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Associations Conventions & Facilities- The SW and Eldorado Excels

06/01/2012


Santa Fe Sizzles


For Marie Gutierrez, director of administrative services for the New Mexico Oil & Gas Association (NMOGA), Santa Fe is the site for success. For 16 years she has been planning her organization’s annual conference in this culturally rich city located one hour north of Albuquerque. With a fascinating history dating back more than 400 years, Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in North America and is well-known for its thriving arts scene. The city is set at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at an elevation of 7,200 sf. “We’re in our 84th year of having this conference,” Gutierrez describes. “It’s one of the largest oil and gas association conferences in the U.S. The majority of our attendees come from Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. Last year we had about 1,100 people.”


Each year, NMOGA uses the AAA Four Diamond Eldorado Hotel & Spa as its headquarters hotel. The property features 219 newly renovated, deluxe rooms and suites, some containing Southwestern-style kiva fireplaces. The property also has more than 23,000 sf of meeting space, including Santa Fe’s largest ballroom, and a spacious open courtyard that can be tented and heated for year-round use. The Eldorado, which is located just a short walk from Santa Fe’s historic downtown plaza, also offers a finedining restaurant, rooftop pool and the fullservice Nidah spa. “The Eldorado works out well, because it can accommodate us,” Gutierrez says.”It has the largest ballroom (in Santa Fe). We have all of our meetings there. They go out of their way to accommodate me.” Gutierrez also books room blocks with all of the major downtown hotels.


“Santa Fe is a big draw,” Gutierrez states. “People love to come

to Santa Fe. We’re a top tourist destination.”


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