Near SeaTac International Airport between Seattle and Tacoma, Wash., Washington Mutual opened its new conference center in December 2002. The 18-acre campus of the Washington Mutual Leadership Center at Cedarbrook offers 107,000 square feet of space and 110 guest rooms and suites.

  • Opened this spring, the Seattle Marriott Waterfront is adjacent to the 78,000-square-foot Bell Harbor International Conference Center on Pier 66. The hotel has 358 guest rooms and 11,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 7,937-square-foot grand ballroom.

  • In San Jose, Calif., Benchmark Hospitality is now managing the Silicon Valley Conference Center, a day meeting facility with 12,000 square feet of conference space close to San Jose International Airport.

  • Benchmark also has taken over management of the Georgian Terrace Hotel, a 325-suite historic hotel in midtown Atlanta. After a $10 million renovation, the property is now a member of the International Association of Conference Centers. The hotel's 16,000 square feet of meeting space includes the new Atlanta Conference Center.

  • Dolce International has taken over management of Houston's 308-room Warwick Hotel in the Museum District, after a $23 million renovation that was completed last May. Dolce completed the first phase of further enhancements in June to bring The Warwick up to IACC standards.

  • The Historic Conference Centres of Europe has added four new members, including a former church and a silk factory. HCCE, an alliance of modern conference centers housed in historic buildings, now includes the Athinais Conference Centre in Athens; Kaisersaal in Erfurt, Germany; Kongress Palais Kassel in Kassel, Germany; and The Pieterskerk in Leiden, Holland.