Exciting news for the city of Allentown: the Renaissance by Marriott Allentown has opened its doors and is ready for guests.

The 170-room hotel connects to the PPL Center hockey arena and overlooks Center Square. J.B. Reilly, cofounder and president of City Center Leigh Valley, owns the hotel. A fitness center, free Internet and 10 meeting rooms are just some of the amenities the hotel offers. Capacity for events ranges from nine to 433. Guests can even bring their pets.

In August, Reilly hired Scott Bullock as general manager and Mark De Intinis as director of sales and marketing.

“I think it’s a wonderful project,” says Bullock in an interview with LVB.com. “A hotel connected to an arena … and in the middle of more than a billion dollars of real estate development, that’s fun.”

Bullock has extensive experience working in award-winning hotels and four-star properties across the county. He joined Center City Lehigh Valley from his previous position as vice president of hospitality with Morgan Management in Rochester, N.Y.

De Intinis has been in the hospitality industry for 25 years. He has held sales and marketing executive roles with Marriott, Hilton Worldwide and Starwood Hotels and Resorts as well as two years as general manager of a Cambria Suites property in downtown Pittsburgh.

Close to many local attractions and easily accessible by a number of transportation means, the Renaissance Allentown is sure to be a hit. 

 Seattle is young and ever evolving, a dynamic city where newness is an integral part of the culture. And it has a long, proud history of hospitality.

In the early 1850s, Chief Seattle welcomed strangers to the banks of Puget Sound. Because of his kindness, they named their new settlement on Elliott Bay after him. “Seattle is a new city with an ancient culture,” notes Ken Workman, Chief Seattle’s great, great, great, great grandson. “It’s less than two grandmas old, as we like to say.” 

 

Many see Portland as a progressive city. No event venues are likely more in line with that world view than the two run by Ecotrust Events. Ecotrust, the events branch’s overarching nonprofit, leads a staggering number of social equity, economic opportunity, and environmental programs, from supporting Native American land rights to building intergenerational wealth for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) individuals. What does this have to do with hosting a corporate meeting? Everything.

 

Providing a gateway to live entertainment in eastern Idaho, the Mountain America Center in Idaho Falls will soon be home to concerts, comedians, rodeos, and everything in between. Construction of the center began May 2021, and it is slated to open on Nov. 28. 

“This will be a true hub for numerous headlining concerts and entertainers,” says Kelsey Salsbery, the director of marketing at Mountain America Center. “[It] will also serve as a community facility in which graduations, corporate events, conferences, and fundraisers can also be hosted.”