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London’s Tobacco Dock gears up for hybrid events and conferences

Developed in partnership with Sansar, Tobacco Dock Virtual recreates the iconic London venue in minute detail, from the sweeping staircases to the cavernous event spaces. The fully immersive, virtual event venue provides a pandemic-proof platform to host exhibitions, conferences, brand activations, product launches and seminars.

Sansar is making its platform available on mobile, MAC, tablet, PC, or VR through the Sansar app or any browser - without need for specialist equipment - making events at Tobacco Dock Virtual accessible regardless of location, and across a wide range of technologies and devices.

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Residential brand STAY introduces corporate subscription schemes for business travellers

Residential brand STAY launches its new corporate subscription programme. The model is designed to accommodate the new generation of business traveller in search of high-quality accommodation to live, work and stay.

Born in response to the change in demands of corporate travel needs, ‘All You Can STAY’ allows companies who want to optimise their employee travel costs, fix rates and secure a flexible term and guaranteed inventory across a minimum 12 month period. Clients can benefit from high-quality accommodation in STAY Camden’s apartments, combining the comfort of a home, the luxuries of a boutique hotel, and the convenience of one’s working and digital needs.

Sam Ghosh, Vice President of Operations for STAY comments: “We’re incredibly excited to announce our new travel programme for our corporate guests. The current global shift in work culture – from office to home to anywhere – is a trend well covered in the media. We at STAY want to respond to this new reality by creating this exciting new subscription-based business model - a first for the serviced apartment sector.”

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Lime Venue Portfolio and The Venues Collection launches Your Virtual Events

Lime Venue Portfolio and The Venues Collection are partnering to offer customers a virtual and hybrid event concept available through selected venues within their portfolios. ‘Your Virtual Events’ will provide specialist expertise for live, hybrid and virtual events, but also those that need to transfer from live to online at a moment’s notice.

Your Virtual Events is tailored for both in-house event organisers and third-party agencies and offers a collaborative approach to event management. The partnership has the experience to create in-house meetings, webinars, hybrid events, virtual conferences, as well as the capability to ‘flip’ live events to virtual ones, even with short of lead times.

Between Lime Venue Portfolio and The Venues Collection, the businesses have brought in virtual event specialists to guide organisers, still new to virtual and hybrid experiences, through the world of online event management.

“We’ve built up a really solid reputation for our diverse venues and our food experiences, and while we’re a ‘face-to-face-first’ business, right now our customers need us to help them facilitate virtual and hybrid experiences within our venues. This is where Your Virtual Events came from,” comments Jo Austin, sales director of both Lime Venue Portfolio and The Venues Collection.

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Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River opens its doors

Occupying 200 metres the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River has 299 guest rooms, including suites with garden terraces. The hotel will also introduce modern meeting and function spaces, including a riverfront Grand Ballroom with expansive outdoor terrace; and world-class entertainment offerings along the hotel's waterfront promenade featuring an array of restaurants and bars.

The hotel grounds are arranged around a series of cascading green courtyards and various open spaces, affording an array of views.

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Sandals Resorts announces expansion to Curacao

Sandals Resorts International announced today the signing of an agreement that will bring Sandals Resorts to the Santa Barbara Resort on the island of Curaçao.

Conceptual plans for the resort include adding new pools, a variety of dining options and more accommodations, including newly constructed River Suites. Guests will also have access to the neighbouring 18-hole Pete Dye championship golf course, two onsite marinas and 38,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, the largest on the island.

Sandals Resorts International founder and chairman, the Hon. Gordon "Butch" Stewart, along with deputy chairman Adam Stewart, said: "It has been our distinct pleasure to work alongside the government of Curaçao and the Smeets family on this exciting new endeavour for the Sandals brand.

“We wish to express our deepest gratitude to Roald Smeets, who has been instrumental to this process and absolutely delightful to work with. We plan to do more than our part to raise the world's appreciation of this beautiful country.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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