Beyond Asia: Malaga, Spain; Hungary; and Denver, US

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

The Higueron Hotel Malaga, Curio Collection by Hilton
The Higueron Hotel Malaga, Curio Collection by Hilton

Spain: Hilton adds Spanish property to portfolio
Hilton has unveiled a new Spanish property in the port city of Malaga in Costa del Sol.

The Higueron Hotel Malaga, Curio Collection by Hilton, offers 177 guestrooms, a sustainable Michelin-star restaurant, two art exhibits with works from local and international artists, and boasts the largest conference centre in the region.

Spanning 2,255m2, the conference space offers six meeting rooms and can hold up to 1,000 attendees, and is an ideal backdrop for a Mediterranean cocktail reception, to large-scale conferences.

The hotel is located 12km from Malaga-Costa del Sol International Airport, which operates extensive routes to destinations such as France, the UK and, most recently, the UAE.

Hungary: Hungexpo Budapest’s gets an upgrade, new facilities
The largest multifunctional event venue in Hungary, the 36ha Hungexpo Budapest, has started its major remodelling project.

Not only will all existing pavilions receive a refurbishment, with new flooring and a facelift of the exterior, all of its eight exhibition halls, ranging from 5,000m2 to 20,000m2 and totalling 60,000m2 of space, will be interconnected with a covered passageway.

Additionally, two new exhibition halls of 5,500m2 and 7,500m2, both of which will boast a 10m-high ceiling, will be added to the event venue. In addition, a brand new arrival hall, and a conference centre will also be constructed. The three-storey congress centre will boast a 2,000 seat auditorium and three dozen smaller meeting rooms, plus a 2,000m2 rooftop terrace. Construction is expected to be completed by 2021.

US: Denver to host Music Cities Convention next year
The Music Cities Convention, first held in Brighton, UK, in 2015, will be heading to Denver, Colorado, in 2020.

The conference, which organisers claim is the largest in the world to explore the relationship between music and the built environment, will be held from September 23-25 at the McNichols Building.

University of Colorado Denver professor Storm Gloor, who developed a course called Music Cities, which teaches how municipalities could benefit from the music economy, linked up with Denver venues and the university to bring the international convention to the city.

The Denver convention will be the fourth edition in the US and ninth global edition. Organisers expect 40 speakers and 300 delegates the September event.

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