|By PR Newswire||
|December 5, 2012 03:51 PM EST||
Properties Invest More Than $250 Million In Renovations In Advance Of January 21, 2013
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With construction of the viewing stage going up in front of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the White House far from the only residence preparing to wow visitors during the 2013 Inaugural festivities. Hotels in the nation's capital are debuting refreshed event spaces, chic décor, themed amenities and exciting in-house restaurants. Inauguration is big business for Washington, DC's hospitality community. In 2009, when a record 1.8 million people witnessed the inauguration of President Obama on the National Mall, DC hotel rooms generated more than $100 million in revenue. Visitors are again invited witness American history by booking a room in Washington, DC, January 18-22, 2013.
"Since the 2009 inauguration we've seen upwards of $250 million invested in refreshing hotels in Washington, DC," said Elliott L. Ferguson, president and CEO of Destination DC. "Visitors coming for the Inauguration, whether for their first or fifteenth time, will discover a city rich in unique cultural experiences, fine dining and nightlife options, and of course accommodations to suit their needs. DC hotels have availability for the Inauguration."
Grand dame properties experienced in rolling out the red carpet take pains to enhance the once-in-a-lifetime experience of inauguration attendees. The Willard InterContinental Washington (1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; http://washington.intercontinental.com/) known as "the residence of presidents" is a popular place for power brokers. In 1860, President Lincoln held his inaugural lunch at the Willard. One hundred and fifty-three years later, guest amenities will include a silver Tiffany & Co. American flag pins and Chicago-style popcorn in Willard tins.
A significant addition to the landscape since the 2009 Inauguration, W Washington D.C. will welcome visitors excited to experience its fresh swagger and unique location: the 317-room hotel overlooks the U.S. Treasury and White House. Previously the Hotel Washington, the refurbished and reflagged property has hosted VIPs including Lady Gaga, Al Pacino and Taylor Swift since its opening in fall 2009.
Inaugural amenities offered at the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. in 2013 are set include two first class domestic airline tickets; creating the official Inaugural flavor in Georgetown Cupcake's lab; a parade-watching party at the Newseum; a presidential scent butler; twice-daily commemorative gifts delivered to the room (embroidered pillowcases, Inauguration Day "survival kits" packed with hand warmers).
Mandarin Oriental Washington, D.C. winks at power players with a dedicated "P.O.T.U.S." ("Presiding Over The Ultimate Suite") package. It includes four nights in the largest hotel suite in the District, all 3,500-square feet of it.
More than a dozen properties are expected to be refreshed in time to welcome visitors for the presidential inauguration in January, 2013:
Avenue Suites completed nine months of renovations, including its facade, lobby and patio and rebranded from the Washington Suites.
Renovated guest rooms and newly added turret suites at the Beacon Hotel & Corporate Quarters add to the independent property that suits business and family travelers.
Capital Hilton spent two years completing its $30 million in renovations, including a new spa, lobby and the Statler Lounge, its lobby bar.
Less than a mile from the White House, the Comfort Inn Downtown DC/Convention Center boasts an enviable central location, gratis breakfast bar, a small gym, on-sight laundry and in-room refrigerators for guests who prefer to self-cater.
The Courtyard by Marriott Embassy Row has refreshed its public and private spaces. The lobby features private banquets ideal for small meetings as well as a work station furnished with Apple computers. Guest rooms are spacious and decorated with charming nods to local history.
The DoubleTree by Hilton Washington, working with architects Core Group PC, finished a design of its lobby, lounge and entrance.
Embassy Suites D.C. Convention Center is in the midst of a 384-room update, as well as changes to its lobby and reception area.
The Fairmont Washington D.C. invested $2.6 million in its function space including its meeting room and ballroom.
The city's only five-star, five-diamond hotel, The Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC invested $1 million to expand and update Seasons Restaurant, a noted power breakfast spot, this year.
The Hamilton Crowne Plaza Washington, DC was refreshed in the spring-summer of 2012 and shows off its Art Deco form to great advantage.
The transformation of the rooftop deck into an enclosed private events space atop the historic Hay-Adams Hotel was so extensive that the hotel essentially added a ninth floor and a dedicated elevator. The "Top of the Hay" boasts unprecedented views of Lafayette Park, the White House and Washington Monument beyond to the Potomac River.
Several rooms and suites at the J.W. Marriott Washington, DC overlook the inaugural parade route, but the property's unique inaugural package: a block of 300 guest rooms, a dedicated food and drink budget of $800,000, and heated tents on the terrace to keep revelers warm as they celebrate Jan. 18-22, 2013. In 2009, a charitable organization purchased a similar plan hosting underprivileged Americans. The cost was $2.7 million.
The largest family of boutique hotels in Washington, DC, Kimpton Hotels has nine properties in the District and three more in Old Town Alexandria. New to their flag in 2013 will be Donovan House, formerly a Thompson Hotel property on the 14th Street corridor. Kimpton's Topaz Hotel and Hotel Rouge properties both were subject to renovations in 2012. The 82-room Hotel Madera is up for grabs, Jan. 18-22, 2013, for $320,000 inclusive of amenities like a cocktail party at Firefly, the ground floor restaurant. Across the river in Old Town, Alexandria, Kimpton's jewel box of an inn, the Morrison House is also offering itself up as a unique space for a buy-out. Named one of the "Top 50 Hotels in the World" by readers of Travel + Leisure, the property can host up to 90 guests in 45 rooms for $200,000 (Jan. 18-22, 2013). Amenities include breakfast, lunch and dinner daily at The Grille, and car service for the group throughout the stay.
The Liaison Capitol Hill, an Affinia Hotel invested $6 million in updating its guest rooms.
The Madison has completed a $22 million revamp of its entire property, including its guest rooms and adjacent restaurant, The Federalist. The hotel will celebrate its 50th birthday throughout 2013.
In September, the Mayflower Renaissance Washington, D.C. Hotel revealed one of the results of a major refurbishment: the reopening of the Promenade Ballroom, once Café Promenade, and the site of presidential affairs including Calvin Coolidge's inaugural ball.
The Park Hyatt Washington completed an overhaul of the property's lower level in 2011. The 10,000 square-foot Gallery offers flexible ballroom and meeting space, and as of 2012, a catering menu courtesy of the hotel's award-winning American kitchen, Blue Duck Tavern.
The Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel finished up a $27 million renovation of its 804 guest rooms in late October.
The Washington Hilton, whose $150 million redo wrapped up before this year, added a coffee shop – the first Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in the city – this spring.
About Destination DC
Destination DC, the lead destination marketing organization for the nation's capital, is a private, non-profit membership organization of more than 800 businesses committed to marketing the area as a premier global convention, tourism and special events destination with a special emphasis on the arts, cultural and historic communities. www.washington.org .
SOURCE Destination DC
A critical component of any IoT project is what to do with all the data being generated. This data needs to be captured, processed, structured, and stored in a way to facilitate different kinds of queries. Traditional data warehouse and analytical systems are mature technologies that can be used to handle certain kinds of queries, but they are not always well suited to many problems, particularly when there is a need for real-time insights.
Jul. 27, 2016 04:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,846
Big Data, cloud, analytics, contextual information, wearable tech, sensors, mobility, and WebRTC: together, these advances have created a perfect storm of technologies that are disrupting and transforming classic communications models and ecosystems. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Erik Perotti, Senior Manager of New Ventures on Plantronics’ Innovation team, provided an overview of this technological shift, including associated business and consumer communications impacts, and opportunities it ...
Jul. 27, 2016 04:30 PM EDT Reads: 157
You think you know what’s in your data. But do you? Most organizations are now aware of the business intelligence represented by their data. Data science stands to take this to a level you never thought of – literally. The techniques of data science, when used with the capabilities of Big Data technologies, can make connections you had not yet imagined, helping you discover new insights and ask new questions of your data. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sarbjit Sarkaria, data science team lead ...
Jul. 27, 2016 04:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,100
Is your aging software platform suffering from technical debt while the market changes and demands new solutions at a faster clip? It’s a bold move, but you might consider walking away from your core platform and starting fresh. ReadyTalk did exactly that. In his General Session at 19th Cloud Expo, Michael Chambliss, Head of Engineering at ReadyTalk, will discuss why and how ReadyTalk diverted from healthy revenue and over a decade of audio conferencing product development to start an innovati...
Jul. 27, 2016 04:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,048
Extracting business value from Internet of Things (IoT) data doesn’t happen overnight. There are several requirements that must be satisfied, including IoT device enablement, data analysis, real-time detection of complex events and automated orchestration of actions. Unfortunately, too many companies fall short in achieving their business goals by implementing incomplete solutions or not focusing on tangible use cases. In his general session at @ThingsExpo, Dave McCarthy, Director of Products...
Jul. 27, 2016 04:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,733
WebRTC is bringing significant change to the communications landscape that will bridge the worlds of web and telephony, making the Internet the new standard for communications. Cloud9 took the road less traveled and used WebRTC to create a downloadable enterprise-grade communications platform that is changing the communication dynamic in the financial sector. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Leo Papadopoulos, CTO of Cloud9, discussed the importance of WebRTC and how it enables companies to focus...
Jul. 27, 2016 03:30 PM EDT Reads: 961
SYS-CON Events announced today that 910Telecom will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Housed in the classic Denver Gas & Electric Building, 910 15th St., 910Telecom is a carrier-neutral telecom hotel located in the heart of Denver. Adjacent to CenturyLink, AT&T, and Denver Main, 910Telecom offers connectivity to all major carriers, Internet service providers, Internet backbones and ...
Jul. 27, 2016 11:00 AM EDT Reads: 706
SYS-CON Events announced today that LeaseWeb USA, a cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider, will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. LeaseWeb is one of the world's largest hosting brands. The company helps customers define, develop and deploy IT infrastructure tailored to their exact business needs, by combining various kinds cloud solutions.
Jul. 27, 2016 10:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,224
Manufacturers are embracing the Industrial Internet the same way consumers are leveraging Fitbits – to improve overall health and wellness. Both can provide consistent measurement, visibility, and suggest performance improvements customized to help reach goals. Fitbit users can view real-time data and make adjustments to increase their activity. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mark Bernardo Professional Services Leader, Americas, at GE Digital, discussed how leveraging the Industrial Internet a...
Jul. 27, 2016 09:45 AM EDT Reads: 459
The cloud market growth today is largely in public clouds. While there is a lot of spend in IT departments in virtualization, these aren’t yet translating into a true “cloud” experience within the enterprise. What is stopping the growth of the “private cloud” market? In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Nara Rajagopalan, CEO of Accelerite, explored the challenges in deploying, managing, and getting adoption for a private cloud within an enterprise. What are the key differences between wh...
Jul. 27, 2016 09:30 AM EDT Reads: 2,075
SYS-CON Events announced today that Venafi, the Immune System for the Internet™ and the leading provider of Next Generation Trust Protection, will exhibit at @DevOpsSummit at 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Venafi is the Immune System for the Internet™ that protects the foundation of all cybersecurity – cryptographic keys and digital certificates – so they can’t be misused by bad guys in attacks...
Jul. 27, 2016 09:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,367
The best-practices for building IoT applications with Go Code that attendees can use to build their own IoT applications. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Indraneel Mitra, Senior Solutions Architect & Technology Evangelist at Cognizant, provided valuable information and resources for both novice and experienced developers on how to get started with IoT and Golang in a day. He also provided information on how to use Intel Arduino Kit, Go Robotics API and AWS IoT stack to build an application tha...
Jul. 27, 2016 09:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,165
Amazon has gradually rolled out parts of its IoT offerings in the last year, but these are just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to optimizing their back-end AWS offerings, Amazon is laying the ground work to be a major force in IoT – especially in the connected home and office. Amazon is extending its reach by building on its dominant Cloud IoT platform, its Dash Button strategy, recently announced Replenishment Services, the Echo/Alexa voice recognition control platform, the 6-7 strategic...
Jul. 27, 2016 09:00 AM EDT Reads: 468
For basic one-to-one voice or video calling solutions, WebRTC has proven to be a very powerful technology. Although WebRTC’s core functionality is to provide secure, real-time p2p media streaming, leveraging native platform features and server-side components brings up new communication capabilities for web and native mobile applications, allowing for advanced multi-user use cases such as video broadcasting, conferencing, and media recording.
Jul. 27, 2016 08:45 AM EDT Reads: 944
IoT generates lots of temporal data. But how do you unlock its value? You need to discover patterns that are repeatable in vast quantities of data, understand their meaning, and implement scalable monitoring across multiple data streams in order to monetize the discoveries and insights. Motif discovery and deep learning platforms are emerging to visualize sensor data, to search for patterns and to build application that can monitor real time streams efficiently. In his session at @ThingsExpo, ...
Jul. 27, 2016 08:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,076
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) and Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) have entered into a definitive agreement under which Verizon will acquire Yahoo's operating business for approximately $4.83 billion in cash, subject to customary closing adjustments. Yahoo informs, connects and entertains a global audience of more than 1 billion monthly active users** -- including 600 million monthly active mobile users*** through its search, communications and digital content products. Yahoo also co...
Jul. 27, 2016 08:00 AM EDT Reads: 607
There will be new vendors providing applications, middleware, and connected devices to support the thriving IoT ecosystem. This essentially means that electronic device manufacturers will also be in the software business. Many will be new to building embedded software or robust software. This creates an increased importance on software quality, particularly within the Industrial Internet of Things where business-critical applications are becoming dependent on products controlled by software. Qua...
Jul. 27, 2016 06:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,494
In addition to all the benefits, IoT is also bringing new kind of customer experience challenges - cars that unlock themselves, thermostats turning houses into saunas and baby video monitors broadcasting over the internet. This list can only increase because while IoT services should be intuitive and simple to use, the delivery ecosystem is a myriad of potential problems as IoT explodes complexity. So finding a performance issue is like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack.
Jul. 27, 2016 04:45 AM EDT Reads: 2,294
Machine Learning helps make complex systems more efficient. By applying advanced Machine Learning techniques such as Cognitive Fingerprinting, wind project operators can utilize these tools to learn from collected data, detect regular patterns, and optimize their own operations. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Stuart Gillen, Director of Business Development at SparkCognition, discussed how research has demonstrated the value of Machine Learning in delivering next generation analytics to imp...
Jul. 27, 2016 04:30 AM EDT Reads: 2,517
Large scale deployments present unique planning challenges, system commissioning hurdles between IT and OT and demand careful system hand-off orchestration. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jeff Smith, Senior Director and a founding member of Incenergy, will discuss some of the key tactics to ensure delivery success based on his experience of the last two years deploying Industrial IoT systems across four continents.
Jul. 27, 2016 04:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,576