by SIRIMA EAMTAKO
Dorsett Grand Chengdu opens
CHINA Dorsett Grand Chengdu, located at the city’s famous Luoma Market near the bustling downtown area of Chunxi, has opened its doors. Featuring 11 function rooms including the pillar-less Dorsett Ballroom for events of up to 600 guests, they are equipped with user-friendly state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and lighting facilities. A one-stop-approach sales and events team is also available in-house.
Dorsett Grand Chengdu has 556 guestrooms and suites equipped with modern facilities, three restaurants and bars, a gym and a business centre. Located in proximity to Chengdu sports centre, the hotel offers convenient access across the city and the Chengdu International Exhibition and Convention Center via the Metro Line 1 and 4.
Regent Singapore sports new look
SINGAPORE After an eight-month multi-million dollar comprehensive makeover, Regent Singapore has unveiled its refurbished guestrooms and meeting rooms as well as a new all-Italian pastry shop.
On top of new carpet, paint, and wallpaper paired with vivid fabrics in the freshly upholstered furniture that reflects Southeast Asia’s heritage, all 440 guestrooms now feature large task chairs with modern lighting fixtures, three desktop universal power points and a data socket. The nightstands come equipped with bed-top level universal power points. Other technological touches include cordless digital phones and an audio connector for iPods and MP3 players.
Newly-renovated Cuscaden and Nassim meeting rooms, which can accommodate 30-72 guests and 36-180 delegates respectively, have been given natural daylight and modern event technology. They are part of the hotel’s 19 function spaces, including the Royal Pavilion Ballroom that sits 680 guests theatre style.
The latest addition is Dolcetto by Basilico, an all-Italian pastry shop inspired by the success of the hotel’s Basilico Italian restaurant. This new pasticceria boasts premium coffee and specialty pastry treats, as well as a selection of Italy-imported confectionery.
Mövenpick debuts in China
CHINA Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts has recently introduced the first international five-star hotel to Enshi city in central China’s Hubei province.
The 240-room Mövenpick Hotel Enshi offers a 515-sq m grand ballroom, a 250-seat banquet hall and eight meeting rooms. Its Lotus Garden Chinese Restaurant also features 14 private dining rooms for eight to 20 guests.
Other amenities include a club lounge, all-day dining venue, deli shop, outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre, and a spa and beauty salon.
Located close to the convention centre in Enshi’s business district, the hotel is a short drive from the train station with fast connections to Wuhan, Chongqing, and the newly-built airport. Surrounded by forested hills, Enshi is renowned for its limestone karsts, Tenglong Caves and Xianfeng Dam, which is set against the backdrop of western China’s largest virgin forest and Tujia ethnic villages.
The hotel is Mövenpick’s first of four properties to open in China by 2015. Others include a 380-room resort on Sanya’s Phoenix Island, a 350-room hotel in Inner Mongolia’s Chifeng City and a 300-room hotel in Shanghai.
MBS rewards loyal meeting planners
SINGAPORE Marina Bay Sands (MBS) has launched a loyalty programme that encompasses an array of benefits and privileges designed to reward event planners and business partners.
Members can earn points in the form of destination dollars when hosting meetings, incentives, conferences or exhibitions at MBS. The Sands Rewards Meetings card can be used to earn 3 per cent in rewards for future purchases when shopping, dining or staying at the property throughout the year.
This year, MBS hosted several large-scale international conventions and exhibitions, including the Young Presidents’ Organization World Leadership Conference, Tax Free World Association Asia Pacific Conference and Exhibition, and CFA Institute’s 66th Annual Conference.
MBS houses a Sands Expo and Convention Center that can accommodate up to 45,000 delegates, with 2000 exhibition booths, 250 meeting rooms and Southeast Asia’s largest ballroom. The ballroom can cater up to 11,000 guests theatre-style, 6000 banquet-style, and 7000 for staged performances.
MBS also houses many on-site venues ideal for special events, including the Sands SkyPark® the ArtScience Museum, an outdoor plaza and a range of
As a testament to its capability to host high-profile events, MBS was commended for its contribution to tourism at the Singapore Experience Awards in 2011.