Maritim signs up tech firms for events

Maritim has signed up tech firms Kuchem and Braehler to take charge of events technology and technical support at its hotels in Germany. The two specialist firms will provide equipment, offer support for technical planning and supervise events. Joerg Bacher, director of Maritim Hotel & ICC Dresden, said: “The partnership gives us access to qualified staff and the best modern technical equipment while also allowing us to broaden our offering in terms of technology and service. It puts us in a position to meet our customers' needs better, more quickly and with greater flexibility.” Maritim is Germany's largest private provider of convention facilities.

Marriott joins culture club with Venice hotel

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts opens its first European resort in Venice in March. The 266-room property is set on its own island, with stunning views across the lagoon. The 1,750 sqm spa is the largest in Venice, while the hotel also boasts four restaurants, five bars, a cooking school and wine academy and a rooftop pool offering views of St. Mark’s Square, which can be reached by private boat in just 15 minutes. Marriott vice president Mitzi Gaskins said: "The new JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa exemplifies the elegance and service that our guests have come to expect, incorporating modern design elements with authentic Venetian offerings to create a truly genuine experience in a culturally rich market.”

Brooklands' new suite is supersonic

Brooklands Museum in Weybridge, Surrey, has completed a £600,000 restoration and added a new suite to its offering. The Vickers suite, formerly the main part of a supersonic wind tunnel built for Barnes Wallis and his research and development department, is the most recent development project since the refurbishment of the Clubhouse suites in 2012. The suite can accommodate 100 guests for private dining, 80 theatre-style or 150 for a reception.

Lancaster leads way with beacon technology

Lancaster London on Hyde Park has become the first UK hotel to utilise beacon mobile tracking technology to transform networking and event experiences. Delegates are engaged via the hotel’s new mobile app, created by Live Group, which has an “indoor positioning” function that provides an interactive map of the venue, enabling guests to locate themselves, other guests and areas of interest. The beacons interact with the delegates’ smartphones as they move around, enabling the delivery of live location-specific information. Live Group MD Toby Lewis said: “This is the first step in our strategy to create a growing number of partnerships with forward thinking, like-minded venues. Those hotels who have this technology permanently installed will also save costs for clients.”

Santa comes early to the Stadium of Light

Early-bird event organisers can take advantage of a gift wrapped offer from one of the north east’s leading venues. The Stadium of Light in Sunderland has announced a temporary price freeze on its festive events in 2015, along with added incentives for those who book this month. The offer, which expires on January 31, guarantees this year’s seasonal celebrations at 2014 prices, starting from £17.50 per head. It also includes a complimentary half bottle of wine for each guest and a free pair of hospitality tickets to an SAFC home game during the 2015-16 season for the event organiser. Bookings must be made for a minimum of 20 people before January 31 to qualify.

Spa days on the way at Yorkshire Dales hotel

The Coniston Hotel, voted Yorkshire’s “Large Hotel of the Year” at the White Rose Awards, will open a new spa this autumn. The 1,500 sqm development will have views over the four-star hotel’s 24-acre lake and the Yorkshire Dales countryside. Creating 35 new jobs, the new spa’s facilities will include a 15m swimming pool, thermal suite, gym, dance studio, spa treatments, relaxation areas and an outdoor spa pool and terrace. Mark Green of Yorkshire-based Curveline Design and leading spa consultant Nicki Kurran, who has previously worked with Champneys and the Dorchester, are working with the project team to deliver the spa.

Gleneagles takes aim at £1.1m spring refurb

The Gleneagles Hotel is to invest £1.1 million in refurbishing its bedrooms, as part of an ongoing programme of upgrades. In the coming months, 36 of the five star hotel’s 232 bedrooms will be given a new look by designers Greyline, who were responsible for the redesign of an additional 36 rooms in 2014. The announcement follows the news that Gleneagles is to launch a new 2,500 sqm conference venue and tennis centre, The Gleneagles Arena, this spring. It marks the second major project that the resort has undertaken since it hosted The Ryder Cup in September last year. The refurbishment project is due for completion by the end of April, in time for the start of the golfing season.

Robinson College's £5m venue nears completion

A milestone has been reached during the construction of a new £5 million seminar building for Robinson College in Cambridge. Conference and catering manager Nick Milne helped to install the first of 300 zinc panels that will clad the finished building as part of a topping out ceremony this week. The 1,200 sqm, two-storey facility, recently named as the Crausaz Wordsworth Building in recognition of a substantial donation from an anonymous donor, will feature multi-room visual streaming. "We have already received a large amount of interest from both new and existing clients looking to book with us for 2015, which shows that we are offering something new that organisations are looking to utilise," said Milne.

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