Kew Green Hotels expands into South East Asia with seven properties in Thailand

Kew Green Hotels is set to expand into the South East Asia market, launching seven properties, with four under the Wyndham Hotels & Resorts brand umbrella in Bangkok, Thailand in 2021.

Kew Green Hotels will launch four properties in Bangkok in early 2021: The Wyndham Queen Convention Centre, Wyndham Garden Sukhumvit 42, Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Sukhumvit 48 and Ramada by Wyndham Sukhumvit 87.

The Wyndham Queen Convention Centre Hotel & Residences is of particular interest to event planners. With 120 rooms and suites, it is conveniently located 50 metres from Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre MRT station.


Fujisan Mishima Tokyu Hotel opens its doors

On 30 June, Fujisan Mishima Tokyu Hotel officially opened in Mishima, 40 minutes outside of Tokyo.

The 195-bedroom, five-star property is located close to Mount Fuji and is easily accessible from Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka via the Shinkansen (bullet train).

Thanks to its location, Fujisan Mishima Tokyu Hotel makes an ideal property for delegates travelling between destinations and for corporate incentive travellers wishing to explore Mount Fuji.


Boutique hotel brand, Hotel Indigo, opens first hotel in Cyprus

IHG Hotels & Resorts has opened its first branded boutique hotel in Cyprus - Hotel Indigo Larnaca.

Centrally located and within walking distance from the beach, the property features 40 bedrooms, rooftop pool and Kampana Pool Bar. The regionally inspired onsite restaurant, Avli, and the Oinotelia wine bar, are conveniently situated on the ground floor and are a destination for locals, tourists, and guests.


ACC Liverpool launches A-Z of Covid-19 commitments

ACC Liverpool has issued new operational guidelines as part of its commitment to get events back up and running as soon as government restrictions are lifted. This follows three months of the venue operating as a food and PPE distribution centre.

The document, entitled Rediscover Events, aims to reassure event organisers and visitors of the measures taken to ensure that the campus offers a safe environment for bringing organised events and large numbers of delegates back together again.

It includes an A-Z of Covid-19 secure operational plans; key steps that The ACC Liverpool Group has already started to put into practice in response to the challenges to the event industry brought about by the pandemic.

Measures include providing a Covid-secure delegate journey - whilst working with organisers to tailor solutions to each individual event - providing virtual and hybrid content solutions; adapted food and drink experiences; one-way delegate movement systems and virtual venue tours during the planning process.


Accor signs first Tribe hotel in the Netherlands

Accor has announced a franchise agreement with WIN Hotels for the first TRIBE hotel in the Netherlands.

The hotel will be located in the newly developed area on Gare-du-Nord in Amsterdam-North, next to the Noord metro station on the North-South line. The new 192 bedroom four-star hotel is set to open its doors in summer 2021.

“We have been committed to bringing Tribe to Amsterdam since Accor launched the brand last year,” Accor Northern Europe COO, Thomas Dubaere said. “Tribe is a new kind of hotel, a lifestyle hotel brand that promises to engage modern travellers and disrupt the market. Amsterdam is a perfect fit for the brand.”


Live from Tobacco Dock, the brand-new hybrid events solution

Tobacco Dock has launched Live from Tobacco Dock, a hybrid event solution. Offering a ‘plug and play’ package, with a 16m LED screen, studio-quality AV and an experienced production team, Live from Tobacco Dock helps organisers reach their audience with as many engagement opportunities for virtual participants as for those in physical attendance.

‘As well as having 57 event spaces to choose from, we’ve five separate entrances, meaning visitors can safely enter and exit the venue with no need to congregate,’ said Jonathan Read, Tobacco Dock’s commercial director. ‘Our ample outdoor space and wide walkways mean that one-way systems can easily be put in place and behavioural signage can keep attendees mindful of social distancing. We even have a 500-plus space car park opposite so guests can drive right to the doorstep.”


Villa Copenhagen adds string to city’s venue bow

When open, Villa Copenhagen will be a new social scene in the city that aims to bring the past, present and future together.

Formerly the Danish post and Telegraph office, the property is now a luxury hotel with extensive meetings facilities.

These include Square, an event space for up to 1200 people and the adjoining eight studios provide a sense of history and importance when hosting everything from big events, conferences or intimate meetings.


Pan Pacific London moves opening date to early 2021

Pan Pacific London, a luxury hotel, has announced it will delay opening until early 2021.

Anne Golden, general manager at Pan Pacific London, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the world of travel and hospitality to an abrupt standstill. Every opening is a challenge and as we ride through COVID-19, this is certainly a new one we’re facing.

“Gradually, and in line with directives from local authorities, construction operations are now continuing on-site and early 2021 is a realistic timeframe for opening. Despite the delay, the hotel is well advanced and will grow into a formidable hospitality player in the UK.”

Pan Pacific London, which marks Pan Pacific Hotels Group’s first outpost in Europe, will be the city’s new landmark tower just across from Liverpool Street Station.


A selection of Hamburg hotels reopen to guests

As part of the easing of coronavirus restrictions across Germany, hotels in Hamburg are now open.

“The teams across our city’s hotels have worked hard to ensure that they’re business ready – not just in terms of meeting German State health and safety requirements, but also ensuring that guest and staff wellbeing remains a top priority,” Florian Gerdes, marketing manager conventions, at the Hamburg Convention Bureau, said.

Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, Grand Elysee Hamburg and Fraser Suites Hamburg all reopened their doors to guests in late May with strict safety procedures.


Bento boxes and hybrid set-ups: Kempinski Hotels offer ‘new’ way of meeting

To lower the risk for event planners and to add a layer of security, Kempinski Hotels is enhancing its set-ups by focusing on health and safety protocols, social distancing arrangements, as well as adaptations in food and beverage service.

Reducing points of contacts, new room and seating configurations respecting the minimum distance between delegate and the allowed number of delegates per square metre, keeping tables apart, putting floor markings to indicate social distancing from each other, disinfected pens and bottles are only a few measures taken by Kempinski Hotels without compromising on quality and sophisticated service combined with authenticity and personal care.

“We are in the process of learning to navigate the new set-up which requires extensive planning and willingness by all our teams to adapt fast”, says Amanda Elder, CCO and member of the management board of Kempinski Hotels.