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Florence creates new MICE entity Destination Florence

1st March 2017

A new entity created by the Florence Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Municipality of Florence, is focused on sustaining tourism to the Tuscan capital. Destination Florence will expand and diversify the city’s offerings and improve its


Belfast Waterfront

28th February 2017

Belfast Waterfront, the city's convention centre has been recently revamped and now measures 7,000 sqm. The venue can offer space for up to 5000 delegates, offers 30 meeting/event spaces and boasts an auditorium to seat 2,223 delegates. There are two


Doubletree New York Times Square West Open!

27th February 2017

The Doubletree by Hilton brand has recently opened its door to a new property in New York's Times Square. The hotel is in the very heart of the city, just a stones throw from key city attractions and transport links.  The hotel features 612 modern


Lake Geneva hotel joins Mason Rose portfolio

20th February 2017

The Evian Resort, overlooking the south shore of Lake Geneva, has recently joined the Mason Rose Collection. Located in the heart of celebrated spa town, Evian-les-Bains in France, Evian Resort has played host to a glittering list of clientele spanning


Steigenberger Hotel Group rebrands to Deutsche Hospitality

16th February 2017

Great to have Deutsche Hospitality visit Trinity this week, thank you for keeping us up to date on all your news! 1. Steigenberger Hotel Group has now been re-branded to Deutsche Hospitality. The umbrella company, Deutsche Hospitality stands for an


Hotel brand due to open first property in Cuba

15th February 2017

Kempinski Hotels plans to open a five-star hotel in Cuba this spring, the luxury hotelier announced on Feb. 7. The Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana will be located in the historic Manzana de Gómez building in the heart of Old Havana. The


New Sydney venue opens

27th January 2017

The Sydney ICC has recently opened, with 378,000 square feet of exhibition space, 86,400 square feet of meeting space and 54,000 square feet of an open-air event deck. There are three theatres, the 2,500 seat Darling Harbour Theatre, the 1,000 seat


Airbnb – how will it affect the hotel and meeting industry?

18th January 2017

Morgan Stanley recently published a survey of 4.000 people which has shown that 12% of leisure and business travellers have used Airbnb and this figure is increasing. The estimate is that next year 18% leisure and 16% of business travellers will


London Heathrow Marriott reveals new conference space!

17th January 2017

London Heathrow Marriott has unveiled its brand new conference and meeting space after undergoing an extensive, multi-million pound refurbishment programme.  This is 14 fully, redesigned meeting rooms with the vision to provide state-of-the-art


January 2017 London Openings

9th January 2017

The first month of 2017 will see some very exciting new openings in our capital city. Etc. County Hall will open this month unveiling 43,000sqft of new event space. The space located in London's iconic riverside County Hall venue will have 20


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