Golf resort takes aim at meetings market

La Cala Resort on Spain’s Costa Del Sol has unveiled new branding and hired a UK representation company to launch itself to the corporate events market. The resort in Mijas Costa – between Malaga and Marbella – is well known for its three golf courses, but now hopes to attract meetings and incentives after adding facilities including an outdoor canopy structure accommodating 250 and a thalassic spa. The four-star 107-bedroom venue also offers three additional event spaces, multiple dining locations, a golf academy and FIFA approved professional football pitch. La Cala Resort has appointed Perception Sales and Marketing to represent it in the UK.

Ace meeting rooms unveiled in Shoreditch

Ace Hotel London Shoreditch has unveiled its new seventh floor events spaces - a collection of conference rooms, meeting places and event halls that will join the already-open 600 sqft 100 Room. The Britannia is 837 sqft with a private 345 sqft balcony, while the sibling Griffin and Empire rooms are 886 and 721 sqft respectively. The smaller Bower and Stingo come in at 391 and 424 sqft. With wide windows showcasing panoramic views of the city, the meeting rooms are each equipped with teleconferencing systems, Wi-Fi, multi-zone audio, portable projection screens and digital projectors. Full service catering is available from the on-site restaurant.

Artists make their mark at Andaz Liverpool

A series of street art rooms are to be launched at Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel in East London. The first to be unveiled is inspired by the area’s Pearly Kings and Queens. Created by artist Chris Price, The Pearly Room showcases a painstakingly detailed giant Pearly King and Queen in a bustling market place outside the Christ Church Spitalfields. The next room will be launched in October featuring work by Patrick Vale, best known for his ‘Empire State of Pen’ — a freehand drawing of the view of Manhattan from the Empire State Building. Two further rooms will open in January and April decorated by ILoveDust and Patrick Morgan, respectively. The rooms cost from £246 to £348 per night (including VAT).

Become a screen star at South Lodge

Colleagues can connect around the world at South Lodge, an Exclusive Hotel in West Sussex, with its new video conferencing suite. The high-tech addition means up to 20 delegates to communicate and share content at the click of a button in luxury surroundings. The hote's Arundel Suite, which features the latest AMX Enzo system, is available to use as part of both day delegate and 24-hour rates to suit businesses’ needs. Day delegate packages include homemade treats, 10mb Wi-Fi connection and lunch at the Camellia restaurant, while those opting for a 24-hour package will receive luxury overnight accommodation at the hotel.

Put your team behind bars in Oxford

Jailbreak, a new team building game at Oxford Castle Unlocked, challenges participants to break out of a real prison cell. Participants will be provided with details of a case from 1952 when Oxford’s finest detectives were confounded by the disappearance of prisoner number D42. The group will have just one hour to solve the ingenious puzzles and clues left behind in order to make their escape.
Oxford Castle Unlocked is a 1,000-year-old castle, which was also used as a place of incarceration for over 800 years, until the closure of Her Majesty’s Prison Oxford in 1996. The attraction also offers a 40-minute guided tour with a costumed character from the castle’s history, exploring the Saxon stone-built St. George’s Tower, the atmospheric crypt and the preserved prison wing. Each one hour Jailbreak session costs £54 and is suitable for teams of between three and five people.

Regus Express roll-out continues apace

Regus has opened a drop-in business lounge and meeting rooms at Meadowhall Shopping Centre in Sheffield and Broughton Shopping Park in Chester, catering for local retailers and mobile workers. Further Regus Express locations are planned for Fort Kinnaird Shopping Park in Edinburgh and Drake Circus in Plymouth. The business lounges offer a workspace with secure Wi-Fi, meeting rooms, co-working spaces, private workstations called ‘Thinkpods’ and complimentary refreshments. The meeting rooms can be booked by the hour and are expected to be used by retailers based at the shopping centres as a location for team and management meetings.

Royal College of Physicians gets a facelift

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) re-opens its Platt room today following a £50,000 facelift. The event space, in London's Camden district, has a capacity of between 80–140 guests and can be used for drinks receptions, dining and barbecue events, taking advantage of the room’s large sliding windows which open onto the RCP’s Medicinal Garden. Fitted out in stylish grey to provide a canvas for client branding, the décor includes a range of original black and white images of the Grade I-listed building in the 1960s to commemorate its 50th anniversary.

Super AV technology boost for Butlins

Butlins has invested £240,000 in AV technology which puts its three coastal resorts in the same league as the Super Bowl. The venues are among the first in the UK to install Q spot equipment and the award-winning Clay Paky B-eye lighting: the same light technology used at the world-famous Super Bowl half-time show. The investment in its tech offering follows a £180,000 revamp of Bognor Regis’ Shoreline Conference Centre in 2013, and forns part of £5 million worth of investment in venues across all three resorts in Skegness and Minehead, as well as Bognor Regis, this year alone.

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