Here's TTGmice's weekly round-up of MICE developments outside of Asia-Pacific.
New multimedia show at Masada National Park
The Israel Nature and Parks Authority has unveiled a 45-minute multimedia show, From Dusk to Dawn at Masada National Park, part of a larger historical exhibit.
Visitors start at the western side of Mount Masada, which offers historical information zones along the route that takes the visitors to the performance. The short film then takes visitors behind the scenes to learn about the archaeological excavations on Masada, as well as two audio zones that recount the story of the Roman siege of Masada and King Herod’s extravagant lifestyle.
The performance makes use of innovative video-mapping technology, as well as advanced lighting and sound effects, and is projected onto Mount Masada, its “screen”.
The open-air theatre hosts up to 1,500 people, and showtimes are every Tuesday and Thursday after sunset (winters 19.30, summers 20.30 or 21.30).
There is also a camping area to accommodate overnight visitors.
Oregon Convention Center completes US$40m renovation
Oregon Convention Center (OCC) in Portland, US, has completed its US$40 million renovation project, its first large-scale renovation since the venue was built 30 years ago.
The refurbishment includes updates to numerous public spaces in order to improve accessibility for event attendees, provide more space options and elevate design aspects. A plaza has been carved out to provide an outdoor space option for events, which will also serve as a community space for locals, staff and event attendees.
The completion of the renovation coincided with the opening of Hyatt Regency Portland hotel, adjacent to OCC. The sizeable convention hotel boasts 600 guestrooms, alongside spaces for meetings and events.
Marhaba updates its international lounge network
Marhaba, dnataâ€™s airport hospitality brand, is expanding its international network in four different countries.
For starters, the airport services provider will be expanding its flagship lounge in Dubai (UAE), as well as opening an additional facility in Geneva. The expansion of the UAE lounge will be completed by summer, while the new Swiss lounge is expected to open by the end of 2020.
Two existing dnata lounges at the airports of Geneva, Zurich and Singapore will also undergo refurbishment and rebranding, bringing all facilities in the companyâ€™s network under the same brand in the next two years.
All facilities will offer comfortable seating, superfast Wi-Fi, and international buffet catering to a wide range of dietary requirements. Several lounges will also feature a quiet zone for relaxation, shower facilities and dedicated kids areas.