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Silverstone christmas parties

Silverstone Circuits Ltd. has launched its glamorous ‘Secret Agent’ themed Christmas parties. Private and group tickets are now available to purchase for a night of Christmas revelry, with casino tables, Aston Martins on display and live entertainment. Starting from £60 (excluding VAT) per person, shared party guests can expect a red-carpet arrival, drinks reception, and three-course dining experience, which includes a traditional Christmas dinner. Licence to Thrill Christmas parties will take place in the Silverstone Wing, which sits at the heart of the world-famous Grand Prix circuit.

Eurostar unveils salon in departure lounge

Eurostar has unveiled a pop-up express hair salon in its London St Pancras departure lounge. Chop-Chop will be taking up residence in the London lounge for a minimum of three months. Designed to offer travellers a quick, convenient and first-class cut and style, it offers chic holidaymakers and time-pressed business passengers luxury on-the-go hair styling before travelling to the Continent. For only £20, Eurostar customers can refresh their look while relaxing in a private pod before travel. Roberto Abbondio, Eurostar MD of new digital business said: “The swift style and cut enables our travellers to leave their London look behind, and board the train feeling refreshed, before they’ve even started their holiday or their journey back home.”

HKCEC kicks off Think Before Plastic

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre is set to cut out more than 1.6 million plastic items annually with its new Think Before Plastic campaign. The drive will see the replacement of plastic disposable cutlery with non-plastic alternatives at all HKCEC restaurant outlets and concession stands. Plastic straws are also no longer provided, with paper straws available upon request. The venue has also discontinued the sale of plastic bottled beverages from all vending machines for staff members and contractors working in back of house areas, and is encouraging visitors and event attendees to bring their own bottles when attending events at the HKCEC.

NEC unveils details of extensive £4.5m transformation

The NEC has unveiled details of its extensive £4.5m transformation. The first phase of this three-year project – the exterior of Halls 1 and 5 – began in June and is set to be completed in late August.The NEC campus now attracts over seven million visitors annually to the NEC, Genting Arena, Vox conference centre and Resorts World Birmingham. This number is set to grow as the site’s first permanent attraction – The Bear Grylls Adventure – opens this autumn.

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre expansion now open

The 20,000 sqm expansion of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has officially opened, making it Australia’s largest convention and exhibition space. The £114.3m addition increases MCEC to a total size of 70,000 sqm. New facilities include The Goldfields Theatre - a 9,000 sqm multi-purpose event space with a retractable 1,000 seat theatre and new exhibition halls. There are also new meeting rooms, an outdoor terrace, banquet space and the Goldfields Cafe and Bar. The expansion is part of a larger South Wharf expansion project in Melbourne that includes a new 347-room Novotel Melbourne South Wharf that is fully connected and integrated with MCEC.

Kempinski Hotel Bahía, Estepona reopens

Following an extensive redesign, Kempinski Hotel Bahía, Estepona has reopened with a new lobby and refreshed culinary hotspots. These dining venues form part of the hotel’s new restaurant concept “El Paseo Del Mar”, which combines three venues all set within the hotel. Spíler Beach Club, situated right on the beach will be a new coastal dining experience for guests of the hotel. The hotel will also welcome guests into the newly renovated lobby and terrace of the hotel where 'Black Rose The Bar' is situated.

National Memorial Arboretum to open new £8m space

The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire is set to open Aspects, a new £8 million events building in October 2018. And the venue has also appointed a new business and development executive, Emma Syer (pictured). Aspects will provide a new large flexible events space, with the ability to accommodate theatre style events of up to 500, as well as small intimate meetings, all with views across the Arboretum. The new events space will also have a large banqueting kitchen, capable of catering for banquets of up to 300 people and a new bar area.

Al Seef Hotel Jumeirah to open at Dubai Creek

Al Seef Hotel Jumeirah will open in September on the banks of Dubai Creek. The 200-room hotel is spread across 22 traditionally-designed Arabian Bayt (homes), with views down into the alleyways of the souk and out across the busy waterways of the Creek. The 22 homes are located in small clusters of two to three buildings, joined by a bridge that provides a walkway above the souk and sharing a common courtyard, encouraging socialising with other guests within the hotel.The hotel will take bookings from the end of July and welcome guests from September.

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