As Tysons grows, so do the opportunities for tourism around the area.
Visit Fairfax, a non-profit organization that works to encourage tourism around Fairfax County, plans to promote a series of new initiatives to boost visitation in 2020, according to President and CEO Barry Biggar.
Among the upcoming changes, the organization plans to capitalize on student and international markets and expand capabilities to host large conferences in Tysons, Biggar told Tysons Reporter.
Biggar brought up how many locals see the constant construction in Tysons as a negative thing, but said perception changes depending on who he asks. For example, he said many international travelers see it as a sign of prosperity within a community.
As someone in charge of oversight for the marketing, sales and visitor services for Visit Fairfax, Biggar monitors larger trends across the county.
Fairfax County made over $3.2 billion in 2018 from tourism, according to Visit Fairfax’s website, which also noted that the county brings in the second most money for tourism in Virginia.
Though there are not yet statistics available for Tysons specifically, Biggar said he hopes to break down the numbers within the next year.
“When I think of Tysons, I think immediately of the opportunities we have for business travel,” he said.
A large reason for the uptick in corporate and business events being held in Tysons, according to Biggar, is partially thanks to the expansion of the Silver Line to Tysons in 2014 and its upcoming expansion to the Dulles International Airport.
“Come 2020 we will have Silver Line service all the way to Dulles. Having that access all the way to Tysons or Reston will be significant in growing the business travel market,” Biggar said.
Currently, the Sheraton Tysons ranks as the largest venue for conferences and events in the entire county, according to Biggar. But, Biggar hinted that this may soon change as the skyline view keeps shifting and making way for new developments like the Capital One Hall, which promises space to host not only corporate events but also theatrical productions.
Around Fairfax County as a whole, Biggar said Visit Fairfax is currently in the process of writing proposals to host an upcoming National Senior Games, which is a bi-yearly event under the United States Olympic Committee to bring together senior citizens from across the U.S. to compete in athletic challenges.
He said that Visit Fairfax wants to host more reunions for members of the military and armed services, because of Fairfax County’s proximity to Arlington Cemetery and the upcoming National Army Museum in Fort Belvoir.
Now, Visit Fairfax is working with the Tysons Partnership, an organization that promotes social and economic development of Tysons, to coordinate marketing efforts and help one another.
“We know them very, very well and will assist them with any information or intelligence that they may need,” Biggar said.
One of the major gaps around Tysons, Biggar said, is the lack of live entertainment and nightlife. He said that the Capital One Center and other upcoming businesses are already planning to fill this niche market.
“If we look at Tysons Plaza or even Merrifield to see how they use their central green space to bring in performers, all of the development that is happening in Tysons should look at incorporating that,” he said.
“It brings about energy and creates an ongoing desire to go back and see what else is happening.”
Fairfax County police arrested a woman from California for allegedly making fraudulent credit card charges at a Marriott in Tysons.
The incident occurred around 10 a.m. on Friday (Dec. 6) at 8028 Leesburg Pike.
“The victim, who resides in Florida, called the hotel to report that someone was using her credit card and making fraudulent charges at the hotel,” according to the police report.
When officers arrived at the hotel, they were directed to the reserved room and charged a 28-year-old with credit card theft, the report said.
The “Black Magic” option mixes activated charcoal and aloe vera juice. The activated charcoal will be included in the Entyse Espresso Bar’s menu, according to TAA PR. It will also be on the hotel’s “sleep sanctuary menu.”
Meanwhile, “Rose” is a hemp-infused drink from JRINK’s Apothekary line — a “natural farmacy.” People at the hotel can find “Rose” as part of the hotel’s spa offerings, which include cannabidiol products.
“The partnership with Jrink reinforces Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner’s commitment to embracing travelers’ changing tastes and interest in trips centered around physical and mental well-being,” according to TAA PR.
The partnership was announced yesterday (Oct. 30).
Cityline Partners’ mixed-use development also includes several apartments and office buildings and retail space, along with the completed 425-unit apartment complex called The Haden and the 14-story office building Mitre 4.
The hotel plans to accommodate 178 guests and will feature a rooftop terrace, event space, fitness studio and a bar and restaurant operated by chef Charlie Palmer.
“The dynamic Scotts Run development is destined to be a new walkable urban village and will attract a wonderful cross-section of guests,” according to Hensel Phelps’ website.
The preliminary opening timeline for the hotel’s opening is summer 2021, according to Hensel Phelps.
As fall approaches, the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons announced a new line of spa treatments.
The company added four new items to their list of services, including a new CBD facial, a velvet massage and an apple manicure.
“As autumn approaches, days get shorter and the weather gets cooler — it’s time to talk skin. Chill temperatures make for dry, stale air and even drier skin,” Corryn Hurrington, a Ritz-Carlton spokesperson, said.
Each treatment is meant to relax and rejuvenate guests, according to the website.
Among the new treatments, the Seaberry Orange CBD Hemp Hydration Facial works to counteract several signs of skin damage and aging, according to the press release.
These seasonal treatments will be available from Sept. 15-Nov. 30. All treatments can be booked online or by calling (703) 744-3924.
Prices range from $55-205.
The spa operates on Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
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Archer Hotel recently released more information about the hotel’s design and offerings.
Situated adjacent to the McLean Metro station, the seven-story, 178-room hotel will have a bar and restaurant operated by chef Charlie Palmer, along with rooftop event space, a fitness studio and underground valet parking, the press release said.
The hotel will be a part of the southern portion of the 8 million-square-foot mixed-use development, which is split into Scotts Run North and South.
Scotts Run South includes several apartments and office buildings — including the completed 425-unit apartment complex called The Haden and the 14-story office building Mitre 4 — the Archer Hotel and retail space.
Meanwhile, Scotts Run North proposes a high-density mix of residential and office buildings.
“The Tysons locale boasts megacity attributes and infrastructure, while retaining welcoming touches like tree-lined streets and a lower-stress lifestyle,” the press release said.
The Tysons location will be the seventh Archer Hotel and is slated to open in summer 2021.
The Westin hotel at 7801 Leesburg Pike in Tysons is undergoing extensive remodeling, according to new permits filed with Fairfax County.
According to the permits, interior alterations include conversion of meeting rooms and office space into a new fitness center.
Interior alterations are also underway to remodel the public spaces to include:
- a new entry vestibule
- lobby lounge
- public restrooms
- meeting rooms
- marketing rooms
- the Starbucks in the hotel
- the hotel bar/restaurant
The permits were processed on May 7. After repeated attempts to contact management, no one was available to answer specifics about the planned renovations.
Renovations for the hotel’s common areas have been in the works since 2018 when the property was purchased by a trio of investors.
Fairfax County police are looking for an armed man who tried to rob a hotel employee but ended up leaving empty-handed.
The incident took place around 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12. A man displayed a gun and tried to take money that an employee was counting at the Quality Inn on Spring Hill Road in Vienna, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.
The man left empty-handed after a brief struggle with the employee, who called out for help, police say.
“The suspect is described as black, 6’2″ to 6′ 5″, 180 to 200 pounds, wearing a red and white long sleeve shirt with a collar and a black backpack,” according to FCPD.
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The developers behind The Boro — a sprawling project scheduled for staggered openings throughout the year — have filed paperwork for a plan to work with the company WhyHotel to turn unleased rental units into temporary hotel rooms.
“Given the large number of units in the building, the applicant anticipates that the initial lease-up period for the Rise will be at least 18-24 months,” Elizabeth Baker, senior land use planner for the developers, said in a report on the project. “During this period not to exceed 24 months, the Applicant proposes to temporarily utilize up to 150 market rate units throughout the building for short-term residential or hotel stays.”
The report notes that the stays would be coordinated and managed by WhyHotel, and the guests would have access to the residential parking garage in the building and amenities like the fitness lounge, club room, yoga studio and rooftop swimming pool.
As a bonus, the report says the short term residents would be more likely to use transit or alternate modes of transportation, resulting in a temporarily reduced demand on parking and single occupancy vehicles trips around the site.
There are no architectural design changes resulting from the proposal and at the end of the 24-month period, the temporary use would be terminated.
“The request represents a modest and relatively short term change in use for the property that will be positive for the Boro project and the county,” Baker said in the report.
A staff report and Planning Commission hearing are both scheduled for May.
New residential buildings are coming to The Boro, but a new partnership with WhyHotel means many of them might temporarily be hotel-style rentals before they’re leased.
WhyHotel is a startup based in D.C. that takes unrented units from recently-built apartments, from studios to two-bedroom units, and rents them out as hotel spaces and pay some of the rent back to the developer. Meanwhile, on-call staff handle the cleaning and other guests needs.
In addition to new WhyHotel locations planned in Arlington, the company announced Monday that it will partner with The Meridian Group and Kettler to operate a “pop up” hotel in The Boro (8395 Greensboro Drive). Up to 150 residential units will be used as WhyHotel rentals. Guests will be able to stay in the units starting late summer or early fall next year.
The new WhyHotel spaces will be located in Rise, a 27-story luxury high-rise apartment building scheduled to open sometime in 2019.
Image via The Meridian Group