Bateaux Windsor to set sail in April

A new floating restaurant is set to launch in Windsor, giving diners spectacular views of one of the UK's oldest and prettiest towns. Bateaux London, the leading provider of restaurant cruises on the Thames in the capital, has added to its fleet with a new, sister company; Bateaux Windsor. The new vessel, The Melody, will set sail from April, and will be available for private hire. The glass sided river boat will offer lunch, afternoon tea, Sunday lunch and dinner cruises every weekend, with cruises lasting 90 minutes to 2.5 hours. Samantha Hart, director of sales and marketing, said: "We’re extremely excited to be launching this service created especially for those who either live in or visit Windsor. We hope they will be very proud of their new boat, which is the first Bateaux Cruises vessel to sail outside of London and Paris and which brings style and luxury back to dining."

LVP adds Aston Villa to portfolio

Aston Villa FC has become the latest venue to join Lime Venue Portfolio’s (LVP) sporting and stadia division. The Midlands-based football club becomes the 11th stadium to join the portfolio, alongside the likes of Swansea City’s Liberty Stadium, Reading FC’s Royal Berkshire Conference Centre and Premiership Champions, Leicester City FC’s King Power Stadium. The partnership will see LVP enhance the venue’s visibility in the local and national agency market, as well as exposure to key corporate clients and new business streams from associations and charities. Wes Johnson, head of catering at Aston Villa Football Club, commented: "We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Levy Restaurants UK and joining LVP, to be amongst so many other iconic unique and unusual venues. We believe in partnering with the best businesses and with Levy and LVP we have two experienced brands that understands this market, and our own unique proposition within it."

Robotic events at Science Museum

The Science Museum in South Kensington has opened a new exhibition exploring the 500-year history of robots, which is available for private use. Featuring a unique collection of over 100 robots, from a 16th century mechanical monk to robots from science fiction and modern-day research labs, the Robots exhibition will enable visitors to discover the cultural, historical and technological context of humanoid robots. There will also be an opportunity to interact with some of the 12 working robots on display. The Robots exhibition is available as an add on to one of the museum’s versatile and creative gallery spaces, with guests able to enjoy exclusive out of hours access of the new exhibition as part of an event. The exhibition has capacity for 150 guests at any one time – for larger events, the museum can arrange staggered viewing slots.
Jodie Guilford, event sales manager at the Science Museum, says: "Following the launch of Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery and Mathematics: The Winton Gallery last year, we are thrilled to reveal another new exhibition at the Science Museum. The Robots exhibition can be hired as an added extra to events taking place in one of our other gallery spaces, and offers a new dimension to events at the museum. We are seeing an increase in clients looking for new, inspiring spaces to hold their events that stimulate creativity and encourage interaction, something we are confident the new Robots exhibition will do. The exhibition is in-situ at the Science Museum until September so we are encouraging clients to book early to avoid missing out."

New apartments for Butlin's Skegness resort

Butlin's has announced plans for new Fairground Apartments at its Skegness resort later this year. The new developments, available to book from spring 2017, will be made up of 93 two-bedroom apartments. They follow the opening of the resort's Seaside Apartments, which were launched in Skegness in 2015. The new Fairground Apartments are designed to embrace Butlin's playful personality and showcase the conference and event brand's trademark, offering the 'corporate playground'. They will be located a five-minute walk from the Fairground and close to Adventure Golf, The Spa and other resort facilities. Butlin's has three seaside resorts and capacity for up to 7,000 delegates for team-building, away days and conferences and events.

Heathrow hotel unveils brain box

A brain box room promising innovative meeting space is being launched at Radisson Blu Edwardian London, Heathrow hotel. The new facility is designed to encourage and inspire alternative designs and technology, such as flexible furniture layouts and Squiggle glass allowing visitors to write ideas on walls. It also features Barco Click, the USB button that allows you to share your screen in one click, and Samsung touch screens. Simon Wong, general manager, Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow, said: "The Radisson Blu Heathrow has always prided itself on providing excellent meeting space near the UK’s largest travel hub, making it a convenient choice for international visitors as well as domestic. However, now we’re able to build on that experience and offer a unique and exciting space with the latest technology to become a catalyst in creative thinking and work."

Singapore hotel introduces robotic staffer

The first front-of-house autonomous service delivery robot in Singapore has been added to the guest services team at M Social Singapore. The hotel says its new team member, AURA, has been developed by Savioke as a robotic solution to the hotel industry’s manpower shortage. It says it will increase productivity within hotels, by optimising operations and taking the guests’ experience to the next level. AURA has been programmed with her own unique personality, and will provide personal, human touches such as delivering items like bottled water, fresh towels, toiletries and meals to guests’ rooms. Guests can interact with AURA using her tablet face. Steve Cousins, CEO, Savioke commented: "If you put an item into AURA and tell her where to go, she will deliver it and then return to the docking station by herself. AURA can operate and ride in elevators, navigate her way to a guest’s door, let them know that a delivery has arrived (guest phone rings), and then open its lid for guests when they answer the door."

EXPO staff ready for opening

The senior staff at Shenyang New World EXPO say they are ready for the venue's soft opening on 1 March, after finishing their rigorous training programme. The March opening will be marked by three major events and staff say they are confident to host them, after having completed their training at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center (HKCEC). EXPO's opening event on 1-3 March will be the DPS Sign & Expo China-Shenyang 2017, followed by the Northeast China International Dental Equipment and Affiliated Exhibition Symposium on Oral Health 2017, on 16-19 March, before the 23rd Northeast China International Building and Decoration Exhibition on 23-25 March. EXPO general manager Diane Chen said: "EXPO’s association with HKCEC as a 'sister venue' and our direct access with its senior management team are enormous benefits to EXPO and Shenyang. Three prestigious exhibitions will be held in March followed by 3 more in April. This specific training as well as the ongoing training EXPO received through HKCEC during the last many months help to ensure a greater level of professionalism when responding to our clients."

Artistic delight at new Mykonos hotel

Kensho design hotel in Mykonos is readying for its first full season when it officially launches on 12 April. The design hotel, which held a soft launch in 2016, offers uniquely designed rooms that feature plush mattresses and seating areas, as well as an iPad that allows guests to order room service. The spa features beauty salon, hammam and massage rooms, as well as a cave spa and outdoor massage area. Guests can also soak up the views at the rooftop bar and restaurant, which serves signature cocktails and fine food. Kensho features 10 suites and 25 rooms, each with its own design.

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