Here's TTGmice's weekly round-up of MICE developments outside of Asia-Pacific.
Tengile River Lodge brings new stay option to Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Conservation-led travel company &Beyond has launched the Tengile River Lodge within South Africaâ€™s Sabi Sand Game Reserve, offering nine contemporary and luxurious guest suites deep into the riverine forest on the banks of the Sand River.
Drawing inspiration from the history of Kirkmanâ€™s Kamp, each suite offers 180-degree views over the river, looking out onto one of South Africaâ€™s most wildlife-rich conservation areas. At over 200m2 per suite, the lodge boasts some of the largest rooms in the Sabi Sand.
In keeping with &Beyondâ€™s ethos of sustainability, the lodge design makes use of repurposed material with a connection to the setting. For instance, the stone cladding was sourced from a local quarry while the roofs are covered in sand from the site itself.
Recreational facilities include a wellness centre comprising a gym and pool, massage rooms and a sunken deck from where guests can enjoy the tranquil surrounding while awaiting their treatment.
Women in events to be celebrated on March 7
The Association for Women in Events (AWE) will run its womenâ€™s leadership event Elevate! on the eve of International Womenâ€™s Day, March 7, at the Conrad Washington DC.
The event will include sessions from women in business and politics, as well as women and men who are making a difference in the industry and in business.
Sarah Hurwitz, White House speechwriter from 2009 to 2017, will be the keynote speaker and will share experiences from her time as the head speechwriter for former US First Lady Michelle Obama.
BCD Meetings & Events makes new hires
As part of BCD Meetings & Events’ integration of Grass Roots M&E, three new hires have been announced for the EMEA region.
Katie Knight will serve as senior director, Life Sciences Centre of Excellence. She has over 20 yearsâ€™ experience across the M&E industry, predominantly in life sciences, where she has delivered strategic and operational excellence across all elements of the market.
Mark Scales takes over as creative director, creative solutions EMEA. He most recently spent four years at Banks Sadler as head of event solutions.
Arran Cruickshanks will serve as account director. He joined the M&E world following a career as a professional sportsman.