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March 28, 2017

Convention Space News: Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne, Miami Convention Center

From Switzerland to Miami, there have been a number of big new developments in convention spaces this week. 

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Palace Hotel at the Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne Opens for Meetings

The Palace Hotel, one of four hotels at the Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne, has opened for small meetings and special events. When the entire resort is completed, the meetings facility – central Switzerland’s largest – will offer 23,680 square feet of space in 31 venues accommodating 800 attendees.

“In developing our strategic vision for the Bürgenstock Resort, the MICE segment was one of our five pillars” said Bruno Schöpfer, the resort’s managing director.

One hour by train from the center of Zurich, one and a half hours from Zurich airport and three hours from Geneva, the resort is twenty minutes from Lucerne, Switzerland's most popular destination for Americans.

The 108-room hotel has a French restaurant, lounge and bar, wine cellar and an expansive terrace overlooking the lake. The hotel’s 10,882 square feet of meeting space includes the 1,862-square-foot Salle Palace and the 1,690-square-foot Salle Palace Foyer that can be used for presentations and events. With floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of Lake Lucerne, the Salle Palace and its Foyer can also be used for gala events and wedding receptions. Also available are nine breakout rooms, two function rooms, a foyer, a boardroom and a lounge.

Opening in September, the 102-room Bürgenstock Hotel, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, will have a restaurant, lobby lounge and bar, wine cellar, and a cigar lounge. For events, it will have 5,382 square feet of meeting space divided among its Lakeview Ballroom and its foyer, an Executive Lounge, private cinema and private dining room.

Situated behind the Bürgenstock Hotel overlooking farms and pastures, the 16,145 square-foot Piazza provides a spacious outdoor area for events.

By the end of the year, the Waldhotel Healthy Living will open with 160 rooms and a restaurant serving healthy cuisine. This property will offer spa services and facilities for medical check-ups, physical therapy, weight management, post-operative convalescence and wellness programs. Meeting facilities will include a 1,700 square-foot conference room, two private dining rooms and a boardroom.

In addition, the resort's 12-room Taverne 1879 has opened after a comprehensive renovation. Its 65-seat restaurant serves Swiss specialties

By 2018, two indoor tennis courts (9,150 square feet) and one outdoor court (10,440 square feet) will provide additional event venues.

When participants are not attending conferences, they can sample one of the resort's 12 restaurants, bars and lounges that serve classic French cuisine à la Escoffier and César Ritz, Asian, Middle Eastern, Swiss and regional Alpine cuisines. The Bürgenstock Alpine Spa, one of Europe's largest spas, will offer a full menu of massages and treatments for busy executives. Attendees can also opt for golf, tennis, swimming and hiking on the resort's 43 miles of trails.

Incentive organizers and meeting planners will find historic buildings scattered throughout the resort's 148 acres that are a good fit for special events, such as the Spycher Club, an ornately-carved 18th century building, and the 1928 Golf Restaurant with its terrace overlooking the course. 

“We welcomed our first conference last week,” said Schöpfer.  

MICE rate begins at CHF410 (or about US$414) and includes full breakfast, VAT, service charges, spa entry, use of funicular and boat and free Wi-Fi.

Visit www.buergenstock.ch/en

Watch: Behind the Scenes of the Miami Beach Convention Center’s Big Renovations

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau has release a new behind-the-scenes look at the $615 million renovation of the Miami Beach Convention Center. Captured by aerial drones, planners can watch a video of the latest on the project here:

When renovations are complete, the LEED-certified meeting facility will have:

  • More than 500,000 square feet of exhibit space
  • A 60,000 square foot mixed use ballroom
  •  81 new break-out rooms spanning 190,000 square feet
  • The 5.8-acre convention center asphalt parking lot will be transformed into a public park with open lawn spaces, shaded areas, a veteran’s plaza and a food and visitor information pavilion
  • An 800 covered rooftop public parking spaces accessible to the general public and residents
  •  A partnership with Art in Public Places to commission public artwork

The new MBCC is expected to bring an additional $100 million per year to the destination’s economic impact, the CVB said. 

In the heart of South Beach, the facility is 12 miles from Miami International Airport

Visit planners.miamiandbeaches.com

Grand Hyatt New York Debuts Big Conference Level Reno

Conference room at the Grand Hyatt New York

The Grand Hyatt New York in Midtown Manhattan recently debuted a multi-million dollar renovation of its Conference Level, including 12,000 square feet of meeting space and 18 breakout rooms. The new project marks the first major renovation at the hotel since a refresh of its guestrooms and public spaces in 2011. 

Designed by New York City-based interior design and architecture firm Nemaworkshop, the new design reflects the energy of the adjacent Grand Central Terminal and the New York City skyline. The designers chose material that would reflect Grand Central’s vitality and kinetic energy, most notably silver and metallic wall coverings from Wolf Gordon and Koroseal. The silver and metallic, along with a brown and blue color palette, aims to reflect the turn of the century style of Grand Central Terminal. Other aspects of the design aim to evoke a warm living room environment that complements the existing spaces of the hotel.

The design incorporates unique elements such as a barn door for a conference room and a custom drink case that encourages meetings guests to have a less formal office experience. The walls are adorned with artwork and photographs of Grand Central Terminal, curated to complement the interiors. Unlike in other projects where artwork is the last step of the design process, Nemaworkshop started with consideration of the art and chose photographs of this iconic landmark that focused on abstract elements of the terminal, both inside and out, the hotel said. They also added new technologies, including a digital touch screen for wayfinding.

The Grand Hyatt New York has a total of over 60,000 square feet of meeting space and 1,298 guestrooms, including 43 suites. 

Visit newyork.grand.hyatt.com

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