Become a big kid at work

Delegates will be taken back to their childhood for the day, with Alton Towers Resort's new package Big Kids at Work. The programme will take participants out of the boardroom and on to activities like walking on tree tops in the high ropes course, slipping and sliding around the waterpark and challenging the boss to a round of golf. The venue says the programme maximises the potential of delegates by encouraging them to work together as a team, and adds some healthy competition away from the stress of work. Alton Towers has launched a social media competition to celebrate the launch of the package, where entrants are being asked to get creative and tweet a photo showing why they are a big kid at work, with the hashtag #BigKidsAtWork to @ATConferences.

Rotana to open 15 properties by 2016

Rotana Hotels and Resorts is progressing its vision of operating 100 hotels by 2020, opening 15 properties by the end of 2016. The group is adding 3,769 rooms across the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe to its existing 13,875 room count. Key openings include Dalga Residences by Rotana, Istanbul, in Q4 2015, Capital Centre Arjaan by Rotana, Abu Dhabi, in Q4 2015, Centro Capital, Doha, in Q1 2016 and Capital Centre Rotana, Abu Dhabi, Q2 2016. Rotana CEO Omer Kaddouri said: "Rotana has a very robust development pipeline for 2016. By extending the Rotana brand into new cities while also reinforcing our market leadership in the Middle East, we have come closer to realising our ambitious vision of operating 100 hotels by 2020. With a carefully considered international development strategy in place, we are constantly looking for growth opportunities and all of these markets presented opportunities for Rotana to extend our award-winning hospitality offering."

Contemporary luxury at historic Irish retreat

Northern Ireland's premier 5-star hotel has unveiled a new look - and a new mouth watering menu - following more than £1m in refurbishments. The Culloden Estate and Spa has remodelled all of its bedrooms, including the four original tower suites, and will follow up this work with an upgrade of its spa. A complete redesign was also carried out at the hotel's Mitre restaurant, with executive head chef Paul McKnight and executive sous chef Brian Donaldson creating a new menu to match. "Our aim for the Mitre was to stay true to the heritage and architecture of the original hotel while introducing a contemporary luxury with rich upholsteries, rich mocha woods, flowing gold voile sheers and antiqued mirrors reflecting the natural light from a wall of floor to ceiling windows overlooking the estate gardens and Belfast Lough," said general manager Adrian McNally.

Hotel draws on historic roots

A luxury Holland hotel set in a 400-year-old canal house will relaunch in February 2016, following extensive restorations. The Pulitzer Amsterdam's new interior design will showcase the building's heritage and architectural splendour. The buildings' modern influences have been stripped back to reveal their hidden beauty and provide the canvas for the new design concept. The first phase will include new look meeting and event spaces and 80 guestrooms, presenting original elements such as beams and fireplaces. The second phase of restoration will begin in February and culminate in Autumn 2016. Alexander van Gastel, general manager, said: “Our future lies in our past, and we want to stay true to our roots and celebrate the history and heritage of the canal houses - the hotel’s maze of secrets and surprises are what makes Pulitzer Amsterdam unique.”

A head for heights at The Cheesegrater

A new space at The Leadenhall Building – popularly known as The Cheesegrater – promises to be London’s highest dedicated event venue. Landing 42, on the 42nd floor of the skyscraper, offers 460 sqm of flexible space for up to 285 delegates or reception guests. In addition, the building, in the heart of The City, has stunning views of some of London’s most iconic landmarks 200 metres up, from its triple-aspect, floor-to-ceiling windows. The venue has already secured more than 50 bookings to cover its first four months, including product launches, client receptions, conferences and Christmas parties. Landing 42 is also serviced by exclusive catering and production partners Create Food and Party Design and Vibration Group, offering event design and delivery.

Luxury hotel coming up Trumps

An iconic golf resort in Scotland has started £200m worth of renovations, in a bid to become one of the most luxurious hotels in the UK. Trump Turnberry has closed while the renovations take place, including remodelling of all guestrooms and golf course, along with the addition of a grand ballroom to fit up to 500 people. “My father and I have assembled a world-class team of the best architects, contractors and restoration specialists. When completed, Trump Turnberry will be the most luxurious hotel anywhere in the UK and beyond,” said Eric Trump, executive vice president of development and acquisitions for The Trump Organization. The hotel will reopen in June 2016.

Rooms offer a sporting view

Coventry City Football fans will be delighted with the newest hotel from DoubleTree by Hilton, which offers room views directly into the Ricoh Arena stadium. The 121 guestrooms, including 50 queen rooms with stadium views, offer sleek workspaces and WiFi as well as a restaurant, bar and 24-hour gym. The hotel, DoubleTree by Hilton at the Ricoh Arena – Coventry, complements the Ricoh Arena complex, which has 80 meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 7000 delegates, including a 6000 sqm conference and exhibition hall. Richard Marsh general manager, said, “The Ricoh Arena attracts a huge number of people to its wide range of events – sport, business and entertainment – and the DoubleTree by Hilton here will be perfectly suited to serve the needs of that growing audience."

Dundas Castle releases 2016 programmes

Tablet based treasure hunts and a paintball experience are some of the corporate programmes Dundas Castle is releasing next year. The five-star venue, 20 minutes from Edinburgh Airport, has designed a number of activities for teambuilding and corporate getaways. The treasure hunt will take delegates on a tour discovering the history and stories of the castle and estate, while a Highland Games activity will provide entertainment for up to 200 people. Owner Sir Jack Stewart Clark said: “Dundas Castle is such a unique and inspiring place, our team loves working here every day. We bring the same passion and commitment to the events we create for our corporate clients and offer total flexibility, whether it is for a board meeting for 10 or a gala dinner for 600. We are thrilled with the range of meeting ideas offered by Dundas Castle and look forward to welcoming you.”

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