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The Baltimore Buzz [Meetings Edition] - Spring 2014

May 2014

See What All the Buzz Is About!

As a valued customer of Visit Baltimore, you will now receive this Baltimore Buzz: Meetings Edition newsletter on a quarterly basis to inform you about all the new and exciting things happening in and around the city. The Buzz provides the latest and greatest insight into our city from the insiders themselves – everything from hotel and venue updates, to information about deals and discounts, to special events and much more. Please contact the Convention Sales team to plan the perfect Baltimore meeting.

Have you seen the new Baltimore.org?

Visit Baltimore has reinvented itself on the web and has a new and exciting logo! The Visit Baltimore team unveiled the logo – designed by Baltimore’s TBC, Inc. – and the refreshed and sophisticated baltimore.org. The new, visually inspiring site features some of the latest website technology, including a responsive design, parallax scrolling, improved social sharing functionality and more. The simplified navigation makes it easy for visitors to find and enjoy engaging and informative content and video, and the site is both mobile and tablet-friendly. Make sure to visit baltimore.org, and look out for a 360-degree virtual tour of the Baltimore Convention Center feature, to come later this month.

Meet in Baltimore During One of Many ‘Hot Dates’ and Enjoy a Feast on Us

If you’re interested in booking a conference, small meeting or other event in Baltimore, don’t hesitate! If you’re among the first 10 planners to book a 2014 meeting with more than 3,000 total room nights, we’ll treat you to a complimentary crab feast – a one-of-a-kind Baltimore tradition – for up to 200 people (or value up to $10,000). Consider the following ‘hot dates’ to bring your group to our wonderful city, and make sure to inquire about special hotel offers and promotions available throughout the city:

  • July 6 through 13
  • July 21 through August 5
  • September 24 through October 1
  • October 10 though 17
  • December 1 through 14

BUSINESS BUZZ

New Construction at University of Maryland BioPark

The University of Maryland BioPark, a multi-acre laboratory and office environment located on the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus, is pre-leasing its third commercial lab and office building, a 200,000-square-foot space located on West Baltimore Street. Another building on West Baltimore Street, the Maryland Proton Treatment Center – a 110,000-square-foot proton therapy cancer treatment center – is under construction and scheduled to start treating patients in 2015.
 

Healthcare Startups Moving to Downtown Baltimore

It was just announced that the early-stage healthcare startup, Advanced Metrics, which specializes in healthcare software development and data expertise, is moving into the UMB BioPark from its offices at the University. Another health care software company, Eyemaginations, Inc., based in Towson, is moving from its location in the Baltimore suburb to a space in the Union Box Co. building in Fell’s Point. The company cites wanting to be closer to emerging technology in the city and the promotion of better workflow as the reasons for its move.
 

New Routes at BWI Airport

Southwest, Spirit and Alaska Airlines are expanding their service to and from Baltimore Washington Thurgood-Marshall International Airport (BWI). Southwest Airlines, the largest airline carrier at BWI, will begin offering non-stop flights between Baltimore and Dallas in October. The schedules and fares for the new Dallas flights will be announced in May. Spirit Airlines plans to offer a new route between Baltimore and St. Paul/Minneapolis beginning May 1, and a seasonal service of daily, non-stop flights between Baltimore and Chicago this spring, from May 22 through November 1. Alaska Airlines will begin offering daily flights between Baltimore and Seattle on Sept. 2 as part of a broader expansion of destination options from its West Coast hub, the airline recently announced. The new route is the first Alaska Airlines will operate out of BWI.
 

Hotel Renovations and Re-Openings

The historic Lord Baltimore Hotel, located just three short blocks from the Inner Harbor, now features a collection of new guest rooms and suites designed to incorporate a modern, private club aesthetic. A grand re-opening celebration for the newly restored, art deco-inspired venue is scheduled for April. The Brookshire Suites at Inner Harbor Hotel has also completely reinvented itself with a $3 million makeover. The 97-suite property revamped its club level, meeting and exercise rooms, lobby and front desk and added a lounge. The hotel, renovated as an “urban playground,” now features modern, artsy elements, like Frank Zappa-themed guest rooms and graffiti murals above the front desk created by a local artist.

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