Subject: Meeting Related Changes in Wilington, Delaware
Source: Lyn Lewis, Director of Communications, Greater Wilmington CVB 295-2212

Columbus Inn Reopens for Business

Closed since 2007, the ever-popular Columbus Inn has reopened for business. Housed in a colonial building whose original section harks back to 1789, the 175-seat restaurant has been totally renovated and is now open for lunch and dinner. The Inn also features two private meeting rooms that can accommodate 100 attendees. It's convenient location and plentiful parking contribute to the Inn's popularity for meetings.
Contact:  Rick Snyder, General Manager
                 2216 Pennsylvania Avenue
                 Wilmington, DE 19806
                 (302) 571-1492

Queen Theatre Scheduled to Debut in Spring, 2011

Originally built in 1915, the Queen Theatre in Downtown Wilmington is being totally reclaimed and is expected to reopen in Spring, 2011. In its heyday, the Theatre featured a spectacular auditorium and balcony that provided seating for 2,000. Unfortunately it closed in 1959 and fell into serious disrepair. Thanks to the joint efforts of the Light Up the Queen Foundation and Wilmington's Bucini-Polin Group, the historic building is being restored to its former glory.

When the Queen reopens, it will serve as a spectacular music venue showcasing performers from across the musical spectrum. It is poised to become the home of Philadelphia-based performance venue and restaurant, World Café Live, including broadcast studios for regional public radio station WXPN. The restaurant will seat approximately 160 people and will be available for group functions seven days a week. The main auditorium will accommodate 400 people. There will also be two separate event spaces with flexible seating arrangements for private functions. They will be outfitted with full audio-visual equipment. Each of these spaces will be able to hold approximately 120 people.

Queen Theatre
616 Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19805

Greater Wilmington CVB Offers Transportation Incentive to Lure Meeting Planners and Groups

Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau is offering a Transportation Incentive to meeting planners or groups booking at least 100 room nights in a GWCVB member hotel in New Castle County. To be eligible for the transportation award, a contract must be signed between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011; the actual event must take place between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2013. A total of $20,000 is available on a "first come-first serve" basis. More information is available at

Contact:  Esther Lovlie, Director of Meeting Sales
                  Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau
                  100 West 10th Street, Suite 20
                  Wilmington, DE 19801
         (302) 295-2213