guestroom per 30 rooms actualized, two guestroom upgrades at group rates for VIPs, 10 percent discount on published Banquet menus (excluding alcohol), five complimentary parking passes per night or 10 event space Wi-Fi connections.  To be eligible for the promotion, planners must book before March 31, 2022 for a meeting or event completed by June 30, 2022. 

Hot Off the Presses

CLEARED4, the nation’s largest and most trusted HIPAA-compliant health verification platform, announced today it is providing custom features and solutions to conferences, events and tradeshows across the U.S. for clients that include Aflac, Workday, American Cancer Society, and the Inspired Home Show at McCormick Place in Chicago. As many companies begin to announce a return to in-person, live events, the platform will provide consistent event health management, including onsite monitoring for attendees, vendors and staff—the most crucial piece to create a safe, secure conference experience. CLEARD4’s platform will be implemented at various large-scale trade shows including the International Housewares Association’s (IHA) Inspired Home Show in Chicago and the International Council of Shopping Centers Conference in Las Vegas, where it will track proof of COVID-19 vaccination and testing results through its HIPAA-compliant platform. 

People on the Move

21c Museum Hotel Chicago, one of the newest hotels in downtown Chicago, today announced internationally renowned photographer and entrepreneur
 Nigel Barker as its new Creative Director. In his new role, Barker will develop and oversee several experience-based event programming and design initiatives for the Chicago hotel.
Barker opened his New York studio in 1996. He served 17 seasons as photographer and judge on the hit TV show, America’s Next Top Model, which airs in over 140 countries, and hosted Oxygen Network’s modeling competition series, The Face, starring alongside Naomi Campbell. Barker also created the VH1 Reality show The Shot. His latest hit show, Top Photographer, premiered to rave reviews and a second season is in the works.  

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