What’s New in Event Venues: Signs of Recovery, Plus Metaverse Hotels, On-Site Herb Gardens, Accessibility Features, and More

Here are five more things you should know this month…

3. Accessibility is top of mind as guests return in person.
Venues have been using lessons learned from the pandemic to become more accessible and inclusive, with properties like Kimpton Hotels debuting free mental health services and Kansas’ Overland Park Convention Center opening a dedicated room for event attendees with sensory-processing issues. 

And now, The Schoolhouse Hotel, which opened on May 1, is billing itself as the first 100% ADA-compliant hotel in the world. The 30-room boutique property in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., has a number of accessibility-focused features, including automatic sliding doors; extensive accommodations for wheelchairs like low counters, roll-in showers, and a stage with an electric lift; synthetic grass for guide animals; lighting control to promote calming and visual aid; and more.

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