Here at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose, we want to make your meetings and events the best they could possibly be! With over 48,000 sq ft. of flexible meeting space, you can host anything from a small business meeting to a 3 day convention! Our Attention-to-Detail Catering Managers are here to make your lives as easy as possible. Contact us today to set up a site tour with one of our great managers! 408-453-4000
We are running out of Tickets for both New Year’s Eve at Club Max and Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops!!
If you are wanting to come to either of our New Year’s Eve events we suggest you reserve a ticket asap!
Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops has already booked many reservations, only a few seats left. This dinner is a delicious 4-Course, prix fixe meal! You do not want to miss out on this romantic meal to bring in the new year!
Club Max is the place-to-be this New Year’s! We are almost at our max for selling tickets, so call and reserve a ticket now at 408.437.2199
For those of you who have already reserved a ticket, be prepared for a amazingly memorable night! See you all there!
In an age where the personal computer has become a necessity both to individuals and companies alike, the internet has increasingly served as a convenience for knowledge-seekers who can find the answers to the universe at the “click of a SEARCH button”, and for multi-taskers who can choose, ship, and gift wrap a Christmas present without having to leave their “ergonomic” desk chair. The same is true for business travelers seeking to simplify their itinerary planning by booking their hotel rooms online.
In a “2008 Independent Travel Web Site Satisfaction Study” conducted by J.D. Power and Associates, it was discovered that the number of travelers utilizing the World Wide Web to make their reservations has increased 15% during the past year. ….travelers are finding that corporate-branded websites have better pricing and options than independent websites.
Of course Hilton was a website where travelers seeking to conveniently make online guestroom reservations, but for two years running, they have extended the same opportunity to meeting planners as well. Hilton’s e-events small group project allows individuals and meeting planners to plan family reunions, small weddings, and business conferences completely online without ever having to speak to a sales representative. “We put total control in the customer’s hand,” said Bob Brooks, Hilton’s Vice President of e-Sales. On e-events, customers are able to select their menus; book their guestroom block (up to 25 rooms); and even personalize a personal event web page where their attendees can obtain information regarding an event, view personal photographs and images related to the event, and book guestrooms in the event room-block.
A tidbit brought to you by Shawn Parker, Catering Manager
Picture this: Agroup of twentysomething men and women comfortably sprawl on vibrantly colored beanbag charis and cushy sofas, checking their PDAs, BlackBerries, and laptops as they chat with cohorts via a live feed on an oversized LCD screen. The room is bathed in warm, natural light entering through floor-to-ceiling windows. Along with the refreshing air from the open windows, just a hint of lavender permeates the room. Fresh fruit is within arm’s reach, along with small bowls of nuts and dried fruits.
No, its not a break room at Google headquarters. It’s one vision of the conference room of the future-a version that’s already being played out in conference centers across the country and one that experts expect to become increasingly common. Of course, that’s not what all meetings will look like in the future, but it is part of a trend toward ensuring that meeting spaces are flexible enought to suit the varying needs of all kinds of groups.
“The physical elements of a meeting are going to be differnet in the sense that they won’t always take place in a meeting room as we now know it,” says Mark DePiero, senior vp of global acquisitions for Dolce International, based in Montvale, NJ. “We know that we’ll still have general sessions and breakouts of a sort, but breakouts won’t be the traditional setup of eight chairs and a conference table…
Erin Peschel, CMP, director of sales and marketing for the Conference CEnter at NorthPointe, based in Lweis CEnter, OH says that Northpointe and other Sodexo confernce centers are “rolling in what we call ‘soft seating’-chairs and sofas and ottomans, even beanbag chairs-that help attendees think be comfortable and think outside the box.” While such setups can be particularly appropriate for brainstorming, strategizing, and teambuilding meeting, they’re obviously not appropriate for all meetings…
For something that’s a little more tradtional looking, but still addresses new thoughts in learning styles, “pods” are gaining favor. Rather than simply setting up rows of tables and chairs, pods are tables that set in a U kind of shape. Classroom use to be the default style, but now we’re findig a lot of groups want pods or half rounds both which give a more open and free flowing feel that encourages sharing or thoughts and ideas…
excerpts taken from Corporate Meetings and Incentives July 2008
Â What’s a wiki?Â Â It’s a web-based article that’s been written, edited, and updated by visitors.Â Think of it as the product of a mass collaboration.
Why should you know about wikis?Â They’re a fantastic way to keep up to speed on what’s going on in the meeting and events industry.Â Need a legal definition, or want to know what planners think makes a meeting green?Â Want to know what’s on planner’ minds, from corporate social responsibilty to mitigating their event’s carbon footprint? Baffled by the difference between a vlog (video log), flog (a fake blog) and a schlog (a ghostwritten blog)?Â The wiki meisters will be able to explain it all.
Meeting Professionals International has just luanched a wiki on its website (www.mpiweb.org), and it’s well worth a look.Â Posts are listed in chronological order (last post first) and are archive3d, so you can search to find the topic you want.
article taken from Insider Magazine by American Express www.americanexpress.com/meetings
Itâ€™s not every day a hotel and conference center is asked to provide lodging for cattle, but for the Hilton Garden Missoula (Montana) and Conference Center, the request was an opportunity to go above and beyond to meet guestsâ€™ needs.
On November 11, the Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) arrived in Missoula â€”with more than 700 ranchers and farmers in tow â€” for the organizationâ€™s 80th annual four-day convention. On November 12, a few more guests showed up. Eighty-plus heifers and bulls were brought in from area ranches for a special one-day showcase, and the Hilton was more than happy to accommodate them.
â€œâ€˜Special requestâ€™ usually means dietary considerations or the addition of unique menu items,â€ said HGI Sales & Marketing Manager Denise Moore. â€œThe Farm Bureauâ€™s request for space to pen and showcase cattle was certainly unique, but by no means was it out of the question. We strive to surpass our guestsâ€™ expectations and provide a seamless travel experience. If that means setting up a cattle showcase, weâ€™ll do it.â€
Twenty pens with four cattle each transformed an empty lot in front of the hotel into the desired showcase. And while being able to bring their cattle may have sealed the deal, it was the conference center that drew the crowd. â€œWe toured numerous properties across the state,â€ said Diana Alkire, MFBF executive secretary and chief financial officer. â€œWe were really excited about the Hilton Garden Inn. Itâ€™s an awesome facility with enough space for all of us. Weâ€™ve outgrown many other conference centers in Montana.â€ The Missoula Conference Center is made up of the 13,200-square-foot Grant Creek Ballroom, seating 1,100 guests banquet-style and 1,600 theater-style; the 1,340-square-foot Bitterroot River Room; the 675-square-foot Board Room; and additional creative meeting and event space, such as a 3,150-square-foot courtyard and a 6,400-square-foot rotunda. High-tech capabilities are found throughout each of the meeting spaces.
The Farm Bureau took full advantage of the space for many seminars, lectures, dinners and a marketplace with nearly 40 vendors.
The air is turning cold and the days are getting shorter…that can only mean one thing…the winter holiday season will soon be upon us.
I’m sure many of you are looking to end the year on a joyful note by holding a company holiday celebration. However, with the hustle and bustle of personal and business obligations at this time of year we all know it can be rough squeezing in time to plan that one extra event. That is why our Catering/Events department has come to the rescue with 3 delicious dinner packages to make your planning simple. Each package includes professional service, dazzling decor, and exquisite food.
- Â Under the Mistletoe – plated function
- Winter Wonderland – grand buffet
- Winter Wonderland – grand buffet
Â If you are interested in more details or would like to book your holiday event at Doubletree Hotel San Jose please call our sales office at 408.437.2806.