Here's TTGmice's weekly round-up of MICE developments outside of Asia-Pacific.
The Barbican Centre makes improvements on existing event spaces
The Barbican Centre in London is refurbishing and upgrading Cinemas 2 and 3 to enable them to also be used for conferencing ‚Äď complete with registration and food and beverage spaces.
Cinemas 2 and 3, which opened in 2012, will undergo upgrades and refurbishment, with a targeted opening date this summer. Once work is complete, both cinemas will have a capacity of 150 pax each, as well as offer the latest in high definition projection and audiovisual facilities.
WSCC expansion moves forward
The expansion of the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) in Seattle has been approved to go forward by the City Council. The US$1.6 billion project, scheduled for a 2021 completion, aims to double the size of the facility to more than 78,900m2 of space.
The design of the WSCC addition prioritises efficiency, connections with the surrounding neighbourhoods, open and engaging public spaces, and a unique experience that embodies Seattle’s special qualities. The also aims to be a leader in sustainability, and will seek LEED Silver certification.
QO Amsterdam marries luxury and sustainability
QO Amsterdam, a 288-key InterContinental Hotels Group property, has opened its doors in Amstelkwartier in the Dutch capital.
The 21-floor hotel is designed to reduce environmental impact while creating the best possible guest experience, from the rooftop greenhouse to the intelligent facŐßade and energy-saving features in its construction.
Amenities include Dutch eatery Persijn; Juniper & Kin, kitchen garden & bar on the 21st floor; 482m2 of meeting space; and Embody, a wellness studio on the 20th¬†floor that offers the latest in fitness and wellness trends, and a wide range of group classes.