City of the Week—Anaheim

Plans for a major international travel event, new hotel openings and final approval on a 200,000 square foot expansion of the Anaheim Convention Center are among the latest things happening in the Southern California city that could have an impact on trade show managers’ business.

Major Events

• The U.S. Travel Association’s International Pow Wow trade show will be held in Anaheim in 2019, for the second time in the show’s history. The Pow Wow last took place in Anaheim in 2007. By 2019, Anaheim will be the hub of the ultra-modern Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, a state-of-the-art transportation facility and landmark that will feature additional retail stores and dining options.

Hotel Moves

• Holiday Inn Express-Anaheim Maingate Hotel is now the Hotel Indigo, following a $5-million renovation to the four-story, 104-room retro-style hotel. The Anaheim hotel is the Hotel Indigo brand’s fourth property in California.

Five new hotel developments are underway in the Anaheim Resort District:

• Two SpringHill Suites properties are currently being constructed, one with 172 rooms and the second with 120 rooms. Both SpringHill Suites hotels will open this summer. 

• The Hyatt Place Anaheim Resort is set to open this summer with 178 rooms

• The Hyatt House Anaheim Resort is set to open in early 2015 with 262 rooms.

• A new Homewood Suites by Hilton-Anaheim Convention Center/Disneyland Main Gate hotel is expected to open in late 2015, with 215 rooms.

Venue Moves

• The Anaheim Convention Center has begun a solar panel development project that will cover 300,000 square feet above Exhibit Halls A, B and C. This $5.7-million solar panel project should be completed by this summer.

• A long-planned 200,000 sq. ft. expansion of the convention center will be brought to the Anaheim City Council for a final vote in early March with the design process beginning shortly afterwards.

In the City

• The Honda Center, home rink of the Anaheim Ducks hockey team, opened its Grand Terrace late last year. The project, a 15,000 square foot indoor and outdoor meeting space, is the largest single upgrade in Honda Center’s 20-year history.

Transit Tips

• In January 2011, the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) project was allocated $29.2 million to fund construction. Today, ARTIC continues to move forward after breaking ground in September 2012. Once completed the project will move people seamlessly between transit services to reach Southern California activity centers and business districts. The ARTIC project will be a centralized location for seamless transit connections of multiple systems. ARTIC will connect to existing Metrolink, Amtrak and Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) bus services, and will enable connectivity to emerging transit services including: Anaheim Rapid Connection (ARC), California High-Speed Rail and California-Nevada Super Speed Train. .

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Posted by Michael Hart

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