Beyond Asia: Kartause Ittingen, Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest and ICNPB

Here’s TTGmice’s weekly round up of MICE developments outside of Asia.

One of the meeting spaces in Kartause Ittingen

Meet in a former Carthusian monastery
Kartause Ittingen, a former monastery located in Switzerland’s north-east, near to the town of Frauenfeld and Lake Constance, is now open for seminars, workshops and conferences.

Aside from its cultural and conference centre with 21 meeting rooms – ideal for small groups of four upwards to 450 participants – the property also features 68 hotel rooms. Other facilities include a restaurant with a terrace, a bowling alley, and billiards room.

An extensive supporting programme is also available, such as cheese-making classes, tastings, monastery and garden tours, farming, and forest walking trails.

The quiet atmosphere, surrounded by unspoilt nature and landscaped gardens, is sure to inspire new ideas.

The Kempinski in Budapest introduces its new Ten Rooms concept
The Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest has recently completed its refurbishment of the hotel’s entire first-floor meeting and events area.

The ambience and mood settings of the Grand Room (Rooms One, Two, Three) now can be managed via a colour spectrum app on an iPad. The Hungarian wall fixtures, crystal chandeliers, Alacantara wall cladding and timber wall panels are also new features, the latter serving to reduce noise levels.

There is also a kitchen in the foyer just next to the Grand Room with a fully operational stove and countertop, allowing for engagement with the hotel’s chefs. This would be ideal for culinary-themed events and interactive coffee breaks.

Room Four is a newly-created boardroom with two areas, one for informal meetings where the seating is relaxed, and a formal meeting table arrangement. Room Five is the second newly-created boardroom boasting with Italian furniture with windows overlooking Erzsébet square. The floor in Room Six is covered with wood, and its ceiling adorned with small spotlights to evoke a star-lit sky.

Next, the function rooms of Seven, Eight, Nine, and Ten were reconfigured to maximise capacity and flexibility. A corridor was also opened out along an outside wall to the four windowless rooms to enlarge them as well as allow natural daylight in.

Lastly, the communal area serving the function rooms has been relocated as a result of the reconstruction, and the former service corridor has been converted into a versatile pre-function area with two hospitality desks and a projection screen in the background.

AECC to host life science and biotechnology conference
Next month, the International Conference on Natural Product Biotechnology (ICNPB) will be taking place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC), in collaboration with the major International Conference on the Mechanism of Action of Nutraceuticals (ICMAN) and the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (IUPHAR) Natural Products Section joint conference.

ICNPB will be held from September 25-26, before ICMAN-IUPHAR from September 27-29. Both the conferences will bring the life science and biotechnology communities together, where topics of natural resources, sustainable ingredients and ways of using them to produce nutraceuticals and pharmaceutical ingredients will be discussed.

The conference received a grant from VisitAberdeenshire, which helped secure the event for the Scottish city.

Jenni Fraser, business development director of VisitAberdeenshire, said: “Hosting association congress like this generates significant income to the area, and ICNPB alone will generate over £200,000 (US$258,560) for the local economy through hotel bed nights, restaurants and other visitor attractions.”

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