A first look at the new Hilton, Quebec

Hilton Quebec is nearing the completion of a $70 million dollar renovation and is on track to reopen in January 2021.

The renovation represents the most significant investment the property has experienced as confirmed by the hotel owner, the Canadian company InnVest Hotels. “It is with great excitement that we are rapidly approaching the re-opening of property, our investment in the Hilton Quebec highlights our continued support of this amazing hotel, their team and our confidence in the Quebec City market” James Wolfe, vice president asset management of InnVest Hotels, said.

Major investment has been made in the digital infrastructure and now Hilton Quebec is ready to meet the needs of today's customers, particularly by hosting events in a hybrid format, for both on-site and remote participants.


Incentive programmes at the ready as The Langley Reopens on 3 December

To celebrate the hotel’s re-opening and the welcoming of guests for the first time since March, guests can take advantage of The Langley’s ‘Quintessentially English’ package.

This includes a bottle of champagne on arrival, use of the world-class spa facilities and complimentary English breakfast. The experience is priced from £435 a night.


Barbican Business Events enhances training offering with half day packages

Following a significant increase in demand, the Barbican has expanded its meeting and event packages to include a half-day DDR, specifically created for trainers and training companies.

“Trainers and training companies are a key part of our market, having historically used the Barbican’s many flexible spaces for both full and multi-day events. However, due to our extensive work to ensure we are a COVID-secure venue for events of up to 30 people, we have recently seen a significant increase in enquiries for shorter events,” comments Barbican Business Events’ business development manager, Glenn Mainwaring said. “To support our clients, we have developed a simple half-day DDR package that recognises the unique needs of trainers for an all-inclusive and comprehensive venue solution. This allows them to focus on the delivery of their content and training materials rather than worry about the specifics of event logistics."

The half-day packages complement the Barbican’s full DDR training packages. Half-day packages start from £35+VATpp, full-day packages from £55+VATpp and include venue hire, basic AV and catering.


First Engelberg 5-star Luxury Hotel to be Managed by Kempinski Hotels

Kempinski Palace Engelberg in the Titlis Swiss Alps, which is nearing completion, will welcome guests from spring 2021.

From spring next year, guests at Kempinski Palace Engelberg can look forward to 129 rooms and suites made of high-quality materials, a range of gastronomy and a spa and wellness area with an infinity pool on 880 sqm on the top floor of the luxury hotel with a panoramic view over Engelberg.

Historical features of the former building dating from 1904 were preserved in close cooperation with the monument conservation authorities. With its special flair, the historic Kursaal, for example, has been integrated functionally and architecturally into the building ensemble – certainly another drawcard for the attractive Engelberg tourist region. The lively destination is easily and conveniently accessible by car or train or via Zurich airport, both in summer and winter.


The Grimaldi Forum Monaco obtains its 5th ISO 14001 certification

Certified for the first time in 2008, the Grimaldi Forum Monaco was one of the first European convention centres at the time to obtain the certification. Twelve years later, the Principality’s Centre de Congrès et de Culture just successfully passed its 5th annual environmental audit.

All lights are green! With the fundamental objective since 2008 unchanged – to reduce the impact of the building maintenance and events activity taking place there that has an impact on the environment, the Grimaldi Forum Monaco is constantly optimising its environmental management system. This is based on continuous improvement, focusing on optimised and sustainable water management, energy management, the sorting and recycling of its waste, an ecologically responsible purchasing policy, good risk management and active communications.
,br> Sylvie Biancheri, managing director of the GFM said: “Every audit enables us to go even further and this one, which covers the period 2017-2020, is confirmation that the Grimaldi Forum is more efficient than ever, despite years of constant growth with absolutely record-breaking activity in 2018 and 2019, and despite the health crisis and the slowdown in event activity which is disrupting 2020”.


The Standard, London introduces its brand new event spaces

The Standard, London has announced the launch of its newest venture: The Standard Townhouse which opened in October.

The meetings and events spaces is set across floors 8 and 9 of the hotel.

In restriction-free times, the 8th floor can accommodate up to 60 guests and the 9th floor has room for 12-40 guests or up to 100 if the entire floor is used as one space.


Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre launches ‘The Studio’ with Gothia Towers

The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre (Svenska Mässan) and Gothia Towers have opened a second studio, aptly named 'The Studio', for digital and hybrid meetings.

The Studio is a visualisation suite specially designed for presentations, corporate pitches, product launches and streaming sessions.

“Live broadcasts and filming meetings is nothing new for us – it is in fact tried-and-tested technology. The intention has always been to use The Studio specifically as a TV studio, even though prior to the pandemic it was primarily used as a showroom, where we could visualise and present different meeting solutions,” says Benny Karlsson, VP sales & marketing at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers.

The Studio is strategically located adjacent to other rooms and exhibition halls, allowing more people and different groups to participate in a meeting from different, socially distanced locations at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers.


The Royal Horticultural Halls supersede COVID‐19 measures

The operations team has been working tirelessly to implement and supersede the Covid‐19 industry-standard practices suggested by the Government and can now also host hybrid events in a variety of formats having doubled WiFi capability.

The additional steps include venue staff working in bubbles to reduce risk, staff and client’s welfare facilities have been separated and a one‐way system will be in operation in the venue and back of the house to ensure distancing is maintained for clients and guests.

Plus: Covid-assured risk assessments put in place plus individual schemes of work for each event. Clients will be required to provide Covid specific risk assessment in addition to their normal H&S documentation and Temperature‐monitoring terminal installed within the Lindley Hall which also detects mask-wearing.


British Motor Museum announces hybrid event partnership

To ensure it is well equipped to meet the increase in demand, Warwickshire-based conferencing and event venue, the British Motor Museum has announced a new partnership with event planning and AV specialist, Showman Event Support.

"Coronavirus has had a severe impact on the UK and with many businesses turning to digital services such as Zoom and Google Hangouts to keep in touch with colleagues and clients, how we interact with others on a day-to-day basis has changed considerably," said Charlotte Dawes, senior sales manager at the British Motor Museum.

"Whilst we identified a growing trend in hybrid events pre-Covid, we anticipate the importance for venues to have the right technology and infrastructure in place to deliver these types of events moving forward, will become a key requisite for organisers."


A taste of Hawaii

Island Style Innovations, a Hawai‘i destination management company, has launched the Ka‘ana (to share) Collection, a new meetings and events experience that allows participants to connect with Hawai‘i’s most sought-after presenters, chefs, musicians and cultural practitioners from anywhere in the world.

The collection offers a customisable series of exclusive live-streamed sessions as well as a selection of local gifts.

“Not only are we safely bringing authentic Hawai‘i experiences to many people who are unable to travel right now, but we are also providing valuable opportunities for Hawai‘i professionals, artists, entertainers and chefs to continue to share their talents during this challenging time,” Island Style Innovations Partner Colleen Reyes said.