Major events catered for at Kerry Hotel

The largest ballroom in Hong Kong will be unveiled as part of the opening of the anticipated Kerry Hotel. The five-star resort, set to open its doors late April, is located on Hung Hom Bay with floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking Hong Kong's famous Victoria Harbour. It features 546 rooms and a number of event spaces, including alfresco, that can accommodate 120 (cocktail) or 60 (banquet). The ballroom itself can be divided into four rooms and can hold 100 banquet tables. The Kerry Hotel also boasts a junior ballroom with space for 25 tables, and 17 meeting rooms.

Prague Congress Centre updates tech offer

Advanced self check-in systems and the latest in delegate registration has been introduced at Prague Congress Centre. The centre says the new facilities are in response to clients' demands and to lead the way in modern trends for major venues. It has introduced self check-in kiosks to ensure the smooth arrival of delegates, while a sophisticated application helps create invitation cards. The system also monitors the activity of attendees and updates their movements online. Another tool Prague Congress Centre has introduced is a new module organiser system that collects and distributes presentations to conference halls. The system also helps prepare or adjust conference programmes and displays information on monitors in front of conference halls, as well as send out information to participants. Milan Svoboda, Prague Congress Centre AV technology manager, said: "In Prague Congress Centre we try to provide our clients with the most comfortable solutions to help them organise their event. We want them to have a feeling that organising a congress, conference or a culture event can go smoothly and effectively, that they have received top quality services from us and that they will gladly come back."

Cambridge hotel opens up Trinity Room

Luxury boutique hotel, The Varsity Hotel & Spa, has unveiled its Trinity Room for corporate and private hire. The light and spacious room provides an inspiring environment, with a large window showcasing the breath-taking views of Cambridge and its beautiful architecture, making it the perfect backdrop for business meetings, team away days and corporate presentations. The Trinity Room, located on the first floor of the hotel, is able to accommodate up to 26 for conference or dining table seating and up to 50 theatre seats, with a maximum capacity of 60. Dining options at the boutique hotel are well catered for with SIX - a panoramic bar and restaurant located on the sixth floor of the hotel, providing 360-degree views - and The River Bar Steakhouse & Grill.

Giant Robot opens up to private events

A Giant addition to the capital's events offer has been launched by Street Feast at Crossrail Place Canary Wharf. Giant Robot, a new street food arena, can host events for up to 500 guests with panoramic views of Canary Wharf. The venue welcomes some favourite street food traders including; Yum Bun, BOB’s Lobster, Thunderbird and a new addition, Little Jose. The venue also features a 360 degree Island Bar serving cocktails as well as a 38-tap container bar serving draft beer. Giant Robot will begin taking corporate enquiries from May 2017. Emma Howe, sales and events director at Street Feast, a subsidiary of London Union, said: "We’re beyond excited to bring Street Feast to Canary Wharf. The area has several traditional event spaces to hire so this will bring a new dynamic to the area. We’ve had a fantastic 18 months introducing event bookers to Hawker House and Dinerama."

Bateaux Windsor sets sail

A new floating restaurant has weighed anchor to give diners spectacular views of one of the UK’s oldest and prettiest towns. Bateaux London, a provider of restaurant cruises on the Thames in the capital, has added to its fleet with a new, sister company; Bateaux Windsor. It offers a chance to dine in luxury within sight of Windsor Castle, in a glass sided, hand crafted river boat. The vessel is available for private hire and offers scheduled lunches, afternoon teas and Sunday lunches. Each cruise lasts 75 minutes to two-and-a-half hours, with lunch featuring three courses and dinner offering five. Samantha Hart, director of sales and marketing, said: “Melody is giving visitors old and new the chance to view this pretty and historic town from an entirely new perspective – from the river. Not only can they enjoy picturesque scenery throughout their cruise but they can do so while sampling superbly cooked food created by our highly experienced chefs. We launched Bateaux Windsor at the beginning of April and have been overwhelmed by the interest from tourists and residents alike. The feedback has been fantastic and we look forward to being a key contributor to the area’s restaurant scene and to its tourism sector."

Barr Al Jissah unveils waterfront development

Barr Al Jissah in Oman has unveiled its new Al Mina Waterfront Development & Yacht Club, marking the latest phase of its expansion. The development includes 69 private residences ranging from penthouse style apartments to stylish villas. Firas Matraji, CEO of Barr Al Jissah, said: “This new phase of expansion delivers stunning freehold residential properties complete with full ITC status, as well as all the premium lifestyle benefits afforded to our Barr Al Jissah residents.” Only 15 minutes from the city centre and 30 minutes from the airport, construction begins later this year, with completion scheduled by early 2020.

Virtual tour showcases South of England venue

The South of England Event Centre has launched a new online virtual tour. The tour, made by Google, gives a 360 degree view of the venue’s facilities. Chairman Tony Roestenburg said: “We are really excited about the launch of the new virtual tour. This unique venue offers huge versatility to professional event organisers, corporate business and private individuals with adaptable spaces for a wide variety of large and small indoor and outdoor events. Being able to direct new clients to the virtual tour to see how the Event Centre can work for their particular event will be a terrific asset in attracting more business.” The venue, located at the South of England Showground in Ardingly, has nearly £50,000 of new business booked for 2017.

South east hotel finishes £3m refurbishment

The Crowne Plaza Felbridge in East Grinstead, Sussex has fully opened following a £3 million refurbishment and rebranding. The venue now offers new facilities for business travellers, with all 116 rooms and its conference and meeting facilities refurbished. Business guests are able to upgrade to a Club Room (pictured), which includes private access to the new, contemporary style Club Lounge located on the ground floor. The hotel, located under 10 miles from London Gatwick Airport, also offers eight conference and board rooms with capacity for up to 500 delegates.

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