Beyond Asia: Istanbul; Lisbon; and Riviera Maya, Mexico

TTGmice's weekly round-up of MICE developments outside of Asia-Pacific.

A rendering of Mandarin Oriental in Istanbul

Turkey: Mandarin Oriental goes to Istanbul
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced the management of a second luxury hotel in Istanbul. The project, which also features branded residences, is scheduled to open in 2022.

The new development comprises three standalone towers and is located in the Etiler residential area, close to the city鈥檚 CBD. One of the towers will house Mandarin Oriental Etiler, Istanbul, and boast 158 guestrooms and suites and 16 serviced apartments. The remaining two towers will house 251 keys under the Residences at Mandarin Oriental brand.

The hotel will have three restaurants and bars, adaptable meeting spaces with outdoor areas and terraces, spa, fitness centre, and an indoor and outdoor swimming pool.

The Residences at Mandarin Oriental will enjoy direct access to the hotel鈥檚 facilities, alongside resident facilities such as two outdoor swimming pools with city skyline views, a fitness centre and six beauty treatment rooms.

Portugal: FIL venue confirms plans for expansion
The Feira Internacional de Lisboa (FIL) in Portugal has unveiled its expansion plans, which will see the exhibition centre tripling its area to around 111,000m2 in 10 years time.

The project’s first phase, to be implemented in 2020, is closing the connection space between the four pavilions and the expansion of Pavilion 4, increasing the exhibition area to 58,000m2. The initial phase of the expansion plan also involves a longitudinal building planned for the four pavilions, a multipurpose structure for exhibitions, meeting rooms and parallel sessions, extending the exhibition area to 78,000m2.

The second phase of this project includes the construction of a new building, which will have an auditorium for 5,000 people, two pavilions, meeting rooms and event support facilities, concluding the expansion to about 111,000m2 of space.

Mexico: Riviera Maya to construct a new convention centre
The Barcel贸 Maya Grand Resort complex has announced plans for a major expansion that includes the opening of one of the largest convention centres in the region, the Barcel贸 Maya Arena, in May 2020.

The convention centre will include over 17,650m2 of customisable multi-purpose space for expos, conventions and events. Additionally, a 316m2 terrace is available for gala receptions. There is also a gazebo near the resort鈥檚 infinity pool that offers oceanfront views.

Also in the works is the adults-only, all-inclusive Barcel贸 Maya Riviera resort, which is set to open this December. The complex currently comprises several resorts: Barcel贸 Maya Palace, Barcel贸 Maya Beach, Barcel贸 Maya Caribe, Barcel贸 Maya Colonial and Barcel贸 Maya Tropical.

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