Boston - A Successful Meetings Destination

Downtown Boston is mushrooming with new development. There will be new public parks and the Institute of Contemporary Art, which will open this winter with a theater stage measuring 2,400 sf, accommodating up to 400 for receptions. A planned $1.8-billion mixed-use development on Fan Pier (a pedestrian-friendly area, spanning 21 acres along the downtown waterfront) will include two office buildings, and a five-star hotel with residences and luxury condos.

Essential Tool Box
Convention Facilities:
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC), 516,000 sf of dedicated exhibit space, 85 meeting rooms, largest holds 4,376 theater-style. John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, 175,000 sf of dedicated exhibit space, 42 meetings room, largest holds 4,000 theater-style.
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Average Daily Costs*:
Hotel $296.93 F&B $81.56 Car Rental $103.47
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*Business Travel News 2006 Corporate Travel Index

The Big News
In June, the long-awaited 793-room Westin Boston Waterfront convention headquarters hotel debuted. Connected to the new 2.1-million-sf Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC), it features 32,000 sf of its own meeting space, including a 15,000-sf grand ballroom, interactive check-in pods, a 130-seat restaurant, an 80-seat lobby lounge, and will be adding 100,000 sf of retail and restaurant space and an additional 330 guest rooms. Natural light pours into the lobby, and the decor throughout the hotel features fossil stone flooring and walnut and mahogany wood paneling.
* The 1851 Charles Street Jail is being transformed into a 300-room luxury Liberty Hotel, which will open next Jun. It will feature the Jail Bar, two restaurants, and 6,000 sf of meeting space.
* The Boston Marriott Copley Place completed a $9-million renovation to its 23,431-sf grand ballroom and exhibition hall last spring that included new digital lighting systems and sound systems, Wi-Fi, and fiber optic cabling.

Groups Should Consider
Groups should consider these recommendations from the Successful Meetings Home Team experts. Top choices include the 294-room Charles, the 426-room Seaport, the 551-room Omni Parker, the 400-room Royal Sonesta, the 1,216-room Boston Sheraton, and the 385-room Hilton Back Bay.

Contributors to this section include Home Team members Maureen Beck, Fiona Hendricks, Peter Huggins, Daniel W. Krueger, and Kelly W. Rush. Contact them at [email protected]

Readers Recommend
Our subscribers gave Pinnacle Awards to the following:
Greater Boston CVB
Langham Hotel
Seaport Hotel
Babson Executive Conference Center
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First-Class Travel
Travel luxuriously on a bus? That was my initial thought when I heard of LimoLiner, a three-year-old luxury bus line that transports travelers between New York City and Boston. Nevertheless, I could not have experienced a better, more convenient, and more comfortable ride to Beantown-each of the 28 oversized leather seats offers free business services like Wi-Fi, power ports, and clear cell phone reception, as well as reclining capability, cup holders, headphones, and video and audio entertainment. Impressive features also include meeting tables in the rear of the vehicle that can be partitioned off for privacy for groups, and a travel attendant who provides professional personal attention to each traveler and serves exceptional complimentary meals, beverages, and snacks. The meeting points for departure are centrally located in each city (Boston: The Hilton near The Prudential Center; NYC: The Hilton in midtown), and fares are $79 each way. Offering a hassle-free, affordable, yet civilized commute-what more could you ask for?