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United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce names Fernand Fernandez interim CEO and President

The Board of Directors of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has named Fernand “Fern” Fernandez interim CEO and President. Mr. Fernandez, former Vice President Global Marketing for American Airlines, was supported unanimously for this interim position.

“I’m humbled by this opportunity and look forward to working with the talented staff, partners and chambers who tirelessly foster Hispanic development,” said Mr. Fernandez. “The USHCC is moving ahead and intends to be stronger than ever, while building trust among our constituents. As an organization we will be inclusive, transparent, and have zero tolerance for sexual misconduct or financial impropriety. The USHCC board and staff is committed to strengthening our partnership with local chambers and our members, and help unite the communities that we serve.”

The USHCC Board of Directors has also established a Governance Committee that together will work with Mr. Fernandez to conduct a national search for a new, permanent CEO and President. “Our goal is to have a transparent and methodical process to ensure that the new CEO and President is representative of the countless Hispanic owned businesses and local chambers that the USHCC represents,” said Mr. Fernandez.

“The USHCC appreciates the overwhelming support we have received from our members and sponsors during this transition,” said Don Salazar, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “We recognize the importance of moving expeditiously to safeguard the credibility and integrity of our organization.”

The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce serves more than 4.4 million Hispanic businesses and is the voice of the Hispanic business community.

Source: USHCOC

Disney Chairman Bob Chapek announced plans for new attractions around the world

Celebrated stories are coming to life – from a new Marvel-themed attraction set for Disneyland Paris, to Star Wars and Pixar encounters around the world

Today at D23 Expo Japan 2018, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek shared exciting new details about the many ambitious projects underway around the world, from reimagined favorites to entirely new ways that guests can encounter Super Heroes, Jedi, classic characters and life-long Pixar pals.

Building on the tremendous excitement from D23 Expo in Anaheim last July, Chapek welcomed more than 2000 fans to learn more about some of the most anticipated projects in development for guests all over the world. D23 Expo Japan guests were the first to hear that the Marvel Super Hero Universe will come to Disneyland Paris. Guests were also treated to a sneak peek at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World Resort and Shanghai Disney Resort, and more.

“We are hard at work creating even more ways to experience Disney magic at our parks and resorts around the world,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “And with our incredible library of beloved stories and characters, we know exciting adventures and magical memories are in store for all our guests.”

Larger Than Life Super Heroes
Following the news that Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is preparing to incorporate popular stories and characters into Disneyland Paris, Chapek shared that the Marvel Super Hero universe will come to Walt Disney Studios Park, and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster will be totally reimagined as a high-speed, hyper-kinetic adventure where guests will team up with Iron Man and their favorite Avengers.

Fans also got a peek into one of the rooms that will open at Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel in 2020. And for those guests who just can’t wait to encounter Marvel at Disneyland Paris, starting this June, Marvel Summer of Super Heroes will bring guests face-to-face with Captain America, Spider-Man, Star-Lord and Black Widow.

Super Heroes have already descended on Hong Kong Disneyland with Iron Man Experience, the most popular attraction at the resort, and more is soon to come with an entire Marvel-themed area underway. Today, Chapek shared new details about the second new Marvel attraction set for Hong Kong Disneyland, where guests will be invited to team up with Ant-Man and The Wasp to fight Arnim Zola and his army of Hydra swarm bots in a thrilling new adventure.

Buzz is also building around Star-Lord and his fellow Guardians of the Galaxy coming to Epcot, where the real becomes fantastic and the fantastic becomes real. This one-of-a-kind family attraction will feature a brand-new, innovative ride system – and will be one of the longest enclosed roller coasters in the world!

Star Wars Comes to Life
After a groundbreaking Star Wars-themed hotel concept was announced last year, fans have been eager to hear more. It will combine a luxury resort with complete immersion into an authentic Star Wars story at Walt Disney World Resort. From the moment guests arrive, their journey through space will begin as everyone boards a starship and departs together for a multi-day Star Wars adventure. Today, Chapek announced it will be seamlessly connected to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Chapek also shared details on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge as it comes to life at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Fans caught a glimpse of the Millennium Falcon and an impressive fleet of life-size X-wing star fighters, which are being created for the opening of these jaw-dropping new lands. Imagineers are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible as they prepare to place fans in the middle of the action where they can live their own Star Wars stories next year.
Twenty Years of Pixar
For 20 years, Pixar has entertained guests at Disney parks all over the world – from the introduction of It’s Tough to be a Bug! and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin at Walt Disney World in 1998, to Cars Land at Disney California Adventure in 2012 – Pixar’s iconic storytelling has been a long-time favorite.

This year will surely be the “Year of Pixar” at Disney parks, with Toy Story Land opening at Shanghai Disney Resort in April, and at Walt Disney World Resort this summer. Today, fans were thrilled to learn the highly-anticipated Pixar Pier will open at Disney California Adventure on June 23, including the Incredicoaster and a future attraction themed to Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out.” Fans also learned that a new Incredibles float will join Paint the Night this June. The popular parade returns to the Disneyland Resort – this time to Disney California Adventure – when Pixar Fest launches on April 13.

Just in time for the 20th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, fans also learned that a new, family-friendly show will debut April 22, featuring Russell and Dug from Disney•Pixar’s “Up,” as they discover species of birds from around the world.

Celebrating Classic Disney Stories
Soon, fans will be able to celebrate the mouse that started it all when Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway opens in 2019 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The first-ever ride-through attraction themed to Mickey Mouse will feature a new original story and lovable theme song as it takes guests on a journey inside the wacky and unpredictable world of Disney Channel’s Emmy Award-winning “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts using new technologies that transform the two-dimensional cartoon world into an incredible multi-dimensional experience.

Even More Disney Magic Coming to Japan
Chapek shared that starting next year, Adventures by Disney will take guests to the beautiful and storied country of Japan. Guests are also excited about the new experiences coming to Tokyo Disney Resort as part of the biggest expansion since the opening of Tokyo DisneySea. The first-ever attraction inspired by “Big Hero 6” is coming to Tomorrowland at Tokyo Disneyland, where guests will ride around with Baymax. There will also be an entirely new area in Fantasyland themed to “Beauty and the Beast,” with an attraction set to the award-winning music guests know and love. The Fantasyland expansion will also include the first full-scale, live entertainment theatre at Tokyo Disneyland, and Toontown will see a new design studio where guests can meet the one-and-only Minnie Mouse. At Tokyo DisneySea, guests will soon be able to experience a version of Soarin’, one of the most popular attractions across all Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

With so much underway, Disney Parks all over the world continue to elevate the guest experience with one-of-a-kind attractions, lands, entertainment and lodging. For more information, please visit http://aboutdisneyparks.com.

SOURCE: WALT DISNEY

CES 2018: New Technology to Take Your Event to Another Level

CES is the world’s largest technology show, if not the largest trade show across the globe. More than 180,000 industry professionals visited last year’s CES in Las Vegas for the annual unveiling of all the latest tech products, from voice-controlled smart homes to transparent trucks. They toss around fancy words like “futurism” and “pioneering thinkers” to describe world-changing innovations. Did we mention the Sony robot dog?

 

While the show always impresses the average consumer, there is incredible new technology that can change the landscape of how you exhibit at your next show or how you engage your audience at your next event.

Here Are A Few Things To Look Out For:

LG 90-Foot OLED Canyon

Massive screens arranged in concave and convex configurations? Yes, please! New commercial display technology creates eye-popping immersive installations, allowing attendees to walk through the experience of waterfalls, blizzards and more, complete with state-of-the-art audio accompaniment.

 

Square-Shaped Light Panels

Enhance your space with touch-controlled square panels

Nanoleaf is announcing its touch-sensitive surface, which you adjust by simply tapping or sliding your finger across the surface. Not only does it create a beautiful backdrop, the panels work with voice and motion sensors to create an immersive sight and sound explosion for your attendees.

 

Virtual And Augmented Reality (VR & AR) Hardware & Software

These technologies remain cutting-edge even in the consumer space, as the tech is so new that it has yet to find any real foothold in the workplace. However, falling costs and increased processing and graphics muscle built into new headsets may well make this area more compelling in the future.

 

Sony 4K OLED TV

The Mother of all projections screens has arrived. If you are a fan of your own living room projection experience, then Sony has you covered with its new 4K projector.

 

Dell Experience

Dell, CES® 2018 Innovation Award recipient, transformed Yardbird restaurant at the Venetian into a product demo showcase that allowed attendees to take a peek at their latest technologies, test their skills at some incredible games and enter a whole new dimension through amazing VR demos. Guests were also invited to step into Dell Cinema via an augmented reality experience.

 

Bell Air Taxis

Talk about future tech, the Bell Air Taxi is debuting at CES this year, showcasing the evolvement of robotic flights.

 

Source: GES

Visit Baltimore Hires Industry Executive as New Chief Operating Officer

Visit Baltimore, the official sales and marketing organization for Baltimore, today announced that destination marketing veteran Charles Jeffers II has joined the organization as chief operating officer.

Jeffers brings more than 20 years of hospitality and destination marketing experience industry to Baltimore, having most recently served as an industry advisor to destination marketing organizations and associations throughout the United States as principal of his own consulting firm The Jeffers Group. Through his previous roles as COO and SVP of Operations at Destinations International and the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, respectively, Jeffers possesses a wealth of leadership experience in all aspects of operations, technology, membership, strategic planning, and budget management.

While with the Atlanta CVB, Jeffers led dynamic projects helping to transform the city into an international destination through efforts surrounding the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games inclusive of implementing international exhibits at the city’s welcome center. Understanding the importance of a honed organizational mission, Jeffers led the development of a new strategic “innovation” plan during his tenure with Destinations International while also providing leadership through its CEO transition.

“Visit Baltimore is thrilled to welcome a well-known and respected member of our industry to the team,” said President and CEO Al Hutchinson. “We are confident in his proven ability to steer the operational side of a destination marketing organization, while innovating and creating tailored solutions specific to Baltimore. Charles will be a driving force as we look to expand our international presence, Visitor Center event capabilities, Certified Tourism Ambassador program, and membership growth.”

As COO of Visit Baltimore, Jeffers will lead and manage the Operations and Finance Departments, where he will oversee the operation of the administrative, information technology, research, human resources, accounting, finance and hospitality functions of Visit Baltimore. Jeffers will direct the company’s financial planning, treasury, accounting practices and internal control systems; as well as its relationships with lending institutions, stakeholders and the financial community. He will also be responsible for overseeing the annual Visit Baltimore and City budgets as a major tool of financial and performance management, and for the monthly preparation and analysis of financial reports.

“My new role with Visit Baltimore presents an exciting opportunity to put my personal and professionals passion to work for a bureau and community positioned for growth,’ said Jeffers. “I am honored to join this passionate team in their pursuit to positively impact Baltimore through economic growth generated from the city’s strong tourism portfolio.”

In his career, Jeffers has served on more than nine industry boards including the Meetings Mean Business Coalition, National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners and Destination Marketing Accreditation Program to name a few. He was named one of the ‘Most Influential African Americans in the Meetings/Tourism Industry’ by Black Meetings & Tourism magazine from 2012-2016 consecutively. Jeffers is also a strong civic steward, lending his talents to numerous organizations such as the Meetings Industry Fund, Theater of the Stars, Alpha Pi Alpha Fraternity, the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and more.

Jeffers earned a Masters of Public Administration from Georgia State University, and a Bachelor of Science in psychology and criminal justice from the American International College.

About Visit Baltimore
Visit Baltimore is the official sales and marketing organization for Baltimore that generates economic benefits for stakeholders through the attraction of convention, group and leisure visitors. For more information, please visit www.baltimore.org.

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Visit Plano announces new Sales Manager and Convention Services Coordinator

Visit Plano has promoted two staff members to the positions of SMERF & Government Sales Manager and Convention Services Coordinator.

Visit Plano’s former Convention Services Coordinator Blaire Zahn has been named SMERF (social, military, educational, religious, and fraternal) & Government Sales Manager, and intern Liz Navarette has been promoted to the position of Convention Services Coordinator.

In her new role, Zahn will be responsible for booking SMERF and government conventions, meetings, events and securing hotel room nights in Plano.

Prior to joining Visit Plano in December 2016, Zahn was Tourism Director at the Mineral Wells Convention & Visitors Bureau. She brings a diverse background and numerous talents to Plano. Her extensive experience in the tourism industry also includes positions with The Fairmont Dallas, Banana Azul Hotel, the Carolina Renaissance Festival, Visit Southlake and Sustainable Travel International. Zahn holds a Master of Science in International Sustainable Tourism and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hospitality Management, both from the University of North Texas.

Navarette will manage all logistics, arrangements, and services for Visit Plano clients once they have been booked in Plano by the Visit Plano sales team. She will also assist meeting planners in coordinating events in each of Visit Plano’s targeted market segments including corporate, association, government, sports, and SMERF (social, military, educational, religious, and fraternal).

Navarette received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and minored in Kinesiology at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She played on their women’s soccer team for four years and graduated from the Redwine Honors Program. Before interning with Visit Plano, she also completed an administrative and marketing internship with Midwestern’s Athletic Department.

Kimpton Aertson Hotel offers special meeting package

Kimpton Aertson Hotel features more than 8,600 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meetings and events space on its 8th and 17th floors. Music City provides a spectacular backdrop to the spaces on both floors with unobstructed views and F&B menus overseen by James Beard Award-winning chef RJ Cooper, creating an unforgettable experience. All spaces are bright with windows and views of downtown Nashville and direct access to an exclusive outdoor terrace.

Special package:
· Save up to 30% when you only need 6 to 25 rooms, based on availability
· Outdoor rooftop pool, seating area, fire pit and cabanas all located on the 8th floor (where most of the meeting space is located)
· Kimpton-style extras to perk-up your stay

o Hosted wine hour every evening with the GM
o Yoga mats in every room
o Pet-friendly – NO FEES for pets
· Central to famed Nashville live music and other attractions
o Located in Nashville’s Midtown neighborhood, just blocks from Music Row and within walking distance of bars and restaurants
· Complimentary WiFi on all devices

The Roosevelt New Orleans, announces New Executive Chef Jose Martinez

The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, announced Chef Jose Martinez as the new executive chef. In his new role, Martinez is responsible for the creation and execution of menus throughout the entire hotel, including in-room dining and banquets, as well as the training and management of the hotel’s entire culinary staff.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Martinez fostered his love for food through his family’s restaurant in the heart of Luquillo, Puerto Rico, where they served tourists from all over the world. Coming from a culture with a rich history of serving rice and beans as a base for meals and incorporating seafood from surrounding bodies of water, Martinez will fit right into New Orleans, bringing even more flare to the Crescent City’s culinary scene.

In 2002, Martinez enrolled in the Caribbean Culinary Institute in Puerto Rico where he fully immersed himself in the art of cooking. Martinez is a firm believer in using the freshest local ingredients to produce the best results, mastering his skills on an island influenced by the colorful flavors of the Caribbean. At the age of 21, Martinez sought to expand his knowledge in the kitchen, making the move to the contiguous U.S. where he studied at the Florida Culinary Institute.

With a diverse background, Martinez will apply his extensive knowledge and creativity to continue the hotel’s excellent culinary reputation

“I always say, enjoy the moment you are at the table because nothing comes close to that feeling of being surrounded by great food, friends and family. The Roosevelt New Orleans is now my table,” said Martinez. “I am honored to play such a large role as executive chef, carrying on the tradition of sophisticated and luxurious dining for the whole hotel.”

Chef Martinez’s career began when his family opened up the Crab House in Puerto Rico where he continually filled the 75-seat restaurant with guests eager to try the family’s cuisine. Following his desire to expand his culinary skills, he attended the Florida Culinary Institute. Chef Martinez gained experience at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. In 2013, he started his career with the Waldorf Astoria brand at the Arizona Biltmore luxury resort as executive banquet chef and worked his way up, eventually earning the title of executive sous chef. In 2015, he move to Colorado Springs and gained new experience at The Broadmoor before he returned to the Waldorf Astoria brand here in the Crescent City. Chef Martinez is now catering to New Orleans luxury at The Roosevelt New Orleans as the executive chef.

“We are thrilled to welcome Chef Martinez to our kitchen,” said Resident Manager Sebastian Stutz. “The Roosevelt New Orleans has a century-long tradition of culinary excellence all centered on the guest experience. We know Chef Martinez’s culinary creativity and love for executing artful dishes for our guests will keep the hotel at its best.”

The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, is one of America’s most luxurious and revered properties in one of the world’s greatest cities. This iconic hotel offers 504 rooms, including 125 suites, along with ballrooms and meeting space for every event from elaborate galas to private groups, weddings and more. Built in 1893 and boasting its signature block-long golden lobby with dozens of sparkling chandeliers, The Roosevelt has created its own history with the renowned Blue Room, Sazerac Bar, Waldorf Astoria Spa, fitness center, Rooftop Bar, Teddy’s Café, Fountain Lounge, Emporium Gift Shop and its true Waldorf world-class service. Located steps from the history and excitement of the French Quarter, The Roosevelt New Orleans is the crown jewel of New Orleans luxury.

INTRODUCING CAMP NAVARRO, A HERITAGE EVENT SPACE NESTLED IN THE REDWOODS OF MENDOCINO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

Discover Northern California’s Premier ‘Back to Nature’ Event Facility, a Private 200-acre Property Available for Retreats, Weddings, Festivals, Camps and Creative Events

Under a canopy of centuries old trees, discover a secret hideaway that evokes an idyllic summer camp. Camp Navarro (which operates year round) offers gourmet cuisine, a staff that caters to your every need, and a selection of accommodations—including Teepee Tents, Cabins and Adirondacks, and Campsites—allowing you to be as rustic as you choose while communing with nature in its purest form.

Situated in the lush wine country of Northern California’s Anderson Valley, Camp Navarro comprises over 200 acres of old growth forest nestled along the north fork of the Navarro River. A private camp for more than 100 years, in 2013 it was reborn as a nature retreat and unique event destination. Today, Camp Navarro welcomes groups to enjoy the great outdoors in an unspoiled setting that is not too far removed from civilization and less than a three hour drive from San Francisco.

Owner Dan Braun, an adventure travel guru with more than thirty years of experience in environmental hospitality, explains why he bought the camp, “I was deeply influenced by my fifteen years at a summer camp near Yosemite. Camp Navarro is the dream—a legacy campsite that is blessed with an extraordinary setting in an ancient forest on a river. Guests tell me that sleeping in this expansive yet intimate piece of nature has transformed them forever.”

The campground, which was previously owned by the Boy Scouts, among others, has been upgraded to offer the most complete group camp experience. Everything radiates out from a 10,000 square foot Main Lodge (with a restaurant-quality kitchen that can provide up to 500 dinners at a time). Recent additions to the lodge include a new old growth redwood floor, new bathrooms with hand carved wood sinks, reclaimed redwood railings, a professional sound system and enhanced lighting inside and out. Most immediately noticeable are the new main door to the Lodge and a new massive stairwell, both hand carved by renowned eco-artist Tonu Shane. Other spots for holding events in the camp include an amphitheater and natural gathering places in the redwoods, riverfront meadows and oak-studded grasslands. There is power, Wifi, and event infrastructure throughout the property. Their skilled personnel, including onsite Property Manager Skip Bell, ensure everything runs to perfection.

More than 350 people can sleep in beds, and there are several charming lodging options to pick from, including upscale Teepees and East Coast-style Adirondack cabins that are open to the woods on one side—some of which have been recently converted to four season cabins. Or, fall asleep listening to the river or creek in one of the property’s traditional cabins. Event attendees can also camp on their own within the confines of this redwood Shangri-la, bringing the capacity of the camp up to 1,500 people for larger festivals and events.

Guests will enjoy the woods in comfort, as all beds have upscale memory-foam mattresses and many now have innovative and cozy Rumpl bedding. Meticulous and plentiful restrooms optimize the experience, including 10 new outdoor showers built from repurposed redwood from the property.

On the culinary front, the food is a delightful surprise. Camp Navarro’s Executive Chef and Chef de Cuisine are both veterans of Michelin-starred restaurants. The chefs have fresh produce to work with, supplied by the camp’s new ¼ acre farm that yields vegetables, herbs and flowers. Their 1,800 square foot professional kitchen and catering operation now boasts a large portable BBQ and a convection oven, and outdoors, guest will find a Mugnaini wood-fired pizza oven. When visitors are not picnicking by the river, dining in the Great Hall of the main lodge or barbecuing at their campsite or at one of the many attractive spots around camp, they can drop by the Trading Post Café for a light meal, snack, or cup of artisanal coffee.

No camp would be complete without activities, and Camp Navarro embraces this notion to the fullest. Bonfires, arts and crafts, tug-of-war, volleyball and swimming holes are the expected, but Camp Navarro takes outdoor adventure to the next level. On offer is everything from archery on their private range to yoga and mediation sessions in the most peaceful, earth-connected setting possible, as well as spirit pole carving, outdoor movie screenings, foraging hikes and much more. The Camp Navarro team custom designs the perfect experience for each group, whether the goal is team building or just having a rollicking time. Self-guided hikes through the deep forest, along creeks, and through meadows and grassland are one of the many perks of this magnificent property.

“We have welcomed everything from corporate retreats for the likes of Google and LinkedIn to family-friendly music festivals such as Camp Deep End and Redwood Ramble, and we are the original home of Camp Grounded, the tech free Summer camp that started the Digital Detox movement,” continues Braun. “We also host specialty camps and smaller gatherings, and our weddings are particularly distinctive, given the magical setting and our staff’s attention to detail.”

Minutes from winetasting and close to all that Mendocino County has to offer, including charming boutiques and restaurants, breathtaking beaches and stunning coastline, Camp Navarro’s guests experience California the way it used to be, while their staff’s sensitive stewardship of the land ensures that Camp Navarro will provide that same authentic experience to generations to come.

The rate for a buyout of Camp Navarro differs based upon the time of year. During the low season (December – April), rates run from $5,000 to $20,000+. During the high season (May – November), rates run from $15,000 to $75,000+.

Along the scenic Highway 128 in the heart of Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley Wine Country, the property is a two and a half hour drive from San Francisco and SFO, a three and a half hour drive from Sacramento and SMF airport, and a one and a half hour drive from Santa Rosa and STS airport. There is ample parking for buses, large groups, and trucks, with easy access on and off the highway.

DoubleTree by Hilton Opens in Times Square West

DoubleTree by Hilton, announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New York Times Square West, located in the heart of bustling Manhattan.
The newly-built high-rise hotel is just steps from the Broadway theater district, The Jacob Javits Convention Center, dozens of shops and restaurants, the Empire State Building and many other New York attractions. The 37-story property features 612 modern rooms, each with Theater District-inspired artwork and many offering stunning views of the city or the Hudson River.

“Times Square is the heartbeat of New York City, offering travelers a convenient respite between their business meetings and a thrilling destination to enjoy the theater district, shopping and diverse cuisine options,” said Dianna Vaughan, senior vice president and global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. “We’re delighted to now open this amazing Times Square location, welcoming guests with our signature, warm DoubleTree Cookie and delivering award-winning service throughout their stay.”

Breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline are on the menu at Lovage Rooftop & Indoor Lounge, which offers unique cocktails, light fare and nightly live music until 2 a.m. Delectable dining – for breakfast, lunch and dinner – is available at Magnolia Restaurant, an American Bistro with menu items curated by Executive Chef Brian Pancir, a longtime chef for the New York Yankees and New York Giants. A rarity for a Manhattan hotel, outdoor seating is also available on the patio in front of and behind the hotel.

Beginning with the brand’s warm DoubleTree Cookie welcome, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New York Times Square West provides guests with stylish décor and thoughtful amenities to make them feel at home. Each guest room features DoubleTree Sweet Dreams® Sleep Experience beds, a work desk with WiFi access and an adjustable desk chair, coffeemaker and a large window that opens. Guests may also order room service; or pick up snacks, sandwiches, salads, beer and wine in the convenient onsite 24-hour Made Market Pantry.

Business meetings and events accommodating up to 75 guests may be held in the hotel’s 1,000 square feet of meeting and banquet facilities. A state-of-the-art sound system and A/V equipment are also available, as is a fully-equipped 24-hour business center.

The hotel also provides a full complement of services and DoubleTree by Hilton brand amenities, including an assortment of gourmet in-room tea and coffee offerings by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, and a refreshing array of the Crabtree & Evelyn natural skin and body care line.

“This beautiful new hotel blends the finest, modern features with the caring service and thoughtful touches that will make their stay in New York great,” said Richard Hotter, general manager, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New York Times Square West. “Our entire staff is excited to welcome our guests with the simple acts of kindness DoubleTree by Hilton is known for worldwide.”

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New York Times Square West is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels save time and money and gain instant access to the benefits they care about most, such as an exclusive member discount, free Wi-Fi and a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay. Members can also redeem their Points for free nights, to gain access to unique events through the Hilton Honors auction platform.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New York Times Square West is located at 350 West 40th Street, New York, New York 10018.
For more information, or to make a reservation, travelers may visit www.newyorktimessquarewest.doubletreebyhilton.com or call 845 732 6466. The property is owned by McSam Hotel Group and managed by Crescent Hotel & Resorts.

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