Beyond Asia: The Lume, LOT185 Café + Wine Bar, and ISA 2024

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

The Lume

The Lume opens its doors in UK’s Manchester
Singapore-based hotel investment platform M&L Hospitality has opened a new 19-storey hotel development, The Lume, in Manchester, UK, boasting both Crowne Plaza and Staybridge Suites hotel brands.

Located in the bustling Oxford Road area within walking distance of the city centre, the newly completed 328-room hotel development is the company’s first property in Manchester.

Located on the upper seven floors, Staybridge Suites will offer a mix of 116 studio and one-bedroom suites featuring fully-equipped kitchens and views of the city from the terrace on the 18th floor. Occupying the lower 12-storeys, Crowne Plaza will feature 212 guestrooms, a 120-seat restaurant, bar, 24-hour gym, club lounge and seven meeting rooms that can cater to over 200 delegates.

Vancouver Convention Centre opens local-focused cafe and wine bar
The Vancouver Convention Centre has opened its new café and wine bar, LOT185.

Overlooking Jack Poole Plaza with views of the Stanley Park and harbour, this new two-storey space for 80 people will offer a casual dining experience for event attendees and Vancouverites, as well as a unique space option for meeting planners.

The menu at LOT185 will focus on local ingredients while embracing the diverse landscape of British Columbia. An in-house bakery, overseen by executive pastry chef Maurizio Persichino, will provide fresh baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, and other grab and go items during the day.

Tapas and Neapolitan–style pizzas will be featured in the afternoon and evenings with a menu crafted by executive chef Mark Massicotte that reflects the multicultural flavours that can be found all around Vancouver. A BC forward wine and craft beer list, complemented by a selection of international wines, will be offered alongside a full coffee bar with ethically sourced beans from North Vancouver coffee roasters, Moja Coffee.

LOT185 Café + Wine Bar will operate both in tandem and independently from the Convention Centre with its own entrance as well as entry points from inside the facility. The hours of operation will be Monday to Friday from 07.00 to 21.00, Saturday from 08.00 to 21.00, closed Sundays.

Oman wins international conference for 2024
The Oman Society of Lipid & Atherosclerosis (OSLA) has won the bid to host the Triennial International Symposium on Atherosclerosis (ISA) in 2024 in Muscat, Oman – bringing the Ministry of Tourism of Oman closer to targeting 11 million visitors by 2040.

First held in 1967 in Chicago, the ISA’s recent editions were held in Sydney, Australia and Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The 19th edition will be held in Kyoto, Japan in 2021. The 20th edition be the first time the conference is hosted in the Middle East, and is expected to bring 2,500 delegates over three days.

The 2024 conference will be held at Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, which includes a 3,200-person theatre, 22,000m2 exhibition space and 55 meeting spaces.

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