Here's TTGmice's weekly round-up of MICE developments outside of Asia-Pacific.
Etihad Airways upgrades its UAE chauffeur services
Etihad Airways has enhanced its chauffeur services in the UAE with the launch of an online booking option.
Customers will now be able to book and manage Etihadâ€™s chauffeur services directly through the airlineâ€™s mobile-optimised website without having to call Etihadâ€™s Contact Centre or a travel agent.
Customers can now book and confirm their chauffeur service up to 12 hours prior to their flightâ€™s departure. The new system, created in partnership with Vxceed Technologies, also allows guests to amend or cancel their chauffeur booking.
The new features will enable customers to receive SMS and e-mail confirmation for their scheduled pick-up. Moreover, customers can also connect with their chauffeur prior to being collected. The chauffeur service â€“ operated with Mercedes-Benz E-Class luxury sedans â€“ will facilitate timely pick-up and drop-off for customers, and enable them to provide their live feedback after each trip.
Future system enhancements will enable Etihad Guest members to use their miles to book a private transfer for themselves within the UAE, irrespective of which cabin they are travelling in.
The Hague plays host to Metabolomics Society’s annual conference
The city of The Hague in western Netherlands will be the destination for the 15th Annual Conference of the Metabolomics Society happening next year.
The conference will take place over five days from June 24-28, and will be held at World Forum The Hague, the city’s largest convention centre.
“Metabolomics is a key enabling technology in the life sciences, for the comprehensive characterisation of the small molecule metabolites in biological systems. Its applications are manifold: from personalised medicine, understanding the causes and development of diseases, nutrition and micronutrients, to crop improvement and industrial biotechnology. In the conference we will put a strong emphasis on these applications,” said Thomas Hankemeier, scientific director of the Netherlands Metabolomics Centre and chair of the local organising committee.
The Metabolomics Society is an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to the development of metabolism-based research. Its annual meetings gather researchers in the field of metabolomics from all over the world and is the largest metabolomics conference of its kind, filled with scientific programmes, workshops and social networking programmes.
Montreal gets second Embassy Suites
Embassy Suites by Hilton has opened a 162-key property on Montreal near the junction of the St Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers, 15 minutes away from the airport.
Owned and managed by Eastonâ€™s Group of Hotels, the hotel features 162 suites decorated in a modern and stylish decor, each equipped with a microwave, mini fridge and wet bar. Guests may upgrade for a higher floor and enjoy faster Wi-Fi and additional in-room amenities, including a bathrobe and a Keurig Coffee machine.
Guests staying at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Montreal Airport can enjoy a free made-to-order breakfast in the morning, and complimentary drinks and appetisers daily at the Evening Reception. Facilities include restaurant West Side Social, fitness centre, business centre, meeting room, and a 24-hour convenience shop located in the lobby.