Monthly Archives: December 2018

Mokara Hotel & Spa Unveils Renovations, New Meetings Spaces with Local Flair

Mokara Hotel & Spa’s newly renovated lobby and meetings spaces take inspiration from the luxury hotel’s rich history, celebrating it through new modern designs. Formerly the L. Frank Saddlery Building, the spirit of Mokara’s previous life can now be seen through a modern lens with fresh interiors and commissioned artwork.

The use of indigenous materials throughout, like leather sofas and cowhide throw pillows, along with custom touches like metal cap details on the restaurant banquettes, pay homage to the hotel’s 19th-century roots, with an elevated sense of luxury. New Axminster carpets feature sienna colors found in red clay and gold to mimic sunsets and creams that represent the limestone walls on the River Walk, tying the hotel to its natural surroundings. The small details, down to the rope, saddle and stirrup used in the custom carpets, bring the hotel’s former life into modern times.

Mokara is also pleased to announce the opening of the Tejas Boardroom, a new, 222 square-foot space for meetings inspired by the Spanish history of San Antonio. The room features rich, tall-back Spanish-inspired carved leather chairs gathered around a state-of-the-art conference table with power sources and connection to a new large screen television.

“All elements of the renovation connect the guest to the history of the L. Frank Saddlery building and surrounding landscape, transporting them back in time to when the Saddlery was running,” said Laura McKoy, creative director + vice president of interior design for Omni Hotels & Resorts.

Led by Sypult Rogers Studio, the interior design now showcases custom pieces, including new Axminster carpets, antiques and objects, many of which are native to Texas. Particularly unique and on display in the new ballroom is a custom-commissioned metal 3D sculpture of an open framed saddle, further strengthening the rich ties to the property.

“We hope that these freshened rooms and inviting spaces inspire every person who walks through our doors to reflect on the rich history found within our walls,” said Rusty Wallace, area managing director and general manager for the hotel.

Mokara Hotel & Spa is a luxury hotel situated on the iconic San Antonio River Walk. To book a reservation, call (210) 396-5800 or visit https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/san-antonio-mokara.

Economic progress, social prosperity goals of PCMA’s first Leadership Summit

Civic and corporate leaders from four continents will gather January 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for a unique two-day discourse on how business events can create diversified and sustainable opportunities for economic and social prosperity.

The Jan. 6 and 7, 2019 program was created by Chicago-based PCMA to bring together a core international group of association CEOs, corporate leaders and municipal leaders. Participants include representatives from McDonald’s Corp.; Caesars Entertainment; Melbourne Convention Bureau; Columbus, Ohio Mayor Andrew Ginther and International Association of Public Transport.

“PCMA is a platform for the business events industry and we wanted to create a session where different civic and corporate stakeholders can freely discuss the role of business events in every community and how business events can drive global economic and social transformation”, said Sherrif Karamat, PCMA president and CEO. “The business events industry accounted for $1.03 trillion in 2017 direct spending. If the sector was a country, it would be part of the G20 international forum.”

The Leadership Summit on Jan. 6, 2019 will focus on accelerating success for those organizing and hosting business events by gaining critical knowledge in transformational leadership during disruptive times. Speakers include innovator Peter Sheahan of the Karrikins Group, thought leader and global voice for education Heather McGowan and MyGrowthFund CEO Vusi Thembekwayo. See the program at conveningleaders.org/go/cl19-summit-forum/.

The Forum on Economic and Social Progress on Jan. 7, 2019 will include the expanded participation of influential community stakeholders from economic development, mayors and civic officials to discuss the importance of business events to economic planning, industrial strategy and sector development. Forum sessions include “The fourth industrial revolution”; “How the world and the role of cities are changing”; “Leveraging the power of communities for real progress” and “Driving social and economic progress through business events”.

The Leadership Summit and Forum will precede Convening Leaders, PCMA’s signature annual event, which takes place from Jan. 6-9, 2019 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. The “Disrupt & Deliver” themed event brings education sessions and networking opportunities to thousands of professionals in the business events industry. Convening Leaders speakers include tennis legend Billie Jean King, marketing guru Seth Godin, diversity expert Anka Wittenberg, millennial entrepreneur Nadya Okamoto and television personality Karamo Brown.

Visit conveningleaders.org for more information, including 2019 PCMA Convening Leaders registration.