Here’s TTGmice’s weekly round up of MICE developments outside of Asia-Pacific.
Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi unveils The Coralarium
The 120-key Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi has unveiled the world’s first semi-submerged art gallery, created by renowned underwater naturalist and artist Jason deCaires Taylor.
The Coralarium is a semi-submerged tidal gallery space that exhibits a series of sculptural artworks on the skyline. It pays homage to the abundant sea life and pristine coral house reef surrounding this resort, in which Taylor aims to showcase the fragile beauty of the Maldives and the world’s oceans.
The Coralarium holds three dimensions of artwork: rooftop sculptures placed at the top of the cube structure; the underwater art pieces and sculptures placed on plinths at various heights to highlight tidal movements; and the semi-submerged architectural cube element, which creates a bridge and fusion between both terrestrial and sub-oceanic worlds. The installation focuses on a stainless steel cube structure at a depth of three meters in the lagoon, raising up six meters from the seafloor.
Guided tours in small groups led by the resort’s resident marine biologists are available several times a day.
Hilton expands Mexico presence with second dual-brand property
Hilton has opened the Hampton by Hilton Monterrey Apodaca and Homewood Suites by Hilton Monterrey Apodaca, the brand’s second dual-brand property in Mexico.
The 96-room Hampton by Hilton offers guests the brand’s signature free, hot breakfast, or On the Run Breakfast Bags. Guests also have access to complimentary Wi-Fi and a 24-hour business centre.
Meanwhile, Homewood Suites by Hilton offers 69 studio and one-bedroom apartments, featuring fully-equipped kitchens, and separate living and sleeping areas. Guests are provided with essentials such as a complimentary daily hot breakfast, evening social event from Mondays to Thursdays, Wi-Fi, 24-hour business center, and an on-site convenience store.
While each hotel has its own lobby and dining area, there will be shared communal areas such as the 24-hour fitness centre, outdoor pool, basketball court, and a meeting space for up to 100 guests.
Edinburgh to welcome influential tourism leaders
Edinburg has won the right to host the European Cities Marketing (ECM) Spring Meeting from February 13-15, 2019.
Taking place at The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa Edinburgh, the event will see around 175 senior destination leaders from across the continent gather in the capital to foster critical thinking and debate on topical tourism issues relevant to Edinburgh, such as destination management and future travel trends.
The over-arching theme will be Eventful Cities, which will explore the relationship between city development and events.