Melia launches sustainable Serengeti Lodge

Meliá Serengeti Lodge, Meliá Hotels International’s first sustainability focused hotel has just opened in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, on the western border of Lake Victoria. The property is positioned on the natural terraces of the southern slopes of Nyamuma, offering views of the Mbalageti River valley. Approximately 45 per cent of the energy to power the lodge is generated by solar panels, the laundry service is on-site to minimise traffic, while a plastic crusher has been installed to decrease the volume of waste transported from the property. The property also features a pool, fitness centre, TV room and spa, as well as three restaurants and two bars.

TUI expands adults-only brand in Portugal

TUI Group has opened its first TUI Blue hotel in Portugal, TUI Blue Falesia. By summer, three more hotels will follow in Tunisia, Spain and Turkey, expanding the portfolio to a total of ten hotels. Perched on a clifftop above Praia da Falesia Beach and offering views of the Atlantic, the hotel features 349 rooms and can be enjoyed by guests aged over 16. “Since the launch of the TUI Blue brand in 2016, we have recorded above-average customer satisfaction scores. With the TUI Blue Falesia, we are planning to continue this success story in Portugal,” said Artur Gerber, MD TUI Blue. “This year’s four new openings are positioned as adults-only hotels in order to expand TUI Blue’s portfolio for this continually growing target audience.”

New outdoor space at Imperial War Museum

A new outdoor event space has been unveiled in the grounds of The Imperial War Museum London. For the first time in its history, IWM London has opened its grounds for private hire, with a newly created terrace area. The space, which will be operated by the venue’s catering partner, Peyton Events, has been designed with summer parties and drinks receptions firmly in mind. The new terrace is located to the side of the Grand Atrium – one of the most dramatic event spaces in London with a German V2 rocket, suspended from a 25m high vaulted ceiling and a popular choice for large scale drinks receptions and dinners. Other event spaces within IWM London include the covered Roof Terrace and the Orpen Boardroom, which overlooks the museum’s famous entrance.

Tower Hotel launches 'meetings by the hour'

The Tower Hotel at Tower Bridge, London, has launched a new service for fast paced businesses looking for meeting spaces by the hour. Aimed at corporate customers, looking for facilities such as free WiFi, hospitality and views without needing space for a whole day, the new ‘meetings by the hour’ will work for businesses on the go. The 15 private event rooms on the 12th floor of the hotel can be configured to suit any type of event, from a board meeting or seminar to a training session or presentation.

Twickenham launches Christmas 2018 packages

Twickenham Stadium is launching its plans for Christmas 2018, after a record season for the venue. The launch comes following research by the venue amongst its key clients.For the all-inclusive package, Twickenham will be theming around 'A Fairy Tale in New York’, bringing in elements of New York, London and a traditional Christmas.The theme will also be available throughout the stadium’s spaces in the South Stand, including The Rose Suite, seating up to 800.The East stand of the stadium, which launches in Autumn 2018 will carry a different theme, with chalet style food stalls serving everything from fondue to mulled wine.The Ale House will also be launched within the East Stand, offering guests a private pub, ideal for a more informal Christmas with pub favourites including home-made pies.

Robots exhibition launches events packages

The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), Manchester, has released a series of special events packages to correspond with the arrival of ‘ROBOTS’ the exhibition. Taking residence at the venue into the spring. R2-D2 Daiquiris and Sea-3PO fish cakes are all on offer for event organisers looking for a bigger experience around their meetings and events.The Museum of Science, part of Lime Venue Portfolio, has created a day delegate and dinner delegate rate. The exhibition consists of a unique collection of over 100 robots, from a 17th century dancing wine goblet and an animatronic baby, to Maria from the 1927 film classic Metropolis, and a news-reading android from Japan.The packages are available exclusively at MSI in the venue’s own conference centre located in the museum’s Great Western Warehouse.

Canopy Hilton to open in Zagreb

Hilton and Zagreb City Hotels have announced the development plans for Canopy by Hilton Zagreb. The project is scheduled to open in late 2018. The hotel will be the first Canopy in continental Europe and will be situated in downtown Zagreb, close to the city’s main rail station. Canopy by Hilton Zagreb joins two Hilton properties in Croatia - DoubleTree by Hilton Zagreb and Hilton Imperial Dubrovik.

Aparthotel chain Roomzzz opens in Manchester

Aparthotel chain, Roomzzz is to open its doors in Manchester. The new development will bring 114 luxury apartments to the Roomzzz Manchester Corn Exchange. The opening marks the completion of a three-year renovation project for the Corn Exchange, as the aparthotel joins 14 restaurants which have moved into the building over the last few years. Roomzzz has further developments in the pipeline for Edinburgh, Harrogate, Liverpool and York, as well as an extension to the existing Newcastle property and the brand’s first aparthotel in the South of England opening in Stratford this summer.

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