When meeting planners start getting together for fam trips, it’s a sign that things are beginning to get back to normal. That’s what happened in late July when about a dozen planners from across the country—Atlanta, Boston, Seattle, Southern California, New York, Chicago and Nashville—gathered in Boise to check out what the city has to offer. The answer, in a nutshell: quite a lot. By the end of the three-day visit, several planners were already committed to hosting events in the Boise area. We’ll have a lot more to say about the city in an upcoming issue. For now, here’s a look at some meeting planners hard at work on the Main Payette River.

For more info visit Plan Your Meeting in Boise.

Washington’s Vancouver Waterfront development project will be getting a big boost this summer with the opening of two long-awaited hotels. The 138-room Hotel Indigo is scheduled to open in late June or early July while the 150-room AC Hotel by Marriott is looking to make its debut on June 15 at the Port of Vancouver’s adjacent Terminal 1. A 10-story condominium building, Residences at Kirkland Tower, is planning an October opening and will be attached to Hotel Indigo.

 

Sheraton Dallas Hotel has introduced a new outdoor event space under its new event programming, Dare to Outdoors. The hotel’s catering team has partnered with Pacific Plaza Park, a 3.7-acre green space in Downtown Dallas. The park features a 31,950 square-foot lawn space and permanent seating, as well as night-sky friendly lights for star-watchers. Three food truck power outlets are available and standard outlets are located throughout the park.

 

If you’re planning a meeting in Idaho, you’ll want to be sure and have a beer break on the itinerary. The state is the top barley producer in the United States and the second-top producer of hops.