Posted in About Alaska

Most conferences and work gatherings take place in large, busy urban settings with few opportunities for relaxation outside of the hotel or meeting room after a long day of work. But what if we told you your next conference could offer a completely different experience for attendees? What we have in mind is more of a work-trip-with-a-side-of-travel kind of experience.

Westmark’s hotels and conference centers are all conveniently located in attractive destinations throughout Alaska and Yukon and are surrounded by the comfort of city amenities as well as the views and attractions of the great outdoors. Soaring snow-capped mountains, wildlife, trails and fresh air are just a few of the things your attendees can take advantage of to wind down from a busy day. Once the last meeting of the day has concluded, guests can switch into something more comfortable and venture just minutes from their hotel to explore some of the most scenic places in the country, followed by a delicious dinner of Alaska fare in the comfort of their hotel restaurant.

Our properties in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Skagway are fully equipped with plenty of meeting space for small or large functions, delectable catering, wireless Internet, computer access and dedicated staff that will help make your conference a stress-free success.

The Westmark Anchorage Hotel is adjacent to the William A. Egan Civic & Convention Center and Performing Arts Center and offers great views of the Chugach Mountain Range and Cook Inlet from any one of the private balconies of its 198 rooms and suites. The 14th floor Penthouse Suite may just be the ideal space for a company retreat and the Turnagain Room is a lovely spot for smaller meetings and seminars with its glass block wall and natural sunlight. The hotel also offers guests reduced parking rates right outside the lobby. The Anchorage Museum is just a short walk away, as are a variety of shops and travel businesses where attendees can sign up for dog sledding adventures, glacier explorations and more.

About an eight-hour drive north of Anchorage in Alaska’s “Golden Heart City,” the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel & Conference Center offers more meeting space than any other hotel in Fairbanks, and can easily handle up to 500 attendees with 13 function rooms totaling more than 17,000 square feet. The Gold Room Ballroom spans 5,400 square feet that can be used as one large room or divided into smaller spaces, depending on your needs. After hours, attendees can enjoy a visit to the University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum of the North, go cross-country skiing on one of the city’s many trails, or end their visit with a short, hour-long drive to dip in the steamy waters of Chena Hot Springs Resort. There’s a good chance the northern lights could make a surprise appearance in winter months!

Find more information on our website about planning your next conference at one of the Westmark Hotels. Providing two or three months notice for fall or winter reservations is recommended, but event and sales managers at any of the hotels will try to accommodate short-notice events, given the availability of time and space.