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London's biggest hotel for 2017 opens


The biggest London hotel to open in 2017, the Park Plaza London Waterloo, has welcomed its first guests. The 494-room hotel is located by Waterloo station and has been converted from its former premises which housed the Central Office of Information, the UK government's former marketing and communication agency. Alongside its superior rooms and suites, the hotel provides an executive lounge, Illy Café, gym and swimming pool and a Mandara Spa. It also has six meeting rooms. Axel Krueger, general manager at Park Plaza London Waterloo, said: "We are delighted to announce that the newest addition to the South Bank is now fully open for business. Joining four neighbouring four Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts’ properties on the South Bank, we are within easy access of landmarks including the London Eye and Imperial War Museum which proves ideal timing as London’s tourism industry continues to boom. It’s an exciting time for the South Bank’s development pipeline and we’re thrilled to be a part of it."
 

Footgolf kicks off at Crieff Hydro


Action Glen, the outdoor adventure centre at Crieff Hydro, has introduced FootGolf to its catalogue of activities. The new activity is growing in popularity worldwide; it combines elements of football and golf yet is quicker to play than golf, it is more accessible and does not require expensive equipment. The aim of the game is to get the football into the hole in as few kicks as possible. The venue has two different courses, including a 9-hole course for corporate groups. Ross McMillan, manager at Action Glen, said: "We've had the team from FootGolf UK come up to help us design two great courses for our visitors to enjoy. Footgolf can be played by anyone, from families and small groups to corporate guests - all you need to do is be able to kick a football. It's a completely different kind of activity and we'd love to encourage people to come along and give it a try!"
 

Sodexo unveils Aberdeen cinema offer


Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events is inviting businesses to host their own outdoor movie night at Aberdeen’s Pittodrie stadium this summer. The venue has held a number of cinema events for the general public over the last year, including sold out showings of Christmas hit Elf and Halloween thriller The Exorcist. Now, the screen experience is being offered to corporate clients for summer parties or as the end to a team building away day. Debra Lorimer, sales manager at Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events, said: “Companies can pair the showing of their favourite film on our giant LED cinema screen, with a meeting, team-building activity or add a BBQ as part of a summer party. Our talented team of chefs are also on hand to create a range of themed food to accompany the showing.”
 

Outdoor terrace opens at Cameron House


Scottish five-star resort Cameron House has opened the new Great Scots Bar Terrace, an open-air space overlooking Loch Lomond. The new outdoor terrace showcases the unique panoramic views from the hotel, across Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. The new space can be used for a variety of events including drinks receptions, and can accommodate 60 seated or 120 standing. The completion of the terrace marks the end of phase two of the refurbishment of Cameron House, while phase three is underway with the redesign of the hotel's bedrooms. Over 12 months, Cameron House has invested £4 million into the resort.
 

Aberfoyle retreat gets £3.5m refurbishment


The luxury Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa in Aberfoyle has unveiled a £3.5 million renovation. The redesign at the four-star hotel, nestled in acres of grounds and with views of Loch Ard, has seen its bedrooms, cocktail bar, piano lounge, reception and restaurant transformed to enhance the hotel’s traditional highland charm. All 50 bedrooms and five suites have been upgraded with custom built furniture, bespoke lighting, and new soft furnishings. The refurbishment comes after an extension of the hotel’s spa facilities in 2007 which included the installation of more beauty treatment areas and a larger pool. General manager of Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa, Andrew Deighan said: "We are proud to unveil the redesign of Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa. This is an exciting time and we look forward to welcoming our guests over the upcoming months to experience a true taste of highland luxury."
 

Lime Venue Portfolio welcomes Farnham Castle


Farnham Castle Meeting and Conference Centre has become the latest venue to join Lime Venue Portfolio. The venue joins the likes of Hever Castle, Beaulieu and Hatfield House within the portfolio of unique and unusual venues, giving event organisers wider choice of historic venues across the South East. With conference capacities for up to 180 people, Farnham Castle boasts 11 meeting rooms and 32 en-suite bedrooms. Ian Parkinson, operations director for conference channel, Farnham Castle, said: "Lime Venue Portfolio has great relationships with event organisers across the country and can help us drive further awareness of our great facilities and build relationships with new customers. It’s a great time to be joining the portfolio and we look forward to being in the company of so many other outstanding venues."
 

Hampden Park improves offer with Skylounge


Hampden Park, Scotland’s National Stadium in Glasgow, has unveiled a new suite of event spaces following a three-month refurbishment. The refresh focused on updating the venue’s 26 executive boxes, which have been rebranded as ‘Skyboxes’ to represent their envious vantage point over the famous Hampden Pitch, and on transforming a lounge in the North Stand in to a modern events space. Now available for private and corporate bookings for the first time and renamed as the Skylounge, the 150-person capacity area was previously reserved only for match-day hospitality guests. As well as receiving new décor and furniture, each Skybox has been kitted out with the latest technology to support corporate clients hosting board room lunches, meetings or events. Access to outdoor, pitch-side seating has also been added and sliding partitions offer flexibility as well as the opportunity to create separate break out areas. Craig Younger, general manager for Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events at Hampden Park Stadium, said: "This investment has allowed us to increase capacity for private and corporate events and offer more choice to clients. The improved events spaces are already generating interest from the local business community and beyond. Our Skyboxes were previously fixed spaces with limited capacity, but thanks to their new design two or more rooms can be joined together to create one larger meeting room."
 

Underground vibes at The Cellar Rooms


Reigate Manor, a traditional hotel in the heart of Surrey, has unveiled a new event space, The Cellar Rooms. The multi-functional space is ideal as a dance floor, for private dining or for intimate dinner parties of up to six tables. It has a private entrance and its own bar with stained oak and copper rivet, as well as a small stage area which can also be used as a break out session for refreshments. Next door is the VIP section, which has a rich red velvet booth and low lit chandelier, and a meeting room for up to 16 delegates called the Cave Room.
 

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