TTGmice's weekly round-up of MICE developments outside of Asia-Pacific.
Brazil: DoubleTree by Hilton plants first hotel in the country
Hilton and Atlantica Hotels have announced the signing of a management license agreement to develop and manage DoubleTree by Hilton hotels in Brazil, with the first DoubleTree by Hilton hotel planned for Porto Alegre.
Scheduled to open in 2021, the 141-room DoubleTree by Hilton Pontal Porto Alegre will be located at Padre Cacique Avenue, and will form part of a large complex which includes a shopping mall and office tower. The hotel will have over 900m2 of meetings and events space.
US: Salt Lake City betters infrastructure to attract more corporate business
Salt Lake City, in the state of Utah, is planning several business events infrastructure in the pipeline amid an economic boom.
Projects include the US$3.6 billion redevelopment of the Salt Lake City International Airport, set to begin operations in 2020. In addition, a 28-storey convention hotel is expected to break ground later this year and bring more than 700 rooms and 5,760m2 of additional meeting space to the city when it opens in 2022.
Salt Lake City’s other meetings offerings include the Salt Palace Convention Center in the heart of downtown with approximately 92,900m2 of exhibit, meeting, ballroom and pre-function space; the Mountain America Expo Center 26km south of Salt Lake City International Airport; and luxury hotels such as The Grand America Hotel with conference space for up to 3,000 guests.
UK: UFIâ€™s European Conference goes to Birmingham
UFIâ€™s 2019 European Conference will soon take place in Birmingham during May 15-17.
Themed The Organisersâ€™ Future, the event will focus on whatâ€™s in store for organisers in Europe and beyond. It will cover global opportunities from a European perspective, as well as focus on the US, China and Russia.
The opening keynote session will feature broadcaster Robert Peston, and former chief of staff to the Brexit secretary Nick de Bois, who will host a Q&A with delegates on Brexit and its consequences for the economy.
Other speakers include Easyfair’s CEO and founder Eric Everard, AMR International (UK)’s Denzil Rankine, and Event Tech Live founders Adam Parry and Katie Crocombe.
There will also be two co-located events: the Digital Innovation Forum taking place on May 15, focusing on real-life cases, problems and benefits of implementing digital innovation, and the Operations and Services Forum taking place on May 14-15, which will be looking at different forms of smart technology that are currently in use to optimise operations.