New challenge puts the power in your hands

Sunshine Events is driving event entertainment with the release of its latest activity, the remote control 4x4 vehicle challenge. Suitable for corporate events, team building days or to add some fun to the next away day, the challenge puts the power of the battery-operated vehicles in users' hands. Sunny Sandwell, director at Sunshine Events, said: “We are constantly on the lookout for new, exciting products to guarantee our events are filled with the highest quality entertainment. We work enthusiastically to give UK businesses exclusive entertainment that will help make their event an unforgettable one and we know our latest challenge does just that. The Remote Control 4x4 Vehicles provide hours of challenging entertainment for drivers and non-drivers alike who are looking to show off their competitive side as they negotiate the obstacles and track with the aim to get their name on the leaderboard.”

Chelsea scores new events space

Usually reserved for a famous Russian oligarch and VIP guests, the director’s lounge at Chelsea Football Club’s Stamford Bridge stadium has been made available for events for the first time. The lounge is available for full-service dining, small meetings and drink receptions. Dining packages include a 30 minute Champagne and canapé reception, three-course fine-dining menu, hot drinks and complimentary bar of house wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks for four hours for £180+VAT per person. Stand-alone drinks receptions for up to 150 people include two-hour drinks reception of Champagne, house wines and beer and five canapés per person at £100+VAT per person. For small meetings, multiple television screens are ideal for presentations and branded backdrops, while the lounge also has direct access to the exclusive Director’s Terrace, overlooking the pitch and stadium.

Rebrand after £700k upgrade for Kendall venue

After a year's refurbishment of its 33 guest rooms and restaurant, totalling £700k, the Castle Green Hotel and conference centre in Kendal has rebranded to become part of the BW Premier Collection. To become a BW Premier Collection member, a brand launched by Best Western 12 months ago, hotels must have at least four stars and pass strict quality assessments. Managing director Tim Rumney said: “This new brand gives us the opportunity to celebrate our independence whilst retaining great sales and marketing support from an international brand. This is a very exciting time for the hotel and allows us the build on our reputation and success. We are proud to be at the heart of Kendal and offer a service that reflects the wonderful people and atmosphere of the Lakes.” Castle Green general manager Ben Mayou adds: “The refurbishment of bedrooms continued our substantial commitment over the last four years to upgrade the Hotel, including a £250,000 investment in the new restaurant and bar last year.” The hotel's conference centre has a capacity for up to 300 delegates.

£1m refurb takes hotel to new level

The Park Inn by Radisson Northampton has risen to 'another level' following the completion of a £1 million refurbishment project. The hotel's public areas have been transformed following upgrades to its Buckingham Suite and 32 superior guest rooms. The 600-capacity Buckingham Suite has been given a new look and fitted with state-of-the-art equipment. Its makeover includes features like mood lighting, new carpets, upgraded air conditioning and enhanced lighting more conducive to meetings and events. Nicholas Hughes, general manager Park Inn by Radisson Northampton, said: ”We’re delighted with the recent upgrade, which I feel confident takes the hotel to another level. The newly refurbished Buckingham Suite is now the best event space in Northampton, and the new Superior guest bedrooms deliver exactly what today’s travellers are looking for. I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to invest in the hotel, constantly evolving the product, and ultimately enhancing the guest experience."

Refurbished luxury in stunning Mallorca

Following an extensive renovation, Meliá Hotels International is set to launch Gran Meliá de Mar on the stunning coastline of Palma de Mallorca later this month. The Gran Meliá de Mar has been upgraded to become the brand's flagship couples-only resort. The property is 10 minutes from the centre of Palma and features six conference rooms offering 449m2 of flexible meeting space with modern technologies and capacity from 12 to 220 people. All 142 rooms offer spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea and are fitted with luxury amenities like a Nespresso machine. The hotel’s new lobby bar and lounge, AMARO, has been inspired by 50s old-school glamour while the poolside bar and restaurant is open from sunrise to sunset. Gabriel Escarrer, vice chairman and CEO at Meliá Hotels International, said: “Mallorca is where Meliá Hotels International was born and is a very important European destination for the luxury traveller. The stunning natural beauty and historical significance of the area is the perfect example of Balearic beauty. It was important to us to continue to raise the profile of our beautiful island and provide the best service in the area. We are very excited to launch this bespoke property in such a significant location.”

Ponds Forge goes HD with 35m2 screen

Sheffield's Ponds Forge International Sports Centre has set a clear vision for its future, unveiling a state-of-the-art 35m2 scoreboard. The HD Swiss Timing Daktronics scoreboard has been installed in the Olympic-sized pool as part of a £230,000 investment by operator SIV ahead of the competitive season. It comes as SIV Events announces one of its busiest programmes on record for 2016-17 at the venue. Steve Brailey, chief executive of SIV, said: “In an Olympic year, with the focus on legacy following London 2012, we’re extremely proud to announce this high-profile aquatics events programme, which will have a huge impact on Sheffield’s economy. Hosting these local, regional and national competitions demonstrates both the quality and versatility of Ponds Forge and confirms the venue’s reputation as one of the county’s leading aquatics facilities.”

Vivid views on offer for Sydney's light show

The Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) will give corporate guests a Vivid view of Sydney's iconic light festival. The museum has announced event packages for Vivid Sydney, which feature an exclusive, private-viewing platform ideal for showcasing the installations that will illuminate the Harbour. Vivid Sydney is an exquisite light projection festival, which will see Darling Harbour light up each evening from 27 May to 18 June. The ANMM will feature projections from the animated film The Nautilus and The Sea, which will be shown against the venue's white roof sails. “Now is the perfect time to book that end of the financial year celebration as Vivid Sydney takes place. We are sure that event organisers and their guests will embrace the opportunity to share the magic of Vivid Sydney in our prestigious new waterfront venue, the Waterfront Pavilion,” said Deanna Varga, assistant director, commercial and visitor services at ANMM. Groups can enjoy the light show from either the Lookout, the new venue that forms part of the recently-inaugurated Waterfront Pavilion, or the vessel HMAS Vampire, which provides uninterrupted views of Darling Harbour's Vivid Sydney lights from the water.

RCP microphones go digital in UK first

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has installed the world’s first digital microphone as part of a £100,000 overhaul of its tech facilities. The venue has introduced 38 Sennheiser SpeechLine Digital Wireless microphones to replace all existing microphone systems, becoming the only UK conference venue to offer the digital service. The new system will provide users with better audio quality, a more reliable signal and greater security due to advanced encryption. As well, the venue has installed HD projectors and HD touchscreens to a number of meeting rooms to enhance delegate experience. RCP deputy director of meeting and events David Parker said: “We’re really pleased to be the first conference venue in the UK to offer the Sennheiser SpeechLine Digital Wireless Microphone. The new microphone system along with new screens and projectors provide an altogether enhanced experience for events at the RCP.”

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