As Denver’s largest hotel, The Sheraton Denver Downtown, has received a large venue variance by the Governor’s office, which allows the downtown Denver property to begin hosting in-person meetings and events of up to 50% capacity or 2,000 attendees. This will enable group gatherings of various sizes in their newly renovated meeting spaces that consist of 133,000 square feet spanning 52 meeting rooms.
“We are thrilled to be one of the first hotels to bring in-person meetings back to downtown Denver,” said Tony Dunn, General Manager for the Sheraton Denver Downtown. “The renovation highlights what is already incredible about the local Denver community and brings the best of the Sheraton brand to downtown. As travel starts to resume, the new Sheraton will strengthen Denver's position as a global gathering place for groups, conventions, guests and locals alike, and will act as a public square for our growing, evolving city.”
Sheraton Denver Downtown hosted an event last month as part of Marriott Bonvoy Event’s “Connect with Confidence” initiative offering meeting professionals from the region the chance to experience a hybrid meeting and understand how these events could be executed. The attendees had a 90-minute, on-site tutorial on how to plan and execute hybrid meetings including setting up on-site COVID-19 testing and other optional health protocols, general sessions and break out room set-ups, redesigned food and beverage concepts, virtual screening rooms and more.
“We continue to evolve our meeting and event protocols and know that meeting professionals are eager for ideas and solutions about producing hybrid events with impact and within a framework of care,” said Tracy Blair, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Sheraton Denver Downtown. “The “Connect with Confidence” event helped inspire, reconnect and revive our in-person interactions.”
Hybrid meetings have become an essential way for meeting and event professionals to provide an immersive, engaging experience that integrates both virtual participation and in-person experiences through technology.
“The “Connect with Confidence” event that the Kinsley Meetings team recently attended at the renovated Sheraton Denver Downtown was an excellent example of how to manage a socially-distanced program for a large or small group,” said Steve Kinsley of the Kinsley Meeting Group. “The added information on how to integrate the virtual components creating a complete hybrid meeting was well done.”
“The information provided was excellent and several stations were set up with the expert vendors and suppliers. It was nice to be immersed and understand how the hotel and their providers are incorporating safety and health measures to help ensure meeting planners and their attendees feel confident in attending an in-person event,” said Sally Kittridge of Informa.
Sheraton Denver Downtown is following Marriott International’s Commitment to Clean protocols which were created in collaboration with leading experts in food and water safety, hygiene and infection prevention, and hotel operations.