MarBella Collection announces the opening of its third property for 2020

Opening in June 2020, MarBella Elix is a new five-star property in a lesser-known area of Greece.

As the third hotel to join the MarBella Collection portfolio and the brand’s first property outside of the island of Corfu, MarBella Elix will be located above Karavostasi Beach in the Parga region, looking west towards Corfu and Paxos.


Event Wi-Fi company noba partners with Magazine London

Event Wi-Fi company noba has partnered with brand new Venue Lab space, Magazine London, to provide Wi-Fi as part of a three-year deal. Purpose-built Magazine London, which opened its doors this September, boasts over 24,000sqm of indoor and outdoor space and is the largest of its kind in London.

The venue is based on the Greenwich Peninsula and has panoramic views of the Canary Wharf skyline. The venue has already hosted events for Jack Morton, FIFA EA Games and SAP in its opening month. noba has invested in a state-of-the-art wireless network capable of supporting circa 4,000 users to support large scale events with high demand for connectivity at the venue.


Bateaux London releases its new Christmas party packages

Bateaux London is launching impressive party packages onboard its two London boats: River Room and Glass Room.

For shared parties of more than 10 or exclusive private charter, Bateaux London’s River Room, with London’s largest floating open-air deck, affords the backdrop the city.

The Glass Room provides elegance for Christmas parties with bespoke oak cladding, luxurious finishes and an all-glass structure, the unparalleled views of the river are the perfect backdrop for events of all sizes this season. A flexible space, Glass Room can accommodate 160 seated guests in the main dining area and up to 300 guests at a standing reception.


Merlin Events roll out Big Bus Tours partnership for Christmas parties

Merlin Events has teamed up with Big Bus Tours this Christmas to help party attendees get to their venues while taking in the London sights.

Matt Worthington at Merlin Events, said: “Our event spaces offer a private experience in some of London’s most famous landmarks. This advanced partnership with Big Bus tours goes towards enhancing that experience, while at the same time making it easier and more memorable for guests getting to their party.”

While Merlin’s sites are well-located and already benefit from brilliant public transport links, the objective is to ensure they offer as many solutions and enable organisers to make transport an integral part of the event for guests.

Merlin Events Venues: Madame Tussauds, London Dungeon, Shrek’s Adventure London, Sea Life London Aquarium, Coca-Cola London Eye and Movies at Madame Tussauds.


New tactics at Chelsea with launch of 90-minute conferences

A new 90-minute conference package is set to be trialled by Events at Club Chelsea to cater for the shorter attention spans of modern delegates.

The rapid adoption of communication technology and exposure to increasing volumes of information has been affecting the human concentration span for several years. And with studies showing that working in bursts of around 90 minutes improves productivity, Events at Club Chelsea has drawn on its football heritage to launch the new short format conferences.

Conference organisers will receive a special match day package, including a referee’s whistle to kick off proceedings and keep speakers to time, red and yellow cards to keep delegates in order and linesman’s flags to signal any offside behaviour.


Phyllis Court Members Club achieves Venues of Excellence accreditation

Phyllis Court Members Club is the latest location to achieve the Venue of Excellence accreditation, adding to the consortium’s premium portfolio.

Assessors recognised the high-quality facilities which include 18 acres of land down to the river, five versatile function rooms, a modern fitness centre, fine-dining restaurants with bespoke menus and well-appointed riverside accommodation comprising 17 individually-styled bedrooms.

Phyllis Court has five function rooms, ideal for conferences, meetings and events, that can accommodate between 25 and 300 delegates.


The Verkehrsbüro Group is expanding its hotel portfolio in Vienna

The Verkehrsbüro Group is expanding its hotel portfolio with the new young and urban brand BASSENA.

The given name specifies the character and positioning. Starting in the spring of 2020, the upper-class city hotel BASSENA will open its 245 rooms with a new look and feel at the former location of the Austria Trend Hotel Messe Prater Wien.

Highlights of the new ven include spacious king-size beds, handy minibar, coffee machine and electric kettle, digital guest directory, HD flat-screen TV with Google Chromecast and flexible work opportunities.


Kempinski Hotels announce expansion plans with 100 new hotels opening by 2021

The Kempinski Group is focusing on international expansion as part of its strategic planning.

The hotel chain expects to have more than 100 luxury hotels in operation around the globe by 2021. In the next 12 months alone, nine new hotels with a total of 1,961 rooms and suites will open their doors: three of them in the Caribbean and one hotel in Tel Aviv, Tbilisi, Bangkok, Guangzhou, Brazzaville and Almaty respectively.

"By acquiring real estate, we benefit from the increase in value instead of paying money for management contracts," said Martin R. Smura, chief executive officer and chairman of the management board.

"We have set ourselves ambitious goals to expand the portfolio of Kempinski Hotels with additional flagship hotels. This selective growth is focused on acquiring highly regarded hotels that will make a valuable contribution to our brand. We, therefore, select only those hotels that meet our brand values and thus the highest quality standards of our guests."


Hyatt has announced the opening of Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin

Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin will feature 234 rooms, including nine spacious suites.

The new hotel will also offer a central meeting and event venue with 371sqm of flexible meeting and events space, as well as a dedicated and experienced events team.

The meeting rooms offer state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, including LCD projectors and electronic screens, as well as on-site tech support. Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin offers everything in one place making it a convenient choice for conferences.


ACE Hotels is set to open a boutique property in Sydney in 2021

Ace Hotel announces their first Australian property with Ace Hotel Sydney, slated to open in 2021.

Opening in the Surry Hills neighbourhood in a part historic, part new build structure built around Tyne House, one of Sydney’s original brick structures. Ace Hotel Sydney will feature 264 rooms, a ground floor lobby bar, restaurant and cafe, as well as a rooftop bar and restaurant.

Inspired by the abundance of natural flora, the city’s rich history as a welcoming hub and its generous quality of life, the hotel stands as a unique intersection of culture, commerce, art and community gathering.