Here's TTGmice's weekly round-up of MICE developments outside of Asia-Pacific.
Raffles Hotels & Resorts opens third European outpost
Raffles Europejski Warsaw has opened in Poland, in a neo-renaissance palace dating back to 1857. Painstakingly restored to its pre-war glory, the hotel now feature 106 rooms and suites with blackened oak floors, contemporary Polish art, and sleek marble-clad bathrooms with Art Deco touches.
Aside from the four F&B venues, Raffles Europejski Warsaw also features a corner library, Raffles Spa with six treatment rooms, a 24-hour gym, and an upstream indoor swimming pool.
United unveils exclusive Private Suite in LAX
United Airlines and The Private Suite have partnered to offer the airline’s customers access to a newly-built, private terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
The United-branded lounge at the new terminal includes individual suites and restrooms, and features a full bar and top-tier food service.
Customers who purchase access will enjoy private and personalised check-in and baggage handling, as well as private screening by Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers. United customers using the new terminal will also be driven across the airfield in BMW 7-Series sedans directly to their aircraft.
Access to The Private Suite will be included in certain business-class fares, for customers flying to or from New York/Newark; Aspen, Colorado; Hawaii; London Heathrow; Los Cabos, Mexico; Melbourne and Sydney, Australia; Shanghai; Singapore; and Tokyo Narita.
The Private Suite experience will initially be available through select corporate travel booking desks and travel agents, and later available for purchase on united.com or through the United app as part of a premium-cabin ticket fare.
OCEC increases size with completion of second phase
The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) has launched its convention centre, where the completed second phase of development complements five existing exhibition halls and 10 hospitality suites.
The centre now offers two ballrooms (including the largest ballroom in Oman), a 456 tiered-seat theatre, and 22 meeting rooms. The Junior Ballroom can accommodate 540 guests for a banquet or 1,000 guests theatre-style, while the Grand Ballroom can seat 1,200 people or be split into seven breakout areas for a convention.
With the new areas spanning 4,576m2, the total current event space has now reached 48,632m2. In a few months’ time, the final phase, a 3,200-seater theatre, will open its doors for its first performance.