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Meetings and Events Updates for Areas Affected by Hurricane Irene

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August 29  |  meeting and event industry news, wttc our cities  |   Andrew Maxwell

For meetings and events occurring on the eastern seaboard the worst seems to be over for most parts affected by hurricane Irene. Right now the system is a tropical depression situated over Québec and moving northeast. As we have seen from the news footage most of the damage seems to have occurred from the large amounts of rainfall as a result of the hurricane. New York City, for the first time, issued a mandatory evacuation order in the lead up to the storm. As always there are those voices saying that the news agencies overreacted. However most of our readers would agree that it’s better to err on the side of caution – especially with hurricanes. Does the word Katrina need anything?

For those of you that have meetings or conventions scheduled on the East Coast then I’m sure you’re busy just trying to get to those meetings (if there even occurring at all). All three major airports around New York City were closed but are now slowly getting back to normal. Boston, Philadelphia and Washington DC, like New York City, are all slowly working through their backlog of flights.

Where to Find Updates If You Are Meeting’s Been Affected by Hurricane Irene


Here at WTTC.com we’ve been keeping our eye on the situation as it’s been unfolding in the areas represented on our website (Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC). For up-to-date information you can refer to Huffington Post’s hurricane Irene page. Each cities convention and visitors Bureau (CVB) websites are great ways to find up-to-date information. If you have a meeting or need to travel to Boston you can check out their updates here. New York City’s official visitor site did an excellent job at keeping their information up to date throughout the storm. A look at Philadelphia’s site indicates that business is pretty much normal there. Washington DC’s site is still providing weather related updates and cancellations. Pretty good considering that DC was still recovering from the earthquake a few days earlier. Our hats go off to the tourism officials as they have done an outstanding job throughout this trying week.

So don’t despair as life is slowly getting back to normal on the East Coast. Many people are still without power (CMP is reporting that 275,000 customers had lost power on Sunday) as work crews are working around-the-clock to get customer’s power back. It seems the tricky part remaining is to get air traffic moving at a normal pace. So if you’re one of those persons stuck in an airport waiting for a flight to get to your destination hold tight as with each passing hour more and more flights are heading to affected areas.

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Washington DC: Washington Hilton Offers Group Value Dates Now To December 31st

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October 11  |  Uncategorized  |   Andrew Maxwell

Washington Hilton | WTTC

The Washington Hilton is offering Group Value Dates ranging from 10-30% off the standard season group rates for multiple rooms booked for a group or event. The hotel recently underwent a $140 million restoration, which includes a new dedicated meeting center named in honor of the hotel’s location within the historic Washington Heights area of the city.

Specifically designed to provide a distraction-free learning environment, The Heights Executive Meeting Center is located away from noisy convention space and high-traffic guest areas. Even the meeting rooms have a wide range of features that extend beyond the traditional hotel setting. Hard-top tables and ergonomic chairs have replaced banquet chairs and tables with tackable walls, mounted boards, recessed electronic projection screens and blackout shades completing the setting.

Book your group and stay between now and December 31, 2010 to earn extra group incentives.  Call the hotel sales office at (202) 328-2080 for more information.

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WTTC Vendor Spotlight – Skewers, DC

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September 26  |  wttc vendor spotlight  |   Andrew Maxwell

Skewers, DC | WTTC Vendor

Located in the heart of Dupont Circle, Skewers, has been a Washington DC fixture for over 20 years.

The restaurant is known for serving delicious Middle Eastern cuisine in an upscale dining atmosphere. And, has a well-earned reputation as the perfect place to host an event.

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Roxanne Rukowicz Has A Thoughtful Word For Would-Be Planners

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August 16  |  meeting and event planning resources  |   Andrew Maxwell

Bad Meeting Turn Around | WTTC Blog

Washington, D.C. event planner Roxanne Rukowicz of Behind the Scenes Events has written an article on what to consider before booking an event in the latest issue of Be Inkandescent. Aimed at entrepreneurs, it includes a six point list focused on admin, audience and ROI — something we in the biz already know plenty about.

Roxanne counsels would-be planners to think before they act.

Hosting an event of any kind for event planning’s sake is simply not a practical idea,” she says. “The cost to produce such functions is more than you might imagine and, in this economy, the sponsorship dollars are not as strong as they used to be. Couple that with a decrease in overall attendance and an increase in pressure to show ROI from your constituents, and you can tell why organizations are taking a step back and re-evaluating how their time and dollars will be invested.”

Roxanne was profiled by The Meeting Planner’s Best Resource in March 2010.

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