Fall is in full swing here in Denver, with snow in the mountains and a chill in the air. But with Thanksgiving just around the corner and the holidays quickly approaching, there's no time like the present to start planning for winter, spring - and summer! - meetings and events. And of course, there's no better place than the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. We host many meetings (both large and small) as well as special events. But don't take our word for it - check out some feedback we received from the Colorado Democratic Party and the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, who recently held high-profile events at our property.
Kudos from the Colorado Democratic Party and the Global Down Syndrome Foundation
A Nice Thank You from the Girl Scouts of Colorado
We recentely received a very nice note from Greg Movesian, EVP of Resource Development for the Girl Scouts of Colorado, folllowing their annual Thin Mint Dinner, which was held at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel on October 23:
"Last night was great! My compliments to the chef – the food was delicious and the service was wonderful! My staff was very appreciative of all the help they received from Sheraton staff following the event as well. I’m very pleased that we moved our event to the Sheraton, and thank you for guiding us through the process."
Thank YOU Greg - and the Girl Scouts of Colorado - for selecting us as your partner. We look forward to working with you again next year - and in the years to follow!
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel Ranked One of the Top Meeting Hotels in One of the Country’s Most Popular Places for Meetings and Events
Two weeks ago, meetings technology company Cvent unveiled the top 50 meeting destinations in the country – with Denver ranked #15. Now we can boast that we're one of the top 50 meeting hotels in one of the most popular places for meetings and events in the country!
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel Featured in Smart Meetings Magazine
The August 2012 issue of Smart Meetings Magazine included a six-page feature story on hotels, sustainable dining, and meetings and events in Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs – and we’re excited to report that the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel was mentioned three times in the article!
Feedback from Gamma Phi Beta and National WIC Association
We loved hosting both the National WIC Association and Gamma Phi Beta, and wanted to share some awesome feedback we received:
July Meetings and Events: Song, Surgery and Students – All in a Fortnight at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
What a busy summer it’s been at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel! We hosted a few different groups during July, including attendees at the GALA Choruses Festival (held at the nearby Colorado Convention Center), the Association of perioperative Registered Nurses 2012 Leadership Conference and Learning Forward’s 2012 Summer Conference.
Using Smartphones to Sweeten the Deal for Business Travelers
No doubt, many business travelers appreciate the convenience and ease of bypassing the front desk and checking themselves into and out of their hotel room via kiosks or mobile devices – especially after a long day of meetings and/or travel. In fact, nearly 80% of business travelers recently surveyed by software provider Smith Micro said they would use mobile check-in and check-out services over the front desk.
The Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel Featured in Colorado Meetings + Events
Check out the latest issue of Colorado Meetings + Events, which includes two mentions of the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel!
Meetings Outlook: Redefining the Meeting Experience
Much has been reported already this year about the changes happening in the meetings and conference industries, and Hotel Executive recently published a good overview of the most significant trends and opportunities they projected to see, including continued substantial growth, more opportunity in social/leisure group travel, fierce competition, increased expenses on behalf of corporations, increased meeting budgets, and more focus on technology. It will be interesting to see how the second half of the year shapes up according to plans and projections!
New Incentives for Meeting Planners
Book a meeting by Sept. 30, 2012, at any participating hotel in the United States, Canada, Caribbean or Latin America (yes, the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel is a participating hotel!) to receive a value-add concession of your choice (including bonus Starpoints, accelerated room policies or special credits) along with complimentary Coca-Cola beverages for EVERY attendee.
Sharing some glowing feedback from meeting planners: ATG Rehab and Noel Levitz
We love it when happy clients sing our praises!
How Meeting Planners Use Technology to Plan Events – and How the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel is Accommodating Their Needs
At the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, we understand the importance of staying connected. Whether you’re planning a smaller group presentation or an international broadcast with thousands of attendees, our meeting spaces are equipped with a wide array of technology services with knowledgeable technicians staffed on site to assist with your data, voice and audio visual needs.
Hosting the PBS Annual Meeting
In mid-May, PBS held their Annual Meeting at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. Bringing together employees and local PBS stations from around the country, producers and others to talk about upcoming PBS and PBS KIDS programming of all types. From breakfasts hosted by Sesame Street, inspirational keynotes and general sessions with PBS management and leadership, and programming previews to special appearances by celebrities such as Meg Ryan, Olivia Wilde, Fred Willard (PS check out his new show, Market Warriors, which premieres July 16!) and many others, the hotel was buzzing with high-caliber entertainment and informative sessions. We also love that they invited bloggers to attend the conference to learn more about the company/s upcoming broadcast and online programming, and that a heavy emphasis was placed on social media and its importance to PBS and local affiliates. Way to go PBS, keep up the great work!
Emergency Response, Spiritual Healing and Expeditionary Learning – All in a Week’s Work at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
As the largest hotel in Colorado with 133,000 square feet of flexible and versatile meeting and exhibit space along with a wide variety of room sizes and capabilities, the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel can accommodate groups ranging from 10 up to 3,000 (and more!). We’re fortunate to work with many local companies as well as groups from around the world representing a variety of industries – and interests.
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel Named One of the Nation’s Top Meeting Hotels
The Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel was named among the top 50 Meeting hotels in the United States by Cvent.
Meeting Planning Sets Savvy New Standards
An interesting article published by Hotel News Now on April 3 by Melanie Nayer offered an in-depth look at the future of meeting planning, including implications of mobile technology on the workforce (e.g. the need to appeal to a tech-savvy crowd), how to create meeting spaces that are more appealing to attendees (think mood lighting), and the latest trends in meeting location including non-traditional venues outside dark boardrooms and stuffy conference spaces (beach or rooftops, anyone?).
The Perfect Venue for Meetings and Events of Any Size
The Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel hosts many large conferences and conventions organized by companies with headquarters out of state, but we’re also an ideal venue for smaller, more intimate meetings and events held by many local corporations here in in the Denver metro area. One of these events is the Apple Awards, the biggest annual fundraiser for the Douglas County Education Foundation (DCEF).
Celebrating the Colorado Latino Community
On Saturday, March 10, the Latin American Educational Foundation (LAEF) held their annual Gala – this year themed “El Toro!” – at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. We’re honored and thrilled to once again be the location for this special annual event, and look forward to hosting many more in the future.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Holds its First-Ever North America Food and Beverage Leadership Conference “Recipe to Win” at Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel featuring celebrity restaurateurs and chefs
Starwood Hotel & Resorts hosts Recipe to Win, a first-ever food & beverage leadership conference at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, March 13-16, 2012.
The New Normal for Corporate Meetings and Events
Cost-conscious meeting planners shopping for value and price will appreciate our latest promotion that offers added incentives and perks for booking a 2012 group or business meeting at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. Bookings made by June 30, 2012 and held by Dec. 31, 2012, will receive 50 percent attrition, complimentary AM/PM breaks and complimentary Internet access in guest rooms.
Denver Ranked Among Top Convention Cities in the Nation
According to a recent Metropoll survey (the largest of its kind in the industry) of more than 2,000 corporate and associate meeting planners throughout the country, Denver ranks as the fifth best convention city in the U.S.
Paris in The West
The next time you book a meeting or event at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, point out to your guests that they are spending time in an award-winning building that received the highest honors in the architecture community. Honors bestowed upon an architect who also designed the Louvre Pyramid in Paris, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, and other famous buildings throughout the world. How’s that for a distinctive and unique meeting venue?
US Travel Campaign to Boost Awareness of Meetings
The meetings and events sector has been receiving some considerable attention lately from the highest level of government. Why? A few weeks ago, the U.S. Travel Association launched a major year-long campaign – called “Vote Travel” – to raise awareness of the travel industry’s impact on the economy and build support for travel industry policy and advocacy, among other goals. As the largest hotel in Colorado with the most meeting space, the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel is uniquely positioned to join the conversation and highlight the critical importance of meetings and conventions to the economy – which happens to be another objective of the “Vote Travel” campaign. For more details and to read our thoughts on the subject (GM Mike Ehmann’s to be specific, as he’s quoted!), check out the article below, which appeared in online news resource Hotel News Now on Feb. 9, 2012.
2012 Hospitality Outlook (Part 1) – Meeting the Needs of the Always-Connected Traveler
Hoteliers from around the globe met earlier this week in Los Angeles for the first big event of the year – the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) – and if the attendance and energy levels were any indication, folks are cautiously optimistic that 2012 will be a good and perhaps a great year for the hotel industry.
Denver Selected as No. 1 Destination for Conventions ….in the World
A panel of convention and meeting experts put together by the Toronto Globe & Mail selected Denver as the No. 1 destination in the world for conventions.