MAR 2017

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M A R C H 2 0 1 7 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 39 Sponsored Content Annual CVB Issue! hat do you get when you combine Southern hospitality, new destination developments, a dream team of planning experts, complimentary services and an incentive program? You get the quintessential destination... ideal for meeting planners and their groups. Discover a little more about Bryan College Station, lovingly nicknamed by locals as "Aggieland." New Developments Bryan College Station's new developments and expansion projects are breathing new life into an already wonderful destination. Sister properties, The George and Calvary Court are an excellent option for planners of larger groups, as the two beautiful properties can be utilized together as one meetings space package. The George Neighboring Calvary Court will be The George, which is expected to open in early 2017. This sister property of Calvary Court is a full service, upscale boutique hotel with over 10,000 square feet of meeting space including banquet halls and conference rooms, and 162 luxurious rooms. The new developments and renovations will add to the authentic, refined and local experience of the region. Calvary Court This full service, upscale boutique hotel has over 3,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, including an indoor ballroom and boardroom, and 141 rooms that blend the timeless aesthetic of the retro-military style from the 50's and 60's with touches of modern amenities. Located in the heart of Century Square across from Texas A&M University, it is poised to offer the best in preferred retail, restaurant and entertainment. The Stella Hotel, a brand new development that is part of the Research Valley Biocorridor, has plans to open early in 2017. The Stella will have 177 rooms and suites, 10,000 square feet of ballroom and conference space, a resort-style pool area with featured bar, an outdoor event lawn area and a restaurant/ bar with alfresco dining. The destination's full service property, Hilton College Station, is a 303-room property that will complete renovations in 2017, adding to the forward-thinking mentality of the area. Planning Experts Think of the Convention and Visitors Bureau as a meeting planner's personal team of event planning specialists. They are industry experts with a thorough knowledge about the destination and established relationships within the community. They are a friendly and responsive team of professionals who understand how arduous the meeting planning process can be. When you work with the CVB staff at Bryan College Station, you get a firsthand account of how service should be done and how individuals should be treated. Destination Marketing Association International, the association for CVBs, said it best… "We are the visitor and meeting professional's trusted partner—the heart, soul and energy of our destinations. We drive economic success and enhance the quality of life in our communities." Unbeatable Service The number one priority of Bryan College Station's CVB is serving the meeting planner. From facilitating group hotel rates and handling PR and event promotions, to special event planning, the CVB ensures that no stone is left unturned and that no planner is left with the burdens that can accompany the planning process. Bonus! The CVB's services are free for anyone planning an event in Bryan College Station. HOT Incentives Now more than ever, planners and organizers are looking to get the most out of their meetings and events, and Bryan College Station has a HOT incentive to help. Planners booking events for 250 room nights or more are able to apply for funds from Bryan College Station through the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) Grant Program. There's no limit to the amount of funding that can be requested and planners can allocate the money to help cover costs such as promotion and advertising, meeting space fees and other avenues to help event growth! Bryan College Station Is A Game Changer Bryan College Station has reinvigorated its destination offerings with brand new hotel developments, exciting renovations and new facilities that attendees will love. With new world-class, state-of-the-art hotels and facilities and a wide range of things to see and explore, you can give your attendees a game-changing meeting. n Bryan College Station: A Meeting Planner's Quintessential Destination W See Ad On Page 67 Sophie Curtis, Destination Sales Executive As a Destination Sales Executive, my role is to bring conferences and meetings to the area. I can truly say that educating my clients on what is so great about BCS comes from my heart! I take a lot of pride in what I do and do my best every day for my clients. Bryan College Station CVB (979) 260-9898 or (800) 777-8292

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