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Eataly Is Coming To Boston!

Posted by Claire Dollander on Jun 25, 2015 1:26:00 PM

Eataly is coming to Boston and will be located next to the Hynes Convention Center and within walking distance of convention hotels in the Back Bay neighborhood to delight your attendees!

Eataly is an entire Italian marketplace, a retail and restaurant hybrid that features fresh produce, grocery aisles, food counters, and dining all in one convenient location. The first U.S. location opened in New York in 2010 and attracts approximately 10,000 visitors daily. The second one opened in Chicago in 2013, and a third one is scheduled to open at the World Trade Center in New York in early 2016. Eataly Boston will be the fourth U.S. location. Founded in Italy in 2007 by businessman Oscar Farinetti, there are 27 Eataly locations worldwide including Italy, Japan, Dubai, Brazil and Istanbul. Eataly Boston will be modeled after the original Eataly located in Turin, Italy. Construction will start at the end of the month and the Italian emporium is tentatively scheduled to open in late 2016.

The projected Eataly space will span three different floors and over 45,000 square feet with six restaurants, a café, a rooftop grill, a brewery with a retractable ceiling and patio, and food markets offering over 15,000 products. Each restaurant will feature a retail outlet. A fish stand, for example, will be set in front of a seafood restaurant and a butcher shop in front of a meat-centric eatery.

Celebrity chef and restaurateur Mario Batali is part of the team bringing Eataly to Boston, which will be his second foray into the local food scene. He opened Babbo Pizzeria in the Seaport District this past April.

Eataly Boston will be located in The Shops at Prudential Center which is part of the 3-2-1 Connect complex located in the heart of Boston’s beautiful and historic Back Bay neighborhood. When holding your event at the Hynes, you are connected to THREE Convention hotels: the Sheraton Boston Hotel, the Boston Marriott Copley Place, and the Westin Copley Place Boston; TWO shopping galleries: The Shops at Prudential Center and the Copley Place Shopping Galleries; and ONE Hynes Convention Center. All are connected through pedestrian walkways within an all-weather facility. Your attendees don’t have to step outside to experience hundreds of great retailers and the city’s hottest dining spots!

Find out more about the 3-2-1 Connect complex by visiting the 3-2-1 Connect section of our website.

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 Eataly Chicago

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Topics: Catering & Restaurants

Browse Through Photos of Our Recent Boston Events!

Posted by Claire Dollander on Jun 11, 2015 1:20:00 PM

Our extensive photo library has over 19,000 photos! They are neatly organized by collections and tags for your convenience and can be found in our Flickr library.

These collections include photos of our two facilities, the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) and the Hynes Convention Center. We have numerous photos of events that have taken place in both convention centers, ranging from large association meetings and trade shows to sporting events and more. Browsing through them will give you ideas for how different spaces can be used! We also have a comprehensive selection of destination photos of Boston.

Click on the photos below to visit the event photo sets:

  Events at the Hynes:

  Events at the BCEC:

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  AASLD - The Liver Meeting Meeting 2014
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  Sibos 2014
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  How Design 2014
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  HubSpot - Inbound 2013
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  PCMA Convening Leaders 2014
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  AWWA Annual Conference 2014
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  ICMA Annual Conference 2013
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  PAX East 2014

See all events at the BCEC and Hynes >>

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Topics: Events at our Facilities

40th Yankee Dental Congress Goes “Beyond Expectations”

Posted by Claire Dollander on May 28, 2015 2:23:00 PM

This year marked the 40th anniversary of an annual event at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC): the Yankee Dental Congress, New England’s largest dental meeting and the fifth largest dental meeting in the country. The event was first held in Boston at the Hynes Convention center in 1985, The event eventually outgrew the Hynes and transitionned to the BCEC in 2008. This means that 2015 also marked the 30th anniversary of Yankee Dental beeing held in Boston!

This year, Yankee Dental brought more than 27,000 dental professionals across the U.S. to Boston. Narrowly dodging a major blizzard – over three feet of snow hit the area two days prior to the event’s start date – attendees gathered for an exhibit hall featuring the latest products and technologies from over 450 organizations, such as Colgate, Vitamix and Philips Sonicare, over 300 continuing education courses and events taught by leading dentistry experts.

To commemorate this anniversary, Yankee Dental’s theme this year was “Beyond Expectations,” to signify how far the event had come in its 40-year history. The Yankee Dental Congress is committed to holding its event in Boston through 2030, proving Boston is a true hub of medical innovation and technology.

For more information, visit yankeedental.com and to find out about more successful events held at our Boston convention centers, visit the Events section of our Signature Boston blog.

Originally published in the MCCA Front and Center newsletter

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Topics: Events at our Facilities

Give Your Attendees a Historic Experience on Boston’s Waterfront!

Posted by Claire Dollander on May 7, 2015 12:36:00 PM

When holding your event at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) or Hynes Convention Center, you may also consider other venues for off-site entertainment. Fortunately, Boston offers a variety of cultural venues that will add a spark to your event! Here are 3 examples of historic venues located on the waterfront with unique event space and scenic views of Boston Harbor:

Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate
The Kennedy Institute for the United State Senate recently opened its door to the public! It’s dedicated to educate the public about the important role of the Senate in our government. The EMK institute features a full-scale representation of the U.S. Senate Chamber, interactive exhibits, and a reproduction of Senator Kennedy’s Washington D.C. office. This elegant and visionary space combines the soaring history of the U.S. Senate with a modern, sleek design by architect Rafael Vinoly, who also designed the BCEC. The venue can accommodate up to 800 people. Find more information on planning an event at the institute >>

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
The JFK Presidential Library and Museum is the nation’s memorial to the 35th President. The museum portrays the life, leadership and legacy of President Kennedy. Visitors can experience JFK’s 1000 days in office though re-mastered films of his iconic speeches, high-definition projections and interactive displays alongside original artifacts. The Kennedys always entertained with warmth, hospitality and grace and that spirit lives on today with their legacy. The venue can accommodate up to 600 guests. Find more information on planning an event at the library >>

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum 
The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum commemorates Boston’s best-known act of rebellion—the dumping of chests of British tea in Boston Harbor in 1773 to protest taxation without representation. The attraction features two authentic replicas of the ships that carried the tea, a museum with exhibits that include one of the historic tea chests, and Abigail’s Tea Room, an event space with a fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the harbor. The venue can accommodate up to 200 people. Find more information on planning an event at the museum >>

In addition to more event venues, the waterfront offers a growing number of restaurants and has great appeal to conference attendees! The city and ocean views are spectacular and the atmosphere is at the same time peaceful and energetic with a wide range of activities. Watch a short video that will give you a feel for the new and exciting Seaport District and use our Venue Finder to browse our Boston venues. There are over 350 cultural sites in Greater Boston, many with unique facilities that will work great for your event!

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 Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum

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The JFK Presidential Library and Museum
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The Edward M. Kennedy Institure for the U.S. Senate
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Topics: Info & Tips, Boston, Entertainment

Boston Logan, Among the Most Stress-free Airports in the Country!

Posted by Claire Dollander on Apr 30, 2015 11:31:00 AM

What causes travelers the most stress? I am sure you have your own idea but here is an interesting study:

According to GroundLink, who surveyed more than 5,000 customers from across the U.S. to determine what causes them the most stress while traveling, being late for a flight was the number one most stressful pre-travel activity followed by getting stuck in traffic on the way to the airport.

Of the nation’s airports, New York airports rank as the most stressful according to those surveyed. LaGuardia is the number one stress-inducing airport according to 20 percent of respondents, followed by John F. Kennedy at 17 percent and Newark at 14 percent. Chicago O’Hare comes in as the fourth most stressful airport (8 percent) followed by Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta (5 percent).

I am not surprised that Boston Logan didn’t make GroundLink’s list as no other major city in the U.S. delivers a faster travel time than Boston between its airport and its convention centers! Using the Silver Line, a free shuttle, you can be at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in 10 minutes and using the Back Bay Logan Express, you can be at the Hynes Convention Center in 15 minutes.

Boston Logan International Airport offers nonstop service to 75 domestic and 44 international destinations. Over the past decade, the airport has spent $4.5 billion on a modernization program that includes new terminals, public transportation access, parking facilities, and self-service kiosks reducing processing time for travelers arriving from foreign destinations among other services.

Find out more about transportation and nonstop service to Boston Logan by visiting the Transportation section of our Signature Boston blog.

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BCEC Introduces its New “Indoor GPS” to Allow for Easy Trade Show Navigation!

Posted by Claire Dollander on Apr 16, 2015 2:41:00 PM

We all know how tiring it can get to look for a booth at a trade show or look for a meeting room at a conference when we don’t know our way around!

We have good news for you! The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) recently launched its new digital navigation system called ActivLocator. It’s a geolocation tool developed by Sherpa Solutions that allows attendees to use turn-by-turn navigation to find their way to a meeting room, exhibit hall, and even specific exhibit booths from anywhere in the facility.

Attendees use a mobile app to access the tool, and once downloaded, the app doesn’t need a cellular or internet connection. See how it looks like in this 40 seconds video taken last month during Seafood Expo North America:

 

“It will be a tremendous value-add for our customers because we will be able to map their entire show floors, booth by booth, and customize information such as shuttle drop-off and pickup locations,” Steve Snyder, CIO and CTO at Massachusetts Convention Center Authorities (MCCA), said in a statement. The system will rely on 270 Bluetooth low-energy beacon transmitters to be installed throughout the center that will be accurate to within six feet of where the user is standing—more accurate than a standard car GPS.

“We have never been reserved about our mission to remain the most technologically advanced convention centers in the world,” MCCA Executive Director James E. Rooney said in the statement. “We are thinking about technology that meeting attendees will be asking for not just in 2015, but five and 10 years from now. Real-time location services are just one of the technology initiatives we are focused on right now to better serve our customers and their attendees.”

The MCCA’s venue-wide indoor navigation system is the first of its kind to be used by a convention center. The MCCA that owns and operates the Boston Convention & Exhibitor Center and the Hynes Convention Center, has led the convention industry with technology ever since it first offered free and reliable Wi-Fi in every area of its facilities. Find out more about our technology by visiting the Technology section of our Signature Boston blog and the Technology section of our Signature Boston website.

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Topics: Technology, Videos

5 Questions with Melody Moore, Signature Boston Sales Manager

Posted by Katie Hauser on Apr 2, 2015 12:15:00 PM

Today we’re featuring one of our Signature Boston Sales Managers, Melody Moore. Originally from New Hampshire, Melody has been a part of the Signature Boston team for four years now. Her sales specialty is booking events that are looking for space at the BCEC and Hynes Convention Center within 18 months, so her customers often have a lot of decisions to make in short time. Melody lives right in the South Boston Waterfront, and she can see the BCEC from her apartment! She was kind enough to take time out of her busy day to share her Signature Boston perspective.

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With so many options, how do you help a meeting planner find the perfect space for their event?

Many times, it will really come down to date and space availability. Our convention centers are so busy, and my clients are looking for space within 18 months, so I often have to get creative and suggest alternative set-ups (theater rather than banquet, maybe mixed seating or reception style) to help a customer see how his or her event can work in the space we have available. I like that creative side of the sales process: it often produces some very unique sets!

What has been among the most challenging requests from a Hynes Convention Center client, and how did you work to make it happen?

I had a client that envisioned their registration and retail areas in meeting rooms at the Hynes. It was an event that attracted thousands of people, long lines were expected, and we had another event scheduled to be in the building at the same time that may have been impacted, so both our operations and public safety teams had apprehensions. Ultimately, the whole team worked together to come up with a solution that satisfied everyone’s needs – put registration activities inside the exhibit hall! This worked perfectly and our customers, their attendees and staff were happy.

Tell us about one of your favorite BCEC events that you booked. What made it memorable?

I have a few favorites, but one that comes to mind has to be the “Duke University Duke Forward,” event that took place at the BCEC back in November 2014. It was an event that invited 400 Duke Alumni residing in the New England area to come together and celebrate the success of the “Duke Forward” fundraising campaign, as well as to mingle with other alums, current students, and faculty who are making a difference in Durham, NC and around the globe.

How do you personalize events?  

All customers should and want to feel special, that they’re not just another event in a big convention center. I personalize events with the help of our great team here!

For example, at both the BCEC and the Hynes, clients love the fact that our Guest Service Associates can be stationed to greet their attendees and help direct them to their destinations. It is important to clients, with our facilities being so large, that their attendees not be overwhelmed, especially if it’s their first time visiting. Our GSAs do a great job at making the overall experience more flawless for our guests and I often highlight their work on site tours.

I also want to give a shout-out to our Digital Media team. I find that many clients want to know more about how they can welcome attendees and highlight sponsors – especially when it comes to the BCEC’s outdoor Marquee. These structures are definitely an added selling point and a way to bring personalization to events.

What is the most fulfilling aspect of your job?

I would have to say that the most fulfilling aspect of my job is interacting with meeting planners on site visits around the facilities. I love having the opportunity to meet with a client face-to-face, where I can learn more about their program and help them envision it in our building. It’s a great way to showcase how exceptional our facilities are and how remarkable the Signature Boston experience is.  

When the day comes and you find out you got the sale, it makes all the hard work and long hours worthwhile!

 

 

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Topics: Info & Tips

BCEC Offers the Best Wi-Fi of any Convention Center in the World!

Posted by Claire Dollander on Mar 19, 2015 11:09:00 AM

Accommodating some of the world’s largest trade shows requires Internet access capable of handling extraordinary amounts of data traffic from tens of thousands of users. The newest Wi-Fi system that the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) is deploying is set to exceed expectation of the most demanding attendee.

Here are some of the reasons why the BCEC’s latest generation Wi-Fi system is the best in the industry:

The BCEC transitioned from a traditional “coverage based modeling” system to an advanced “dynamic capacity based modeling” where careful calculations were made on the maximum number of people in a specific area, the number Wi-Fi devices they carry, and the type of devices. The system accounts for the usage and number of specific devices. For example, a laptop will routinely transmit large files such as slide show presentations and documents, while phones will more likely transmit pictures and texts. However, there will be vastly more phones than laptops in nearly every crowd scenario. With attendees using an average of 2.5 devices, the BCEC not only provides a signal to their mobile devices, but also provides the appropriate upstream bandwidth.

With a 10 gigabit fiber network and the ability to increase and decrease the bandwidth in real time according to show’s usage, the BCEC is equipped to accommodate events with extensive mobile technology requirements such as PAX East Expo, that brought thousands of video game fans and professionals last week.

The number of wireless access points is increasing from 113 to 580, a 413 percent increase in access points throughout the BCEC!

The BCEC offers a customized Internet access experience. For repeat customers, the BCEC can provide Internet access to attendees based on the network settings and floor plans from the prior year and make quick adjustments to accommodate current Internet usage trends.

Find out more about why the BCEC is the most technologically advanced convention center in the world by visiting the technology section of our Signature Boston blog and the technology section of our Signature Boston website.

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Topics: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Technology

Signature Details a Crowd Pleaser at PAX East 2015

Posted by Rachel Weiss on Mar 11, 2015 1:53:00 PM

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This past weekend was PAX East, the largest gaming convention in the Northeast – where thousands of game enthusiasts and game developers meet at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center to discuss and try out the latest and greatest in the video gaming industry. PAX first came to Boston in 2010, starting at the Hynes where it surpassed all attendance expectations requiring a move to the BCEC in 2011, where it is now held annually.When a signature event like PAX East rolls into town, it is all hands on deck to ensure the event is executed to perfection, from our exhibitor and guest service associates to IT (gamers use a lot of data!) to event managers. However, one team that likes to fully embrace the nature of the event and get more and more creative each year is Levy Restaurants, our restaurant services provider. Our team of chefs likes to “best” their work each year by coming up with outrageously different and delicious food offerings – PAX East attendees have come to expect original food selections!  

PAX East doesn’t ask Levy to create signature items; it is just something our chefs happily do each year.  The main focus of the entire Levy team is always to ensure attendees are entirely satisfied with their dining experience at our convention centers, whether that is an elegant dinner or a gigantic ramen burger!

A few themes that seem to appear every year are “bigger is better,” “the messier the better,” and “must contain meat.”  Keeping that in mind, the BCEC chefs created the following items, which were a huge hit at PAX East this year:

Twisted Carnage
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This hearty pretzel was stuffed with steak, cheese, pepper and onions, weighing in at two pounds! With one pound of dough and one pound of meat, this pretzel could fill up even the hungriest of gamers. The name ‘Twisted Carnage’ is a video game reference, and the dish definitely fueled hours of gaming, so there is no doubt this item was made just for PAX East!

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This tasty treat was a twist on a local specialty. With attendees coming from all over the country - and even the world - what better way to welcome them to Boston than with a Massachusetts favorite? With marshmallow fluff, Nutella and banana compote, this grilled sandwich was a triple layer concoction. The middle slice of bread has a hole cut out so that the sandwich could be filled to the max with delicious ingredients!

Ramen ‘TuPoBe’ Burger
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Keeping in the tradition of the meatier the better, this specialty burger was comprised of three different meats: turkey, pork and beef. If the word TuPoBe reminds you of Kobe, that’s exactly what the chef was thinking when he named it! This Asian-style burger is topped with an Asian slaw, sesame vinaigrette, wonton noodles and wasabi dressing. Instead of a traditional bun, the TuPoBe burger is paired with a ramen bun, made of cooked ramen noodles.

Find out more about our food and beverage services at signatureboston.com, and rest assured that our Chefs are ready to get creative for your attendees at your next Boston event!

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Topics: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Events at our Facilities, Catering & Restaurants

An Easy Ride from Boston Logan International Airport to the Hynes

Posted by Claire Dollander on Feb 26, 2015 2:23:00 PM

The Back Bay Logan Express is a round-trip shuttle from Boston Logan International Airport to the Back Bay neighborhood that drops off and picks up passengers at the Hynes Convention Center. The shuttle runs every 20 minutes and costs just $5!

The Back Bay Logan Express is a new service that was launched in the spring of 2014 and has been well-received by conventioneers as it stops right in front of the Hynes! It stops at two locations in the Back Bay that are both walking distance to most convention hotels in the neighborhood, representing over 5,000 hotel rooms!

Back Bay Logan Express stops at all airport terminals. It’s a fifteen minute drive from the airport to the Back Bay. No other city in the U.S. delivers a faster travel times than Boston between the airport and its convention centers!

Service is seven days a week, running 5:00 am until 9:00 pm from the Back Bay to Logan Airport and from 6:00 am until 10:00 pm from Logan Airport to the Back Bay. The fare is $5.00, payable with a credit or debit card. The services is free for riders with a valid MBTA Charlie Card. All buses are wheelchair accessible. Find more information on the schedule on the Massport website.

Boston Logan International Airport offers nonstop service to 75 domestic and 44 international destinations. Over the past decade, the airport has spent $4.5 billion on a modernization program that includes new terminals, public transportation access, parking facilities, roadways and airport concessions, and has been transformed into a world-class 21st Century facility. 

Find out more information on transportation and nonstop service to international destinations by visiting the Transportation section of our Signature Boston blog.  

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Topics: Transportation

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