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October 3, 2017

Supplier News: CSR Options in Miami, a New Cruise Venue

New post-hurricane volunteer activities in Miami, a new high-tech cruise ship venue and a big new resort with space for groups in Jamaica lead today’s top supplier news in the meetings and events industry. 

Communication Network attendees take a break from their annual meeting at Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel to volunteer at ZooMiami.  The group worked alongside the zoo’s Communication Director, Ron Magill to clean up post storm debris.
Communication Network attendees take a break from their annual meeting at Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel to volunteer at ZooMiami. The group worked alongside the zoo’s Communication Director, Ron Magill to clean up post storm debris. 

Miami Rolls Out Post-Hurricane Volunteer Activities for Meetings

While the Greater Miami and the Beaches area encourages planners to continue to book after Hurricane Irma, the destination is also offering a number of corporate social responsibility (CSR) opportunities for meetings and groups. 

A sampling of CSR opportunities for meetings and groups in the area includes:

In a recent interview with International Meetings Review, officials from the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) reported that all of the destination’s meeting hotels are operational and open for business following the hurricane. In fact, several area hotels, such as the Loews Miami Beach Hotel and Fontainebleau Miami Beach, were already hosting events the week after the storm. The storm also did not delay the planned September 2018 debut of the destination’s expansion and renovation of the Miami Beach Convention Center. Through the end of October, the destination is hosting a #MiamiNow campaign with a number of deals aimed at leisure travelers that attendees of area events can also take advantage of. 

For assistance with these CSR opportunities for meetings and groups, meeting planners can call 1-800-933-8448 in the U.S. and Canada, 305-539-3071, or visit www.MiamiMeetings.com.

the meeting place celebrity edge

New Cruise Ship to Sail With High-Tech Meeting Venue

Celebrity Edge, a new cruise ship from Celebrity Cruises, will set sail with a 1,970-square-foot meeting space when it makes its debut, according to the cruise line. 

Dubbed The Meeting Place, the venue was designed by Wilson Butler Architects and aims to offer awe-inspiring sea views from its central location on the ship. The venue also incorporates soundproof dividers, advanced audiovisual capabilities, varied seating options, private office space for event planners, dynamic mobile bars set up for food and beverages, and a fully equipped pantry with a bar. 

“When designing The Meeting Place we asked ourselves what would be more appealing; being subjected to lectures in a conference room, or socializing with colleagues in a hip lounge?’ The latter seemed obvious. Thus the flexibility and functionality of a ‘state of the art’ meeting space was designed for pleasure first,” said Scott Butler, AIA, Founding Partner, Wilson Butler Architects, in a written release. “The word that defines The Meeting Place is ‘connected’. It facilitates guests getting connected to one another; to the latest technology and to the greatest new ideas. It also happens to connect to other venues on the ship that vastly expand the opportunities for groups.”

Seating is modern and comfortable: Choose theater-style, classroom, U-shaped, or circular layouts, while table tops work well with or without covers or skirts. The space transforms seamlessly from day into night, with high-top bar tables or comfortable lounge seating for mixing and mingling.

Audiovisual systems — from wireless microphones to a mini sound board — come as standard equipment. An electronic whiteboard helps capture brainstorming sessions, and there are also 98-inch and 75-inch LED screens.

Previously unveiled venues on Celebrity Edge are also available for private events and meetings based on availability, including the three-deck spanning Eden; the cantilevered Magic Carpet; the Rooftop Garden; and the Destination Gateway

To learn more about The Meeting Place onboard Celebrity Edge, visit www.celebritycruises.com/edge.

jewel grande montego bay resort and spa

New Resort With 25K Sq Ft of Meeting Space in Jamaica

Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa, a new all-inclusive beachfront hotel, has opened its doors in Jamaica with 25,000 square feet of meeting space. 

Located on a private cove about 15 minutes from Sangster International Airport, the Jamaican-owned all-inclusive resort also includes a 30,000-square foot island villa-inspired Grande Spa.

The new addition to the Jewel chain of resorts offers three beachfront towers— Sabal, Silver and Sentry – and 11 villas for a total of 217 accommodation options. 

An assortment of dining offerings catering to discerning palates, personal butler service, 25,000 square feet of customizable meetings space, and an elaborate villa inspired spa sanctuary are only a few of the noteworthy offerings gracing this island escape. Jewel Grande is managed by Aimbridge Hospitality, a long time operator for the resort portfolio in both Jamaica and Orlando

“It is an honor to launch one of the most exciting luxury all-inclusive resort openings in the Caribbean,” said Dave Johnson, president and CEO of Aimbridge Hospitality, in a written release. “This bespoke beachfront location provides the ideal backdrop for our distinctive and curated experiences that are personalized for all of our guests. Unparalleled hospitality is our inspiration with the new Jewel Grande.”

Staying true to native Jamaican remedies and ingredients, the two story 30,000-square foot island villa-inspired Grande Spa offers locally based Spa Rituals curated by Reggaelates founder and yoga instructor, Sienna Creasy

This wellness area also houses a unique Himalayan Salt Halotherapy Lounge and one of Jamaica's first Gharieni Quartz therapy massage tables, which are best known to provide mental harmony, detoxification, and an immune system boost. 

Jewel Grande Resort provides 12 culinary options, from white table cloth fine-dining venues to casual eateries poolside.

Visit www.jewelgrande.com

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