Cruise Ship as MICE Destination and Venue
At the recent Asian MICE Cruise Conference held in-conjunction with IT&CMA 2019, the speakers discussed the viability of organising MICE events on a cruise ship. Some of the key benefits highlighted by the speakers at the conference include:
ICONSIAM and TrueIcon Hall
ICONSIAM is a landmark development on the Chao Phraya riverside opposite the Shangri-la Hotel, Bangkok. A luxury mega mall reminiscent of Dubai City Mall...it even comes with a multimedia river water show as what you would find in Dubai. A key distinctive feature within ICONSIAM is SookSiam, an area dedicated to present the cultures of the five main regions in Thailand in five large pavilions. Visitors can see replicas of each region’s architectural style, as well as try delicacies and buy handicrafts from each culture all under one roof. It is an area so expansive that meeting planners can organise treasure hunt or other team-building exercises for corporate groups.
The Funicular, Tbilisi, Georgia
The Funicular is the terminal building at the top of Mount Mtatsminda for Tbilisi’s funicular system. At a height of 770 metres, it is the highest point in Tbilisi overlooking the Georgian capital. The Funicular is located within the Mtatsminda Park, which consists of nature and amusement park facilities.
Radisson Collection Hotel, Tsinandali Estate, is one of the most interesting hotels for convention and incentive travel in Georgia. There are only about 12 Radisson Collection Hotels in the world, and the brand is all about being exceptional... in terms of design, service quality and heritage.
ExpoGeorgia, Tbilisi, Georgia
The ExpoGeorgia convention centre dates back to 1958 during the Soviet era. The total space of the fairground is 140,000 sqm with 11 halls, and total indoor exhibition space of 10,000 sqm, with the individual hall capacity ranging from 300 sqm to 1,700 sqm. There is an open exhibition area of more than 10,000 sqm. Hall 11 is the main exhibition venue with an area of nearly 1,700 sqm. Hall 3, on the other hand, is suitable for conferences, seminars and shows.
Hôtels & Préférence Hualing Tbilisi is a five-star Hotel located just 20 minutes from the Tbilisi Airport and about 30 minutes from Tbilisi Old Town. The promotional materials described it as being “...located on the shorelines of the famous Tbilisi Sea”. In case you start forming in your mind, images of a resort hotel nestled on the beachfront with wavy blue sea, let us clarify that Tbilisi “Sea” is actually a huge man-made reservoir created in 1953. Although Tbilisi Sea is a popular recreational destination, it is not exactly a sea with white sandy beach. Given its proximity to the airport, Hôtels & Préférence Hualing Tbilisi is more suited as a business and convention hotel.
The Biltmore Hotel, Tbilisi, Georgia
Traveling to Tbilisi, capital city of Georgia, during the rather cold month of March, we certainly felt at home at The Biltmore Hotel, part of Singapore’s homegrown Millennium & Copthorne group of hotels. Although arriving at wee hours of the morning and longing to tuck into bed to catch some sleep, we can’t help but noticed the classical-styled lobby with polished marble floors and crystal chandeliers exuding glamour and luxury.
Sheraton Grand Tbilisi Metechi Palace is probably the most convention-ready hotel in Tbilisi, Georgia based on ballroom size, facilities and the number of function rooms. The Kavkasioni Ballroom is the largest ballroom in Tbilisi with the capacity of over 1,000 guests in theatre-style seating arrangement, or 600 in classroom/banquet-style.
Radisson Blu Iveria, Tbilisi, Georgia
Radisson Blu Iveria is located along the Mtkvari River and provides scenic views of Tbilisi, Georgia, from its 249 guestrooms.
The event space at Radisson Blu Iveria welcomes guests with a cheerful feel as natural daylight fills the space through floor-ceiling windows, while bright colours and modern pop-art adorn the walls.
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira Dubai
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira is one of the newest hotel in Dubai. Opened for just about two months, it is already enjoying almost full occupancy. This is not surprising as the hotel is probably one of the few hotels in Dubai with its own private beachfront on Jumeira beach. On entering the lobby, guests are greeted by two rows of large bronze trees with glass leaves, and this visual perspective extends outdoors with real palm trees, leading to the pool and the beach.
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