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Southbank Centre's venues reopen after two years

Following over two years of refurbishment and redesign Southbank Centre’s iconic Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room arts venues are now back open and available for unique, bespoke event hire. The historic 1960s venues and spaces have been re-launched with fresh new features, design and increased capacities for commercial hire for wide-ranging events, joining the Hayward Gallery which reopened in January 2018. Clients will now be able to hire the very sites that have staged performances and events by legendary names over the past fifty years such as David Bowie, Pink Floyd, J.K Rowling and Vivienne Westwood.

The Pearl Rotana opens in Abu Dhabi

Rotana has opened The Pearl Rotana hotel at the popular business district, Capital Centre, as part of a growing portfolio of properties. Pearl Rotana is a modern-designed hotel located in the hub of the city, across from Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), 20 minutes from the airport and in close proximity to all the main attractions.Pearl Rotana offers 315 rooms and seven modern fully-equipped meeting and board rooms with the latest audio-visual equipment, it will also act as a popular MICE hotel for International guests.

Ikos Resorts acquires Costa Del Sol Princess

Ikos Resorts, a fast-growing collection of luxury all-inclusive resorts, has announced the acquisition of the hotel Costa Del Sol Princess, in Estepona on Spain's Costa Del Sol, following a total investment of £150 million. Ikos Andalusia is scheduled to open in May 2020 and aims to become Spain’s leading luxury all-inclusive resort. Set on a unique beachfront site in Estepona, close to Marbella and less than a 60-minute drive from Malaga Airport, Ikos Andalusia will provide more than 400 luxury rooms and suites amidst 70,000 m2 of beautifully landscaped gardens and leisure facilities. The hotel will also lie alongside 14,000m2 of white sandy beach.

The Principal London opens its doors

The Principal London has opened following an extensive restoration. The landmark building, which overlooks London’s Russell Square, was originally designed by Charles Fitzroy Doll in 1898. It has 334 bedrooms and suites, ranging from City singles and guest rooms to 39 suites, including the two-bedroom Principal suite, which enjoys views of Russell Square and connects to a one-bedroom suite. Opening over the course of May and June, on the lower-ground floor, will be eight additional meetings and events spaces which can accommodate up to 100 delegates. Due for completion early summer is the hotel’s original grade II listed ballroom with its own private entrance on Bernard Street. As part of the £85 million refurbishment the ballroom has been carefully restored and is set to become a sought after Central London venue,It will hold up to 450 delegates for a reception and 260 guests banquet-style.

New floating hotel to open in Dubai

After being docked at Port Rashid for over 10 years, the Queen Elizabeth 2 is set to open as a floating hotel. The retired cruise liner turned hotel will feature 13 decks with four refurbished rooms and suites, 13 food and beverage venues, 25 meeting and conference facilities and a number of retail shops. Hamza Mustafa, CEO of PCFC Hotels said: "To finally open the QE2 is a dream come true for my team and I. It is one of Dubai’s most highly anticipated projects and we know that a lot of people are going to be very excited to see her for the first time, or to step back on board the vessel that created so many wonderful memories during her 40 years at sea."

Scranchester Tours to reveal tasty tales

A new company called Scranchester Tours has started multi-stop tours that aim to reveal Manchester’s untold food and drink stories - while showcasing the places Mancunians love to eat. The weekly 'Eat the City' tour promises eight tastings over a 3.5-4 hour period and will include historical titbits such as the story of Ancoats Little Italy ice cream vendors, the Victorian mill worker diet and the region's role as the birthplace of vegetarianism. A spokesperson said: “Scranchester tours will take you on a multi-stop food tour of England’s greatest industrial city. Our tours reveal the food and drink stories of the original modern city. We want to teach you about the city we love and take you to the places we love to eat.”

Tyneside treats on offer at Hancock Museum

A leading North East visitor attraction has created a menu of Tyneside-inspired delicacies in honour of the Museum’s part in Great Exhibition of the North. As part of the event, from 22 June to 9 September Newcastle’s Great North Museum: Hancock will exhibit attractions such as astronaut Helen Sharman’s space suit and the last piano played by John Lennon. And a special treat is in store for corporate visitors to the museum, who can not only enjoy a privileged, after-hours viewing of the exhibition and a talk by a curator, but also sample some traditional North East cuisine. The museum’s catering and events partner, Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events, has created two corporate packages for businesses and event organisers keen to give their colleagues, clients or guests an evening to remember.

Video wall arrives at Corinthia Hotel Prague

An ultra large video wall has been installed in Corinthia Hotel Prague’s premier conference space – the Bellevue Hall – making it the only installation of its kind in the city. The 14 x 2.8 metre screen has no frame or borders and can carry anything from a still background image to Powerpoint pictures and live video camera streams. “It’s the ultimate, versatile AV system for the most demanding clients,” said Corinthia Hotel Prague general manager Eric Pere. The Bellevue Conference Hall is on the 24th floor of the hotel and can accommodate 300 theatre style, 250 for a reception, 180 when configured as a classroom and 170 for a banquet.

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