Exciting Changes in Wisconsin's Meeting & Convention Landscape
Posted on: 7/17/2014
Madison (June 15, 2014) - Million dollar expansions, sparkling new meeting facilities are changing the landscape of meeting facilities in Wisconsin. Here is a list of many of the exciting additions and enhancements.
Impressive new offerings on Milwaukee’s flourishing hotel scene are adding to the range of choices available to convention groups. Opening in fall 2014, the new $150 million, 381-room Potawatomi Bingo Casino Hotel, with more than 10,500 square feet of meeting space, will add to the existing 40,000 square feet of combined Expo Center and ballroom space. The legendary Pfister Hotel recently completed extensive renovations to its 176 “tower” rooms, and planners find more options at unique downtown properties opened last year like the Brewhouse Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn and Milwaukee Marriot Downtown.
The Osthoff Resort, a AAA Four-Diamond property on the shores of Elkhart Lake in eastern Wisconsin, is planning a significant expansion of its conference facilities. The addition to the north wing of the resort will add 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space plus an additional 10,000 square feet of pre-function and back-of-house prep space, and accommodate over 800 for dinner and 1,400 in theater-style seating, with flexibility to divide the space into two or three smaller configurations.
Hotel Marshfield recently completed a $10 million dollar renovation and is an independent boutique hotel managed by IDM Hotel Group. The hotel has 6,000 feet of flexible meeting space and a unique courtyard, featuring a gas fire pit and water fountains over the pool in the style of the Bellagio fountain show from Las Vegas. The hotel is also green certified and pet friendly.
Experience Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield's 2014 multi-million dollar renovation with enhancements to guestrooms and meeting spaces in the Milwaukee/Brookfield area.
Holiday Inn Manitowoc recently completed a property-wide renovation of all public areas, guest rooms and meeting facilities. Having undergone a multi-million dollar remodeling, the hotel is not only a local showcase, but is poised to be in the forefront of convention properties from around the entire state. With 204 guest rooms and 20,000 square feet of function space, Holiday Inn operates as the local area’s only full-service property, providing meeting and banquet facilities, a full service restaurant and lounge, as well as overnight accommodations. Meeting and banquet rooms were redesigned to allow more flexible use of group facilities. The hotel’s amply meeting space continues to be a significant draw for association and fraternal gatherings, as well as corporate events.
Growth in La Crosse is right around the corner with two projects in the pipeline. Construction has started on the 71 room Charmant Hotel. This property will be developed in downtown La Crosse, right next to Riverside Park. The property will be a rehab of the 116-year-old Funke Candy Factory. The name Charmant is French for charming and it also refers to one of the premium lines of chocolates once sold by Funke Candy. This luxury boutique hotel is slated to open in the second quarter of 2015. In July 2014, construction will start for a 126 room Hampton Inn & Suites in downtown La Crosse. This property will be at the north entrance to downtown and will be the second Hampton property in the market.
A spacious hotel in the heart of downtown Eau Claire will undergo a total redesign, providing guests with new warmth when experiencing downtown Eau Claire. The property will have the ability to accommodate groups of up to 350 in two ballrooms that will feature state of the art Audio Visual, soundproof air walls, as well as the capability to customize setups for individual group needs. The renovation of 107 sleeping rooms includes the addition of suites and options for long-term stay as well as a coffee shop and restaurant focused on locally sourced products. Another Eau Claire property will feature 32 newly remodeled and designed rooms. After completion the design will focus on Eau Claire’s vibrant music and arts scenes. From the paint on the walls to the chairs in the lobby this newly renovated property will reflect the region’s natural beauty. The location of these venues in downtown Eau Claire allows them to uniquely complement each in which the smaller of the two can provide convenient overflow accommodations for large groups or even separate distinct parties during conventions. Both hotel projects are expected to be completed in early 2015.
Ho-Chunk Nation Gaming Nekoosa, will continue to offer gambling, but plans a multimillion-dollar expansion to include a 74-room hotel, sports bar, and a 9,000 sq. ft. banquet center which will be able to accommodate entertainment, banquets, and trade shows.
Lots of renovations and expansions are occurring in Wisconsin’s capital city. The Edgewater Hotel is set to complete a $100 million renovation and expansion in August of 2014). The Monona Terrace Convention Center renovation includes a new interactive Frank Lloyd Wright museum. * Renovations are occurring at Madison Concourse Hotel, Hampton Inn East renovation, Radisson Hotel and Suites and Best Western Inntowner a ($7 million renovation to guest rooms and public spaces), New Holland Pavilions being constructed at Alliant Energy Center (290,000 sq. feet expansion) and a new brewery is open, Wisconsin Brewing CO. The Sheraton Madison guest room renovation is slated to begin in Oct 2014.
A $23 million, 70,200 foot addition to the KI Convention Center is underway in Green Bay, enabling the city to attract and host larger conventions from across the country. The project is expected to be completed and open fall of 2015. The expanded center will include a 24,500 square foot ballroom, three additional meeting rooms of 5,330 square feet. The expansion will provide 30,700 square feet of new meeting space bringing the center up to near 80,000 square feet. The convention center expansion includes a beautiful plaza for relaxing and outdoor receptions. The headquarter hotel, Hyatt on Main anchors one side of the center and the Clarion Hotel will be connected to the opposite side of the facility. The center will boast sprawling views of the Fox River and downtown Green Bay.
For more information on Wisconsin’s meeting and convention facilities and to book your next meeting in our great state, visit www.meetinwisconsin.com.