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Makeover plan at Faneuil Hall Marketplace

The operator of Faneuil Hall Marketplace, one of Boston’s most visited yet dated landmarks, is proposing a dramatic overhaul of the historic property that would create a new boutique hotel and shake up a shopping experience that has changed little since the 1970s.

 

The plan, from Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp., is designed to bring Boston residents back to a central retail district that remains popular with millions of tourists but has lost much of its appeal for locals.

 

The company’s proposal would turn the marketplace’s crowded central food court into more open retail spaces, bars, and sit-down restaurants. It would add several glass pavilions for shopping and dining, and the South Market building would get a 180-room hotel.

 

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"The BCEC is one of the few convention centers that offers free Wi-Fi service throughout the facility. It eliminates the need to negotiate this "must-have" service, results in considerable savings and satisfied attendees!

- Linda S. Bailey, CMP, National Fire Protection Association

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Boston fares well in analysis of city walkability

Boston is one of the more walkable major cities in the United States and is on its way to becoming the most-walkable, according to a new report from a Washington D.C.-based research group and George Washington University.

 

The group, Smart Growth America, looked at factors such as the amount of retail and office space that is friendly to visitors traveling on foot.

 

Today, the report states, the top cities are: Washington D.C., New York, Boston, San Francisco and Chicago.

 

If current development trends hold, the report concludes, the most-walkable cities will be, in order: Boston, Washington D.C., New York, Miami and Atlanta.

 

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"The BCEC is one of the few convention centers that offers free Wi-Fi service throughout the facility. It eliminates the need to negotiate this "must-have" service, results in considerable savings and satisfied attendees!

- Linda S. Bailey, CMP, National Fire Protection Association

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@MassConvention: The tunes, buzz and vibe in the BCEC today has all the MCCA employees awake and ready to go. We love #INBOUND14!

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Check Out The Outdoor Convention Center Experiment in Boston

Meeting professionals are always concerned about what’s inside a convention center — the number of meeting rooms, the amount of exhibit space, the bandwidth capabilities and more. While all of these details are essential to a meeting’s success, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority is equally focused on what’s happening outside the walls of the soon-to-be-expanded Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. That focus has paved the way to the Lawn on D, 2.7 acres worth of green space with bocce ball courts, ping pong tables and food trucks that sit alongside an empty stretch of the city. It gives meeting attendees and Boston residents an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, but the Lawn on D is also appealing to today’s digitally-addicted consumer. The space is wired for Internet access. It’s piquing the interest of plenty of meeting professionals.

 

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“As a small non-profit, serving vulnerable women and children, we struggle to meet their needs with our limited budget. Donations from the Conventions C.A.R.E. program not only provide needed supplies to our families, but they also help to preserve our resources during these challenging times.”

- Robert D. Monahan, Julie’s Family Learning Center, South Boston, MA

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@MassConvention: The tunes, buzz and vibe in the BCEC today has all the MCCA employees awake and ready to go. We love #INBOUND14!

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Tourists & business travelers pump up Greater Boston hotels in June

An increase in tourists and business travelers fueled occupancy rates and revenue at Greater Boston’s hotels in June, according to a new survey by PKF Consulting.

 

The 97 hotel operators in the PKF Trends in the Hotel Industry sample achieved an average 86.5 percent occupancy at a $219.20 average daily rate (ADR) with a resulting $189.61 revenue per available room (RevPAR) for the month. These performance levels represented an occupancy increase of 0.4 percent, a 5.7 percent increase in ADR, and an overall 6.1 percent increase in RevPAR for June 2014 compared to June 2013.

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"The BCEC is one of the few convention centers that offers free Wi-Fi service throughout the facility. It eliminates the need to negotiate this "must-have" service, results in considerable savings and satisfied attendees!

- Linda S. Bailey, CMP, National Fire Protection Association

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@MassConvention: The tunes, buzz and vibe in the BCEC today has all the MCCA employees awake and ready to go. We love #INBOUND14!

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Local food lands at Logan Airport

Michael Levine figured travelers would want to eat local even when they were about to fly off to someplace else, but he wasn’t counting on the crowds that have flocked to his Berkshire Farms Market at Logan International Airport during its first four months of operation.

 

The upscale food market, in the newly renovated Terminal B, offers a range of local food products that stand out from typical fast-food-style airport fare.

 

Berkshire Farms sells maple syrup and roasted nuts made in Williamstown, chocolate from Sheffield, gluten-free brownies from Great Barrington, jams and preserves canned in Ashfield, and other foods from the Berkshires.

 

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"The BCEC is one of the few convention centers that offers free Wi-Fi service throughout the facility. It eliminates the need to negotiate this "must-have" service, results in considerable savings and satisfied attendees!

- Linda S. Bailey, CMP, National Fire Protection Association

Social

@MassConvention: The tunes, buzz and vibe in the BCEC today has all the MCCA employees awake and ready to go. We love #INBOUND14!

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