Lyn Lewis
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100 West 10th Street, Suite 20
Wilmington, DE 19801
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Wilmington, Delaware (November 11, 2013)

Full-Service Westin Hotel Scheduled to Open in the Wilmington Riverfront in Late March, 2014
A 37 million dollar full-service hotel is under construction on property adjacent to the Chase Center on the Riverfront, the city's largest multi-purpose event facility with 87,000 square feet of flexible meeting or exhibition space and plenty of free parking.  The Chase Center and the new Westin Riverfront Hotel are conveniently located off I-95 less than one mile from Wilmington's Amtrak Train Station.

The 10-story, Leed certified hotel will have 180 rooms  and suites.  All will be equipped with 42" flat panel, high definition televisions, oversized work stations, high speed internet access, laptop-safes and spa-inspired bathrooms.  The hotel will have 2,000 square feet of flexible function space including a ballroom suitable for meetings or events for up to 200 attendees.  Other amenities include a permanent board room, hospitality suite, Law Center, Business Center, fitness center, upscale restaurant and bar and oversized indoor pool.

Area Hotels Provide Convenient Options for Meetings and Events  The Hotel du Pont in Downtown Wilmington blends Old World European charm with modern amenities.  This luxury hotel has 216 oversized guest rooms, 30,000 square feet of meeting space and can accommodate 1,200 attendees.  Sheraton Suites Wilmington Downtown and the newly renovated DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Downtown Wilmington Legal District are also popular choices inside the city limits.  North of the city are the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Wilmington and Crowne Plaza Wilmington North.  Just south of the city is Sheraton Wilmington South, a seven-tiered hotel with 191 spacious guest rooms  and 9,000 square feet of ballroom and conference space.  The Courtyard Newark  at the University of Delaware which is adjacent to Clayton HallEmbassy Suites Newark/Wilmington South, Homewood Suites by Hilton-Newark/Wilmington South and Hilton Wilmington/Christiana also merit attention.

Wilmington Offers Unique Meeting Spaces   
The Inn at Montchanin Village and Spa, once the workers village for the gunpowder mills that spawned the DuPont Company and now  a small luxury hotel,  is perfect for board retreats and meetings for groups ranging from 10 to 40.  Blue Ball Barn, the site of Delaware's permanent Folk Art Collection, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts with its industrial chic atmosphere, the glass enclosed DuPont Environmental Education Center with panoramic views of the city and World Café Live at the Queen are excellent choices.  One of the newest offerings is the Buena Vista Conference Center in New Castle.  Until recently, this stately Greek Revival Mansion built in the mid-nineteenth century was reserved for government events and meetings, but now Buena Vista is available to the public and can accommodate groups from eight to 250 in rooms furnished with antiques and artwork created by Delawareans.

Transportation Incentives Available to Meeting Planners
The Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau offers two Transportation Incentives.  One is available to planners booking a minimum of 100 nights in a member hotel located in New Castle County.  The second is designed for city-wide conferences generating a minimum of 500 room nights and at least two consecutive overnight stays in a member hotel in New Castle County.  Applications are currently being accepted for FY15 and funds are administered on a first come, first served basis.  Details are available at www.VisitWilmingtonDE.com.

The Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau is a non-profit organization founded in 1978, chartered by the Governor of Delaware, the New Castle County Executive and the Mayor of Wilmington. Its mission is to serve as the community's customer-focused destination marketing organization, generating economic growth through leisure travel and meetings development by aggressively marketing attractions, facilities, amenities and services for visitors.

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