• City of Pasadena to Enhance Guest Experiences with Hotel Expansions

    POSTED December 14, 2017

With a multi-million-dollar renovation, Pasadena’s growing reputation as a hospitality leader for domestic and international event will feature more guest rooms, larger meeting spaces and new hotels!

Pasadena is quickly transforming into a year-round destination of choice during the holidays, and for business and meetings. “This is an exciting time for our community,” said Michael Ross, Chief Executive Officer of the Pasadena Center Operating Company. “With more rooms, new meeting spaces and renovated hotels, Pasadena can accommodate a variety of conferences, conventions and entertainment options.”

Among all the changes, Sheraton Pasadena will undergo a $20 million renovation of guest rooms, lobby, and meeting spaces. Hilton Pasadena’s $25 million upgrade will include guest rooms, lobby, bar and meeting spaces. A recently completed $11 million guest room beautification at Westin Pasadena, construction of a rooftop pool, meeting space, fitness center and 30 new rooms at DusitD2 Hotel Constance Pasadena are just a few to name!

“The visitor economy in Pasadena is expanding,” Ross said. “And, it is generating new business as well as sales, jobs, income and tax revenues for the community.” A 2017 study done by Tourism Economics, found that tourism in Pasadena generation $120.4 million in tax revenues in 2016, including $66.6 million in state and local revenues.

Viewed on a global scale by 16.6 million people in over 200 countries, Pasadena was proud to host the overall finish of the 2017 Amgen Tour of California. Other events during the year included the 48th NAACP Image Awards, Minnesota Public Radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion”, 22 tapings of “America’s Got Talent," and the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

“I am extremely proud of our staff and our committed board of directors. They continue to maintain and operate a world-class facility and provide excellent service to retain and grow our business,” PCOC Chairman Gene Gregg, Jr. said.

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) has selected the Monarch Beach Resort in Orange County, California, as a recipient of the 2018 “Chairman Award” for the Hotel of the Year.

The award, given to an ALHI member hotel or resort, celebrates outstanding leadership and loyalty to performance in the preceding year. The award also celebrates a property’s teamwork with ALHI’s Global Sales Team to benefit the meetings and events industry.


Food trucks may be mobile, but they aren’t going anywhere, since their popularity only seems to grow with each season. A New Jersey hotel is getting in on the fun! Along with over 18,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space, Embassy Suites by Hilton in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, offers the Grain & Cane “Gastro Truck” as a fun option for a mid-meeting break or post-event dining option.


The family-focused, Wisconsin-based Great Wolf Lodge opened its first resort in Wisconsin Dells in 1997. Over the next two decades, it slowly expanded with more properties around the Midwest, moving into the Northeast, South, West and Canada. And this summer, the greater Chicago area will get its first resort from the brand.