Beyond Asia: OCEC, Hollywood Roosevelt, and Radisson Blu Hotel, Trabzon

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

Said Al Shanfari
Said Salim Al-Shanfari

OCEC appoints new CEO
Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) has appointed Said Salim Al-Shanfari as its CEO, who has been tasked to lead the organisation through its next phase of innovation and growth, and align with the Sultanate’s 2040 tourism strategy.

Al-Shanfari has experience working in leadership roles in marketing and communications across Oman, as well as in the region. His experience includes various management positions during his eight-year tenure in Ooredoo Oman.

He was most recently general manager of marketing communication and performance at Omantel.

New meeting space at the Hollywood Roosevelt
The 300-key Hollywood Roosevelt has added a new meeting and event space.

The new studio space, called the White Room, is available for private meetings and events. Located just off the property’s Tropicana Pool & Café, it is accessible through gardens and palms leading to a set of glass sliding doors. Attendees can also enter through the Joshua Vides hallway, a secret walk-through art installation painted by the urban artist in his signature graphic black and white style.

The Hollywood Roosevelt also recently restored its Blossom Ballroom, a historic space that was the site of the first Academy Awards in 1929.

In total, the property has more than 2,300m2 of indoor and outdoor meeting space, spread across 11 rooms. In addition to the White Room and the Blossom Ballroom, meeting planners can also select from the historic Academy Room, which is the former thinkspace of the Motion Picture Academy, or the rooftop deck.

Radisson Blu opens an outpost in Trabzon, Turkey
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Trabzon, has opened its doors in the historic Turkish city of Trabzon.

Situated in Boztepe, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Trabzon, is at the heart of an area of ancient religious significance and the site of four major sacred fountains. The hotel stands two kilometres from the city centre, offering 162 rooms, some with balconies, and views of the Black Sea.

There are two F&B options on-site: Turkish eatery Kolcuoglu, and international à la carte all-day-dining restaurant Queen. Meanwhile, leisure facilities include a spa and wellness centre, gym, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. For events and functions, there are five conference rooms, and a ballroom capable of hosting over 1,200 people.

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