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Healthy minds at Danang Sun


A mindful wellness programme has been introduced at the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, offering guests a chance to "unplug" from their tech-driven lives. The programme, ranging from three to seven days, includes yoga and meditation classes, a De-Stress Herbal Compress massage, Body Cleanse Hammam with local black rice and charcoal alongside a healthy, clean eating menu. The resort's villas provide a secluded sanctuary, with each one boasting a private outdoor Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna.
 

Hilton hotel to open alongside AECC


Plans have been unveiled for a 200-room Hilton property to be built at the forthcoming Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC). The Hilton Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre, due to open in 2019, will be built into the new AECC and will mark the group's fifth property in Aberdeen. It will feature an executive lounge, up to 10 meeting rooms, a cocktail bar, restaurant and other facilities. Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, EMEA, Hilton, said: "The new Hilton in Aberdeen will enhance the city’s reputation as a leading choice for conferencing and events in Scotland. Our established reputation in corporate and events hospitality will draw visitors and further events activity to the area. Aberdeen City Council’s strategy of broadening the local economy across a number of sectors - including tourism - and this project further demonstrates that Aberdeen is a robust market with a bright future."
 

Center Parcs spends £3.5m on Wi-Fi


Center Parcs has invested £3.5 million in upgrading its Wi-Fi and bandwidth across all of its villages. The investment comes as a result of an increased number of devices used by delegates, as well as the rise in social media interactions across multiple platforms at events and new ways in which content is being delivered digitally. As a result of the upgrade, each Village’s Wi-Fi bandwidth offering has increased from 100mbps to 400mbps with further capacity to reach 1000mbps if required. The free Wi-Fi service has been extended to all units of accommodation, all central buildings and restaurants so delegates can stay connected throughout their time at Center Parcs. Philip Coe, head of projects and applications at Center Parcs, says: "Wi-Fi is a key requirement at events and the expectations of a venue’s Wi-Fi infrastructure and bandwidth are increasing all the time. As part of our investment, over 900 individual internet access points have been installed at each of our Villages to allow a seamless internet browsing experience for clients and delegates. Now, over 2,000 Wi-Fi connections can be simultaneously connected with a seamless browsing experience at each of our sites."
 

Bristol Harbour Hotel readies for opening


Located in the heart of Bristol, close to the regenerated waterfront, the new Bristol Harbour Hotel will provide a luxury hotel and extensive facilities when it opens in October. The hotel occupies two iconic former bank properties and will offer fully restored interiors, led by renowned architect William Bruce Gingell, revealing historic character and detail. The hotel will have 42 luxury bedrooms along with the award winning Jetty Restaurant and The Gold Bar, Bristol’s newest contemporary bar. The former banking hall of Lloyds Bank headquarters serves as the hotel’s largest events space, the Sansovino, which has a stunning skylight and capacity for up to 300 seated guests. The former basement bank vaults are being transformed into an indulgent Harbour Spa which will include treatment rooms, an indoor pool, hydrotherapy pool, steam room and sauna opening at the start of 2017.
 

Taymouth Marina opens Hot Box


Scotland’s first loch-side wood-burning sauna experience is set to open this weekend as part of Taymouth Marina, on the shores of Loch Tay. The Hot Box, one of the UK's largest saunas stretching 40 feet, has panoramic views across the loch and is positioned adjacent to the hills. Guests will warm up by the wood-burning stove before having an opportunity to brave the cool waters of Loch Tay. An outdoor bar also offers guests another way to refresh after the sauna experience. The new facility is part of Taymouth Marina, in Scotland’s Perthshire, which boasts apartment and cottage accommodation, water sports, a restaurant and a 40-berth marina.
 

Two-floor extension added to Malta hotel


The four-star MARITIM Antoine Hotel & Spa, in Malta's Mellieha region, has finished a full refurbishment and added a two-floor extension. All rooms have been fully re-designed and decorated, and the public areas - including the lobby and restaurants - have been given a fresh new look. The hotel has also been significantly extended with two further floors, adding 50 extra rooms to meet increasing demand. A highlight of the new nine-storey building is a roof terrace, featuring an open-air restaurant and rooftop swimming pool. Director of international sales at MARITIM, Mark Spivey, commented: "We are delighted to start the new season in Malta with a fully refurbished and extended property. The MARITIM Antonine & Spa has long been popular with British holidaymakers, with demand increasing gradually year-on-year, and its great news that we will be able to accommodate more guests in an exceptionally beautiful and welcoming hotel."
 

Allianz Park kicking goals for events


Groups attending Allianz Park will have a chance to brush up on their sporting knowledge, with the venue adding a sporting day delegate package. Event organisers can have the option to add a fully guided tour of the home of the Saracens, reigning English and European Rugby Champions, to group events. The package includes a tour of the Priory Collection, home to one of the largest memorabilia collections in the world. Katherine Smith, events director for Allianz Park, said: "Hosting an event at a sporting venue is a great way of engaging people’s sporting passions as well as working. Interestingly, we find delegates who aren’t rugby fanatics are fascinated by our Priory Collection and of course also offers a great talking point for everybody during a cocktail reception or dinner."
 

Coronation Street arrives in Glasgow


The Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre (SECC) has become the first venue outside the North West to host Coronation Street On Tour. The temporary set will be on display for 18 weeks until 1 January 2017 and features a purpose-built dome roughly half the size of a football pitch. It will house authentic sets from the Rovers to Roy's Rolls, the Kabin to the cobbles and includes a virtual reality welcome by Alison King, who plays Carla Connor. Dan Thurlow, director, exhibition sales at The SECC explained: "We are delighted that ITV has chosen us as the platform for them to bring this unique live experience to a Scottish audience. It is a great brand to be aligned with, a really unique event and with an impressive presence that demonstrates the varied type and scale of events we can help deliver for our clients."
 

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