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CitySuites opens second aparthotel, CitySuites II, in Manchester City Centre

CitySuites has unveiled its second aparthotel, CitySuites II, in Manchester City Centre. Offering a modern classic experience, CitySuites II occupies a prime location in Embankment West in the heart of Manchester’s central business district.

Complete with 142 apartments, from studios up to three-bedroom apartments, each has been mindfully designed to combine the luxury touches of a hotel with the space, privacy, and comfort of home. Under the roof of CitySuites II are five ultra-luxurious penthouses, occupying the top three floors of the aparthotel and offering the most exceptional, unparalleled sanctuary and service in the city.

Community spaces include The Lounge, a spacious open-plan area overlooking Embarkment West courtyard. As well as CitySuites’ plush Embankment Kitchen, CitySuites has opened its spacious Embankment Café serving a variety of speciality coffees, sandwiches, and alcoholic drinks.

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New MICE option on Japan’s Okinawa island to open in 2022

Located in the southern tip of Japan's Okinawa Island and 20 minutes from Naha airport, is the fisherman city of Itoman, set to welcome the opening of Ryukyu Hotel & Resort Nashiro Beach in 2022.

The new luxury resort will be located on a 50,000 square metre plot facing a sandy beach and seas. With two 11-storey towers and 443 guest rooms all with ocean views and Ryukyu-inspired interiors and artwork, the resort will offer a wide range of facilities and services such as nine restaurants and bars, six swimming pools, including a flowing water pool and a kids' pool, a chapel, a gym and a beauty treatment salon.

The resort will be an option for MICE travellers looking to combine business and incentives, with three banquet halls boasting the latest technology, foyer and garden - the ideal setting for events accommodating up to 2,000 people.

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Science Museum extends exclusive hire opportunity until June 2022

The Science Museum in South Kensington has extended the option to hire the entire museum for a full day on either a Monday or Tuesday, or both, until June 2022. The museum takeover opportunity means clients can hire multiple spaces across the museum during the daytime, including the revamped IMAX: The Ronson Theatre, dedicated events space Illuminate, and the galleries, which were previously only available for evening hire.
br> Jack Adam, head of delivery for the Future Tech Forum, said: “The Science Museum is a fascinating venue in which to hold events, and our event was only made possible by the ability to secure exclusive use of the Museum on a Monday and Tuesday given the type of audience we invited to attend (e.g., Government Ministers) and because it was an invite-only event.”

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Hilton Birmingham Metropole tailors events offering for overnight stays

More than 600 rooms at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole have been upgraded and adapted as part of the venue’s multi-million-pound refurbishment.

The hotel, located in the NEC estate, offers flexibility for meetings and events clients, with a range of bedroom options connected to conference suites and meetings spaces. Hilton Birmingham Metropole can also be divided into multiple sections, allowing organisers to hire areas of the hotel exclusively, ensuring convenience for guests, simplicity for organisers and security for meetings.

“We have a very close relationship with our customers, and we understand their needs. We can now offer everything from our suites through to a variety of bedroom options, ensuring that we have something for everyone,” said Hilton Birmingham Metropole general manager, Nicola Underhill.

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Somerset House opens ‘The art of breaking the rules’ exhibition for corporate fun

Corporates can indulge in their rebellious side at this new major exhibition at Somerset House from 21 October until 6 March 2022. Created to commemorate 70 years since Beano’s top mayhem-maker Dennis the menace first graced the pages of the world’s longest-running weekly comic, a wealth of artists from fiction writers, musicians, and visual artists have pushed their creative boundaries for this original spectacle, curated by artist and lifelong Beano fan, Andy Holden.

Guests can tap into their inner child with a virtual catapult slinging rotten tomatoes at some of the world’s most recognisable pieces of art and choose a track for the show on the jukebox compiled by Bob Stanley from indie dance band St. Etienne. Artist Nicola Lane has created a brand-new strip for the show reimagining, Dennis, as a 70-year-old and Peter Liversidge, whose patchwork of signs thanking the NHS and keyworkers went viral last year, invites viewers into his interactive workspace.

Organisers can book morning or evening events in the Embankment Galleries and augment them with private views of the exhibition and guided tours.

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Te Pae Christchurch strikes gold with sustainable operations

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre has achieved the Toitū enviromark gold certification ahead of its December opening.

The Toitū enviromark programme has been tailored for New Zealand businesses so they can establish, implement, and maintain an effective environmental management system.

General Manager Ross Steele said to receive Toitū enviromark gold was a huge achievement for the team. “From the outset the Te Pae Christchurch team has been committed to sustainable operations and taking positive environmental action. We are exceptionally proud to reach this milestone in our pre-opening phase, particularly given how challenging the past few months have been.”

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The Celtic Collection unveils new luxury hotel in the heart of Cardiff

The Celtic Collection has launched the latest property in its portfolio, The Parkgate Hotel in Cardiff which will open its doors to business and leisure guests in October 2021.

Housed in original heritage buildings that once housed the city’s head post office and county court, the 170-bedroom Parkgate Hotel is located in the city centre next to Principality Stadium, the home of Welsh rugby.

As well as a restaurant, tea lounges and a rooftop spa, The Parkgate Hotel has two event spaces, The Postmaster Suite and The Telegraph Room. Holding up to 432 delegates, The Postmaster Suite is suitable for hosting larger meetings and dinners and benefits from its own private pre-event bar area. The room can also be divided into smaller spaces.

The Telegraph Room is a private space ideal for intimate lunches, dinners and board meetings. The room, which is decorated with exposed brick and dark wood floors, can host up to 50 people and has an open view of the kitchen where guests can watch the chefs preparing their meal.

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The Belfry Offers New Outdoor Facilities for Meetings, Events and Team Building

The Belfry Hotel & Resort, in Royal Sutton Coldfield, North Warwickshire, has launched an outdoor bar area and team building facilities, both available for exclusive use for meetings, events, and conferences.

The resort’s new facilities include “The 19th Green” an outdoor bar situated on the old 18th hole of The Belfry’s iconic PGA National course and the Toptracer Range at the resort’s PGA Golf Academy. Toptracer Range offers guests with any level of golfing experience a chance to enjoy a range of games and activities with their colleagues or fellow delegates.

The newly refurbished PGA Golf Academy offers an extensive bar area offering light bites and refreshments and new VIP suite. The driving range is ideal for groups and team building activities with in-bay technology that allows you to set up team challenges, tasks, and competitions, including a personalised scoreboard for all to see.

Alternatively, guests can compete against each other on the Ryder Legends Mini Golf Course, 12 holes of competitive fun through miniature versions of some of the most iconic holes in Ryder Cup history.

For those looking for something a little different, The Belfry’s Bel Air Nightclub has also reopened and is available for corporate exclusive use. With outside space overlooking the famous 10th hole of The Brabazon, the club offers state-of-the-art sound and lighting and is a versatile space suitable for a range of events, from simple networking drinks to fashion catwalks and mini-festivals.

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Refurbished Queen Sirikit National Convention Center will reopen in September

The new Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC) is scheduled to reopen in 2022 with five times more space.

The new QSNCC will provide a total event space of 78,500 sqm, two main exhibition halls with over 45,000 sqm, two large conference halls with nearly 10,000 sqm, 50 flexible meeting rooms and additional retail zone, plus fully equipped technologies. Its accessibility to the Metropolitan Rapid Transit (MRT) and the 2,700 indoor parking spaces make the QSNCC the most convenient center in CBD.

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Sandals Resorts adds Sandals Royal Curacao to its portfolio

Sandals Royal Curacao has opened its doors and is taking bookings now for stays in April 2022.

The 351 luxurious room and suite resort is Sandals Resort 16th property. The resort will include two new signature suite categories, 38,000sqft of indoor and outdoor meetings and event space, nine on-site restaurant options and Sandals' first floating restaurant and bar.

For incentive programme guests there are two on-site marinas and 70 dive sites, a neighbouring 18-hole Pete Dye championship golf course and extensive spa facilities.

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