Portman Holdings Property prepares for 2012 Democratic National Convention

The Westin Charlotte, developed and owned by global commercial real estate developer Portman Holdings, will serve as headquarters hotel for the 2012 Democratic National Convention (DNC), which takes place in Charlotte, N.C. September 4-6. Anchoring the central business district, the 700-room hotel serves as a gateway to the southern end of downtown. Convention guests staying at The Westin Charlotte will be within a short walking distance of convention sites and have immediate access to a light rail station that connects them to city-wide transportation.

“Portman Holdings and Westin have been working together to prepare for the influx of guests,” said David Montgomery, director of sales and marketing at The Westin Charlotte. “With all the rush and excitement of convention time, we take every measure to ensure the delegates, media and all parties traveling to Charlotte have an enjoyable and memorable experience.”

The hotel has recently completed over $8 million in renovations and enhancements to guest rooms, ballrooms, and the food and beverage outlets, ensuring it is well-equipped to host this year’s DNC. Its flexible meeting space features sophisticated technology, calming decor and an uncomplicated layout ““ an ideal place to host one of the nation’s largest and most important events.

Portman Holdings developed the convention center hotel in partnership with the City of Charlotte as part of the city’s economic development initiatives. Opened in 2003, the 29-story property includes 44,000 square feet of meeting space and a 1,650-space parking structure.

As the headquarters hotel for the Charlotte Convention Center, The Westin has been a catalyst for new growth and commercial development occurring on neighboring blocks.

The property was the recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award in 2012, and was recognized as the “Best of the South” by Meetings South Magazine in 2009. Amenities include a large ballroom, ample meeting space, a signature restaurant and a health club.