• Interactive Mapping

    Interactive Mapping Services for Convention Centers Coming to Texas

    Ever wander around a convention center wondering if you were going in the right direction? Or have your wished for a better way to illustrate a large venue’s capabilities to a meeting planning client? Concept3D uses 3D rendering and video, interactive map design, 3D map overlays and VR-ready virtual tour software to provide easily accessible online products for its clients — in Texas and beyond. The company was founded in 2006 and, in addition to venues, hotels, resorts and convention centers, offers custom turn-key mapping services for health care and retirement facilities, large commercial sites and retail locations. “Concept3D can be used by visitors, sales and marketing teams and for…

  • Houston Stampede Event Center
    Houston,  Texas

    Houston Stampede Event Center Offers a Total Texas Experience

    The Houston Stampede Event Center (HSEC), located on more than 30 acres just minutes from downtown Houston, provides guests with a total Texas experience. The 35,000-square-foot venue was designed and decorated to reflect the culture of the Lone Star state. “People are fascinated by Texas’ western culture,” says Rob Ferdows, HSEC president. “At Houston Stampede Event Center, with our professionally designed western décor and Texas-style entertainment and activities, the guests become immersed in the Total Texas Experience!” The event center is a full-service indoor and outdoor venue providing one-of-a-kind experiences for a variety of events including weddings, receptions, conventions, team building exercises, product launches, trade shows, client or employee appreciation…

  • Houston Event Photo Booth
    Houston,  Texas

    Houston Looks Ahead

    Following Hurricane Harvey, events took a hit. Now one local business is hopeful for a quick recovery. Steven David founded his photography business, Houston Event Photo Booth, in 1997. Over the past few years, demand for event photography at fundraisers, expositions, conferences and corporate meetings has grown. And David’s business has grown along with that increased demand—at least until Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area in August. After making landfall in south Texas on August 25, Harvey stalled for a record-setting 117 hours. Hurricane Harvey resulted in 82 fatalities, up to 61 inches of rain, historic flooding and an estimated $180 billion in property damage. Most business segments in the…

  • Hotel Alessandra
    Houston,  Texas

    New Hotel Anchors Mixed-Use Development in Houston

    The nation-wide trend of anchoring mixed-use developments with hotels is growing and evolving and this new upscale Houston hotel is no exception. The upscale Hotel Alessandra in Downtown Houston features 223-guestrooms and more than 5,000 square feet of event space. The 20-story hotel, which opened October 1, 2017, anchors the three-block-long GreenStreet mixed-use development. The Hotel Alessandra is one of The Valencia Group’s newest properties and the flagship of its new luxury brand. The 570,000-square-foot GreenStreet development encompasses office and retail space as well as dining and entertainment venues. Midway of Houston is the developer of the mixed-use facility and partnered with The Valencia Group to bring the Hotel Alessandra…

  • Motor Courts

    Motor Courts are Seeing a Revival Thanks to Valencia Group

    The golden age of motor courts has come and gone, or has it? One Texas company launches a revival with its modern version The age of the motor court began in earnest with the 1920s explosion in popularity of the automobile, particularly Henry Ford’s Model T. Between 1900 and 1930, the number of automobiles on U.S. roadways jumped from approximately 8,000 to roughly 23 million. With many of these new car owners hitting the highways, the demand for roadside lodging erupted and thus gave birth to the motor court. In the early days, many motor courts featured a collection of boxy cabins around a central landscaped courtyard. Most facilities were locally owned…

  • Dos Brisas

    Venue Spotlight: The Inn at Dos Brisas

    This historic Texas ranch turned luxury resort delivers much more than campfires and cookouts. The Inn at Dos Brisas is a 313-acre ranch nestled among the rolling hills of Washington County near the town of Brenham. The property was purchased in 2000 as a family retreat by Doug and Jennifer Bosch and has evolved into a rustic yet elegant Texas ranch resort. The Inn at Dos Brisas features five haciendas and four casitas dotting the meadows of the ranch. The haciendas offer a total of 3,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space including screened-in porches, patios and private, heated plunge pools. The casitas provide nearly 800 square feet…

  • Detroit

    Detroit Bounces Back

    With words like revival, reimaging and rebirth being tossed around by both optimistic newcomers and hardscrabble natives alike, the motor city appears to be headed in the right direction. Detroit, Michigan, was founded in 1701 by French explorer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac. This frontier city, situated along the U.S.-Canada border, eventually grew to become an industrial powerhouse of the Great Lakes region. Once the heart and soul of the American automotive industry, the population of Detroit peaked at nearly 2 million in 1950. The city was, for a time, the fourth largest in the nation and was called the “Paris of the West” because of its wide avenues and…

  • KC
    Kansas City,  Missouri

    Beyond the Border: Business + Leisure Meet in Kansas City

    The Kansas City Marriott Downtown measures success one meeting at a time. With countless LEDs illuminating the front of the building every night, the Kansas City Marriott Downtown stands as a beacon to leisure and business travelers alike in the heart of this lively Midwestern city. The hotel consists of two distinct towers, the Marriott West Tower and the Marriott East/ Muehlebach Tower, which offer a total of 971 luxury guest rooms (after an upcoming renovation) and more than 95,000 square feet of flexible event space. Guests can connect to the Kansas City Convention Center via an underground walkway and are just steps from the Power and Light District, with…

  • Paramour
    San Antonio,  Texas

    Venue with a View: Paramour

    Paramour, which opened in August 2015, was designed by owner Martin Phipps to be an oasis in the Texas sky with attention to detail and topnotch service at the heart of the concept. The 8,000-square-foot property was one of San Antonio’s first rooftop venues and provides panoramic views of the city’s skyline. The bar is located just north of downtown, atop the Phipps Office building and overlooks the River Walk at 9th Street and Arden Grove. A vaulted ceiling with exposed mechanical surfaces, such as conduit, pipes and duct work, along with distressed wood and modern décor, give the venue a contemporary industrial feel. The honey-toned onyx backlit bar and…