New medieval adventure at Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle is offering delegates a chance for fun and adventure when its new Knights' Village opens this summer. The 28 lodges sleep up to five guests in two bedrooms, and are set in the wooded idyll of the 64-acre estate. They have been designed in medieval style, featuring lofty ceilings, wooden beams, stonework and oak wood-styled exteriors. Other details like medieval-themed light fittings and door handles enhance the historic experience. Geoff Spooner, General Manager at Warwick Castle, said: “This is a new chapter for Warwick Castle as from 1 July we’ll offer guests year-round lodge-style accommodation to complement the Castle’s two sumptuous Tower Suites, set within the fourteenth century Caesar’s Tower, and our superb seasonal Mediaeval Glamping Village.” Bookings are being taken now.

Heathrow Marriott begins meeting redesign

Business guests at the London Heathrow Marriott Hotel will be meeting in style thanks to a multi-million pound conference room refurbishment programme. The business and leisure hotel has begun transforming its meeting experience with the introduction of engaging technology and flexible workspaces that inspire collaboration and creative solutions for delegates. Due for completion by May 2016, the investment will see 14 fully redesigned, multi-purpose meeting rooms within 1,800 square metres of refurbished conference space. The renovated conference space will offer a meeting room capacity of up to 480 people with an additional four meeting rooms, all equipped with innovative technology such as Write on Walls, Barco Clickshare, LED screens, Bluetooth sound bars and an integrated PA system. Business guests will also be able to enjoy a reimagined food and beverage experience in the new conference area, along with versatile seating options and flexible social spaces. The renovation will see an increase in the hotel’s pre-function area and will cover 900 sqm, perfect for accommodating larger conferences and exhibitions. Award-winning architects, EPR, is helping design its fresh new space.

A Landmark refurbishment

The Landmark London has refurbished its beautiful Tower Suite to become what it claims is one of London's most sought-after private dining rooms. The refurbishment of the room, along with the venue's ballroom, has been designed to capture a classic style and elegance. The private room can seat up to 36 guests and features an atrium window allowing natural light, as well as views over the winter garden and the Landmark London's original clock tower. The venue is also offering a number of deals for new events that take place before 30 April, including a £20 day delegate rate which includes meeting room hire, three coffee breaks, and a choice of either a three-course lunch, fork buffet or working buffet lunch.

Conference rooms get £1 million make-over

A £1 million refurbishment of all bedrooms at Warwick Conferences' Radcliffe training and conference is due to be finished this spring. The project will see the 154 bedrooms replaced with new carpets, wall coverings, desks, beds, wardrobes and soft furnishings. It comes as work continues for Warwick Conferences' £5.3 million investment in The Canvas, a new customisable events venue set to open on the University of Warwick campus in Autumn 2016. Rachael Bartlett, head of sales and marketing at Warwick Conferences, said: “We’re extremely proud of our diverse range of facilities here at Warwick Conferences and dedicated to continuously improving the events solutions we offer for our clients. 2016 is set to be a busy and exciting year for the business, and the investment in our Radcliffe venue plays an important role in our ongoing commitment to enhance our facilities.”

Mandalay Bay a safe bet for meetings

One of the most iconic hotels on the Las Vegas strip, the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, has completed a £40 million expansion project. The hotel’s Convention Center has been expanded with the opening of the 6,500 sqm Oceanside Ballroom, to finish off a project which has added 32,500 sqm of exhibition space, a new foyer and underground parking. The final stage of the redevelopment, a redesign of more than 3,000 guest rooms and suites is expected to be completed in February. Additional features include a high-speed Wi-Fi connection which enables event attendees to stay connected at any MGM-branded destination along The Strip; from Mandalay Bay to The Mirage, including MGM Grand, Bellagio and ARIA.

New luxury opens in Muscat

Set where east meets west, a 'new kind of luxury' has opened overlooking the Muscat mountains in Oman. The 231-room Hormuz Grand Hotel, Muscat: the treasure of the Gulf provides sophisticated style for all travellers. The Zaiba ballroom boasts an exquisite backdrop while four boardrooms and a club boardroom offer all amenities needed by business travellers. Each suite includes complimentary breakfast and access to the Club Lounge.

Taking events to the next dimension

Coinciding with the new musical at the National Theatre, an immersive event space called enter is now available for private hire. The space features nine interactive exhibits including fabulous, a virtual reality music video experienced through Oculus Rift. Private hire of enter is available to corporate attendees of the production, with both pre-show and interval options allowing guests to remain immersed in the bizarre world just a little longer. The package can be booked for 20 to 60 guests. To make the experience at the National Theatre even more memorable, event organisers can book backstage tours and programmes for guests. Enter is available for hire until April 2016.

New meeting space barges into Britannia’s offer

The Royal Yacht Britannia has expanded its meeting and event facilities with the addition of the 60-capacity Vine Trust Barge. Berthed in the Prince of Wales dock, Leith, near Edinburgh, just metres from Britannia, the Barge can accommodate up to 60-delegates. Meeting space with panoramic views is available in The Glass Room, plus capacity for 20 in the Cinema Room, or the Training Room, all complete with sound system, projector, screens and smart board. Combined with an outdoor deck area, the Barge can also complement an exclusive evening drinks reception, private tour or corporate dinner on board Her Majesty’s Royal Yacht.

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