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.”


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.


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.


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.


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.


The Grand Hotel Birmingham opens its doors

First opening in 1879. the Grand Hotel Birmingham has once again open its doors to guests following a total refurbishment and update.

Dubbed the city’s ‘sleeping beauty’, the Grade II listed hotel boast 185 bedrooms and suites, including a two-bedroom penthouse apartment; the Madeleine cocktail bar; a neighbourhood brasserie; and ten meeting and event spaces, including the stunning Grand Ballroom.

Partners in the restoration of the hotel include Hortons Estate, Birmingham City Council, Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP, and Finance Birmingham.


Make Venues continues to support UK vaccination programme

Make Venues, in partnership with its parent group, Make UK, has received plaudits across both the hospitality and the manufacturing industries, as the organisation continues its support for the UK-wide Vaccination Programme.

Make Venues, has remained open during the pandemic, supporting the training and development of critical care workers. Most recently, St John Ambulance worked with the business as part of its effort to train thousands of volunteers in support of the Covid Vaccinator Programme.

The programme, which is the largest training programme and deployment of St John resources in its history, was carried out at Engineers’ House, the group’s Bristol-based venue. Working with St John Ambulance, the venue was able to support the organisation in training 1,000 volunteers over a six-week period.


Woolwich Works – London’s newest event and creative district – announces official launch date

Spanning historic industrial buildings on the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich, London, the landmark new event and culture hub will open its doors on 23 September 2021.

Woolwich Works has transformed five historic Grade II and Grade II listed buildings on the Royal Arsenal into what is set to become a new space for events and the arts. The multi-million-pound council-led project will provide extensive event and conference facilities across seven flexible spaces with a maximum capacity of 1,200 in theatre style.

Woolwich Works will provide events buyers with a creative new space, featuring strong links to the arts and culture. Woolwich Works is easily accessed from central London, docklands, London City Airport and major road networks.

“After a long wait we are ready to welcome people through our doors, conduct site visits and start planning events," said Justicia Adjei, Woolwich Works event sales manager: “Woolwich works has fantastic facilities, great access and creative links that will make it the ideal venue for clients from both the corporate and association sides of the market. Whether it be a dinner, award ceremony, large scale conference or smaller meeting we have the capability to deliver and are particularly lucky to have invested heavily in the technology necessary to run hybrid events.”


Venue Lab signs exclusive partnership with WeWork

Venue Lab, a Broadwick Group Company, has announced two new spaces will be available to hire for the very first time, at two Central London WeWork locations. Presented in conjunction with WeWork, the leading flexible space provider, The Chapel at Aviation House and 16th Floor at 10 York Road strikes a balance between corporate and private event hire.

Jemma Scott, newly appointed as head of agency at Venue Lab said: “I am thrilled that we are collaborating with WeWork to provide exclusive access to these incredible spaces for private hire events. Venue Lab are the market leaders in developing new and unexplored spaces, growing them into thriving event venues whilst delivering exceptional experiences for our clients. Combining our expertise with WeWork’s varied portfolio is incredibly exciting for everyone.” The Chapel at Aviation House is set inside a Grade II listed building opposite Holborn Tube Station. Self-contained and set across two floors, the upper level provides the ideal space to deliver large-scale presentations, award ceremonies, panel discussions, drinks receptions and off-site meetings for up to 100 guests.

Located next to Waterloo Station, 16th Floor at 10 York Road, sits on the South Bank of the River Thames. WeWork’s flagship office space is high-tech and versatile with sleek, modern furnishings and floor-to-ceiling glass windows. The venue has an outdoor terrace with 180-degree views of the River Thames and London’s skyline.


Residence Inn by Marriott announced opening of its first hotel in UAE

Residence Inn by Marriott, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, has announced its debut of the longer stay brand in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with the opening of Residence Inn by Marriott Al Jaddaf.

Featuring 134 modern residential suites, many of which boast private terraces and impressive views, Residence Inn by Marriott Al Jaddaf offers travellers a ‘home-away-from-home experience. The spacious studios, one and two-bedroom suites, and three-bedroom duplex suites, all have full kitchens, large bathrooms, serene sleeping areas, and separate living and working spaces. Each well-appointed suite is thoughtfully designed to give guests a sense of openness to live without constraints.


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