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November 30, 2016

Roundup: Big New Luxury Event Hotel in Dubai, Marriott’s New Europe Event Plan

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Big news to watch in the Middle East and Europe today in the meetings and events industry. 

Opening Soon: Jumeirah Al Naseem

Dubai is about to get a big new luxury hotel that could be of interest to meeting planners. The Jumeirah Al Naseem is set to open December 1 as the fourth and final phase of the Madinat Jumeirah resort. 

The resort has a Conference Center with a capacity of 9,000 people over 100,000 square feet of multipurpose indoor and outdoor spaces throughout the resort, ranging from meeting rooms to banquet and event facilities. The move follows last fall’s expansion of Fort Island, making it the largest hotel event space in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Fort Island has over 18,000 square feet of outdoor space and can host events of up to 1,400 people in a setting with views of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah

The Jumeirah Al Naseem is a 430-room “resort within a resort.” It joins Madinat Jumeirah’s three other hotels, the Jumeirah Al Qasr, the recently renovated Jumeirah Mina A’Salam and the summerhouses of Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf

Planners who partner with Jumeirah get unlimited entry to each of its nine hotels and their facilities, access to hundreds of restaurants, and seamless transportation between the properties by way of buggy, foot, or traditional abras.

Visit www.jumeirah.com

Marriott’s European Convention Network Partners With GoInStore

In Europe, Marriott’s European Convention Network (ECN) has announced a new partnership with London-based technology startup GoInStore that will offer meeting planners access to virtual live tours of the meetings and events facilities of the ECN’s collection of 14 gold standard convention hotels in Europe.

Event managers will be able to use GoInStore’s real-time mobile technology to conduct personalized and interactive virtual tours using a live one-way video stream and two-way audio channel. The technology can also offer real-time access to multiple sites in the same session. 

Launched in February 2016, Marriott International’s ECN allows regular meeting planners to engage with one dedicated contact person to organize meetings and events at 14 European properties across brands including JW Marriott, Renaissance Hotels, Marriott Hotels, AC Hotels and Autograph Collection Hotels. Following each event, the ECN conducts a critical review that summarizes key learnings, aiming to enhance the process for the next event and acting as a conduit between the meeting planners, event managers and the general managers at the hotel.

Convention hotels in the network are all able to cater for large groups (the largest property has 869), and have sizable function spaces or ballrooms, totaling 57,000m2 of meeting space and 7,800 rooms, Marriott said. 

The partnership is exclusive to hotels in the ECN, and will be trialled for a six-month pilot period.

Visit www.marriott-ecn.com

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