Here's TTGmice's weekly round-up of MICE developments outside of Asia-Pacific.
The Lighthouse shines bright in Tel Aviv
The Lighthouse has opened within an iconic Brutalist office tower built in the 1970s in central Tel Aviv, Israel. There are 160 rooms available ranging in size from 22m2 to 27m2, some of which also offer sweeping views of the White City and Mediterranean Sea. Out of the 160 keys, there are 12 terrace rooms that boast private balconies and outdoor jacuzzis.
Facilities include two cocktail bars, two pools, a full-service gym/spa, The Lighthouse restaurant, a rooftop lounge on the 18th floor, and a lower-level conference/banqueting centre that can accommodate up to 400 people.
IAPCO expands outreach in Africa
A destination partnership agreement between the Rwanda Convention Bureau and IAPCO (the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers) has been signed.
Strategically, IAPCO is focusing on expanding its outreach in Africa, having previously established destination partnerships in Europe, North America, Asia, Middle East, Latin America and Australasia. Rwanda completes IAPCOâ€™s stable of regionally exclusive global partnerships, and together they will be able to create high quality platforms for the exchange of knowledge, business and cultural understanding,
IAPCO, with 130 company members across 41 countries, representing more than 7,500 professional congress organisers and meeting professionals, has the potential to bring major international association business to the city and region.
New addition to the Fairgrounds, Syracuse
New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse has opened a brand-new event space, completing its second phase of the revitalisation.
The US$63 million facility, which comes with the renovated Orange parking lot, boasts more than 10,200m2 of clear-span floor space and 4,000 retractable seats. It is expected to attract major shows and special events, many of which were previously unable to come to upstate New York due to the lack of suitable space.
With this latest opening, the total available indoor space on the Fairgrounds now stands at more than 41,800m2.