High profile launch for Renaissance project

The $224 million Renaissance
Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center has celebrated its grand opening with a $200,000 fete for 400 VIPs and local residents.William
Shaw, President and Chief Operating Officer of Marriott International,
joined Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson and General Manager Tom Robertson in
presenting the completed project to the invitation only crowd.  Actors
from the Redmoon Theater Troupe greeted guests in whimsical costumes and
outlandish contraptions molded out of metal, fabric and imagination,
adding an air of fantasy to the evening.

The project, located in Northwest Chicago, was originally developed by
Mayor Larson and the Village of Schaumburg Trustees as a new economic
driver for the region. The project has already made a positive economic
impact on the Village of Schaumburg, creating 400 jobs with annual wages
of $15 million. Since advance bookings began in December 2004, the
center’s staff has secured 42 events and 27,000 hotel nights totaling
$5.8 million in revenue—more than double the original goal. These
promising results show the convention center may also surpass a 2003
feasibility study prediction that it will draw 380,000 attendees and
over 70,000 hotel stays to Schaumburg each year.


“We are extremely proud of this project,” said General Manager Tom
Robertson, “and I know that the Village of Schaumburg is pleased with
our progress with both the hotel and convention center. The entire
facility is a work of art,” he added. “Everywhere you look there are
unique, design-inspired touches - from the design to the food to the
technology. Now that we are open, we are truly the signature property of
the Renaissance brand.”



The Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center includes a
500-room Renaissance Hotel with a 28,000 sq. ft. ballroom and 20,000 sq.
ft. of meeting space, accompanied by a convention center with 100,000
sq. ft. of pillar-less exhibition space and a sleek new Sam & Harry’s
steakhouse. Plans call for the addition of a new Performing Arts Center
in the second phase.

Marriott has also been nominated this year for a


World Travel Award as World’s Leading Hotel Brand.