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Monterey Investing in Meeting Properties

MONTEREY, California – A city that already boasts views of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Lucia Mountains will soon appear even more attractive to meeting planners with a slew of renovations scheduled for meeting venues across the county. The Monterey Conference Center will be the largest project with a $60 million renovation.

The center will reopen in 2017 with LEED certification, 40,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and a capacity of 3,200 people. Groups have already begun to book events in the new space.

“The renovation of the Monterey Conference Center will be the catalyst for the revitalization of the city of Monterey and the economic engine that will fuel the revenues necessary to continue to improve the quality of our community as well as the services and facilities that make Monterey a wonderful place to live, work and play,” said Doug Phillips, general manager of the center.

Recently, many of the surrounding county’s hotels have revealed extensive renovations, including Bernardus Lodge and Spa, Casa Munras Garden Hotel and Spa, The Hideaway, Hotel Carmel, Monterey Marriott, Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa, and Monterey Tides. Even more hotels in the area have announced property facelifts in the works, such as Colton Inn, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hyatt Carmel Highlands, Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa, and Monterey Peninsula Inn.

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