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Hotels & Tourism


Cavalier on the Hill At its other property, Gold


About 100 groups


already have reserved space at The Main in Norfolk.


persuaded the city to invest $86.6 million in the $150 million development, which is expected to generate an estimated $2 million in annual city tax revenues while creating 100 jobs. The city of Norfolk owns The Exchange, the hotel’s conference center. About 100 groups have


reserved space at The Main between April and 2020, including nearly 70 traveling to Norfolk for the first time. “Combined, that’s over 22,000 individual room nights,” says Michael Woodhead, Gold Key’s vice president of market-


ing. “What we are offering for the large-scale corporate meeting planner is something you can’t get anywhere else in the state.” By attracting large groups,


he adds, The Main will help fill rooms at nearby hotels, including Norfolk’s Waterside Marriott and the Sheraton. “It stands to reason that if we have more meeting space than guest rooms to accommodate, we are going to overflow into the sur- rounding hotels. It’s going to have a transformative impact on occupancy rate growth in downtown Norfolk.”


Key is melding history with modern amenities in restoring Virginia Beach’s Cavalier on the Hill. Built in 1927, the hotel is undergoing a $75 million reno- vation that Wood- head describes as a renaissance. “We’re taking a historic hotel and preserving what’s special and magical about it and marrying that con- cept with the con- temporary amenities the 21st


century trav-


eler expects,” says Woodhead. On tap to reopen this


spring, the Cavalier will be a five-star member of Marri- ott’s Autograph Collection, the first in Hampton Roads. New design elements, combined with décor reminiscent of the early 20th


century, include saltwater swimming pools, enlarged guest


Gold Key is playing up that history by inviting couples that married or honeymooned at the hotel to submit their love stories. Eighty-five couples will be chosen for an all-inclusive stay during the Cavalier’s grand reopening, including a vow renewal ceremony and cham- pagne brunch.


rooms, a farm-to-table restau- rant, and an onsite vodka and bourbon distillery. The grand dame of the


resort city, the Cavalier has hosted 10 U.S. presidents, as well as numerous celebrities.


The 90-year-old Cavalier Hotel is undergoing a $75 million renovation.


HOST AN


ICONIC MEETING IN AN UNFORGETTABLE


MEETING SET SETTING.


For 250 years, The Omni Homestead has been inspiring guests with


incredible service and picturesque views. Having hosted 23 U.S.


Presidents, we will ensure your next event is as grand as its setting.


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40 JANUARY 2017


The Main photo courtesy Hilton Worldwide Cavalier photo courtesy Gold Key | PHR


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