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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.
 

£53m Grand Central Hotel to open in Belfast


Hastings Hotels has released the first artist’s impressions of how the inside of the new £53 million Grand Central Hotel in Belfast will look when it opens its doors in June 2018. With 300 bedrooms and 23-storeys high, it will be Northern Ireland’s largest hotel. Julie Hastings, marketing director of Hastings Hotels, said: “We are delighted to report that the building of the Grand Central Hotel is running to schedule and with only four months to go until it opens its doors, we are pleased to share internal impressions of the hotel to give people an idea of what they can look forward to.” The hotel will boast two smaller conference suites, three meeting rooms, the Panorama Lounge for private receptions of up to 100 guests and a range of offices and retail units.
 

Barceló Group to open Tenerife Island resort


The Barceló Group is opening Royal Hideaway Corales Resort, a new five star establishment in Costa Adeje on the south end of Tenerife. The resort is divided into an adults-only hotel and a family-friendly hotel for all guests. It features more than 10,000sqm of spacious gardens, several heated salt-water swimming pools, a varied culinary offering, a complete activities/entertainment programme and a spa.
 

Puro Group opens Mexican beach club


Puro Group has opened its first Mexican beach club in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Purobeach offers an ‘Urban Oasis’ on the rooftop of exclusive new 'The Fives Downtown Hotel & Residences', part of the Curio Collection by Hilton. The beach club overlooks the Riviera Maya. Beltrán Álvarez, CEO of Puro Group, said: “Puro Group have created a beachside experience that can be brought to life anywhere in the world thanks to its distinct Mediterranean spirit, hospitality and design. We have gathered fans for over a decade and look forward to showcasing our latest venture in Mexico”.
 

Ragley Hall has major overhaul


Ragley Hall and Estate is set to host a new range of events as part of a major overhaul of its business activities.The Hall, near Stratford-upon Avon, – which has been the home to the Hertford family for nine generations – already hosts local, regional and national events, but, under the new plans, aims to increase that level of business.The move, which has been agreed by the owners and trustees of the Grade I listed Palladian mansion and its 6,500 acre estate, has been designed to drive up income which is necessary to maintain the house and grounds.The review comes 60 years after the house was first opened to the public. Alan Granger, Chief Executive of Ragley Estate, said it was essential that the estate continued to look at new ways of increasing income from all its commercial activities.
 

Butlins invests £200 million on new facilities


Butlin’s Conference & Events has invested more than £200 million on facilities across its three coastal resorts, including significant investments in AV technology, all included in bookings which can save delegates up to £10,000. A spokesperson said: “It’s really exciting for us to be able to offer the best in AV technology for those looking to hold their next conference or event at one of our resorts. At Butlin’s we are known for leading the way in service and hospitality, and it’s fantastic to now also be leading the way in technology – an ever increasingly important aspect for all conferences, incentives and events in this digital age.”
 

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