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August 31, 2016
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Starwood Opens in Nigeria and Jakarta, Montage Palmetto Bluff Expands




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A host of far-flung new and renovated event venues and a big event in London are grabbing industry headlines this afternoon. 

Starwood Opens Hotels in Nigeria and Jakarta

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide continues to expand with the new Four Points Benin City in Nigeria and the new Westin Jakarta in Indonesia

The Four Points Benin City has over 4,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, as well as a fully equipped business center and an all-day dining restaurant, outdoor pool, pool bar and local beers at the lobby bar and lounge. The property has 176 guest rooms with complimentary bottled water and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. 

The 272-room Westin Jakarta has over 32,000 square feet of meeting space, including the Java Ballroom on the ground floor with a maximum capacity of 1,500 guests. There is also a banquet area on the top few floors of the hotel with a capacity of 200 guests and 360 degree views of the city. 

Also available is a spa, WestinWORKOUT fitness studio and the Westin Gear Lending program that provides New Balance shoes and clothing for guests to use during their stay. 

Montage Palmetto Bluff Expands

In the United States, Montage Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina’s Low Country is fresh off a $100 million expansion project. Set within the 20,000 acre Palmetto Bluff community, the newly expanded resort now has over 16,000 square feet of meeting and event space, 200 guest rooms, six food and beverage venues, three pools, the Spa Montage, a Paintbox children’s program and 35 private Montage Residences

The centerpiece of the new expansion is the new Inn, which sits along an expanded lagoon waterway and was inspired by the R.T. Wilson, Jr. mansion built on the property in the early 1900s. In addition to its guest accommodations, the Inn has lobby lounge, the new Jessamine restaurant and Octagon Bar & Gathering Place. The Inn is also home to Spa Montage, which has outdoor relaxation areas that include both hot tubs and cold plunge pools, eucalyptus steam rooms and redwood saunas. The backyard of the Inn has two new pools and lagoon-side dining at Fore & Aft.

Kimpton Ink48 in New York Revamps Groups and Meetings Programming

Kimpton Ink48 in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen has revamped its offerings for groups and meetings in conjunction with a recent renovation to its guest rooms, suites and lobby. 

The hotel, which has 6,000 square feet of event space spread over three flexible meeting spaces named after the hotel’s printing past – Courier, Garamond and Helvetica – has launched a series of break-out session add-ons for meetings and small groups that include guided meditation, jazz meditation, or a health and wellness menu consultation. Alternatively, art-focused events can book the Manhattan Graphic Center (MGC) package, where a working artist from MGC can lead a printmaking class followed by a tour of the MGC exhibit and gallery, or a walking tour led by NYC creative director and artist Amon Focus to learn about street art and meet artists. The meditation sessions were developed in partnership with the Shinnyo Center for Meditation and Well-Being.

A private “Heaven Over Hell” Penthouse Suite, with an outdoor terrace called HALO, is also available for private events. The hotel has 222 guest rooms. 

London Preps for European Respiratory Society Congress

Saturday, September 3, London is set to play host to 22,000 delegates from the European Respiratory Society (ERS) has the organization kicks off its annual congress at the ExCeL London

The event, which will run through September 7, is expected to provide a £73 million boost to London’s business tourism sector, according to DMO London & Partners. During the congress the ERS will also host public events to raise awareness of the importance of respiratory health, including a lung health event run by the Healthy Lungs for Life campaign in Trafalgar Square from September 2 - 3. 

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