Singapore’s new Starck-designed ballroom

JW Marriott Singapore South Beach is showcasing its new facilities to the events market, including its two new ultra-modern towers and Philippe Starck-designed ballroom.

Opened late last year in Singapore’s art and culture district, the hotel incorporates three heritage buildings with modern additions to offer 634 guest rooms, 47 suites and 17 event spaces. The hotel offers a Spa by JW and nine dining outlets including one by celebrity chef Akira Back of the Iron Chef TV show.

The property’s 520m2 ballroom is located in the 1930s Drill Hall and has been redesigned by Starck to offer contemporary dcor, an LED video wall and space for up to 340 people banquet style.

The hotel is also located alongside the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Bangkok centre welcomes rooftop bar

The Centara Grand hotel, part of the Bangkok Convention Centre complex at CentralWorld, has opened a roof-top champagne bar on its 59th floor.

The CRU Champagne Bar gets its name from the French word denoting vineyards of quality and has been created in partnership with well-known champagne house Mumm.

Offering sweeping views of the Bangkok skyline, the bar is reached via a glass elevator and provides a spectacular outdoor setting with ultra-modern architectural elements and a circular bar on a raised platform.

Macao to host annual world tourism forum

The sixth annual session of the Global Tourism Economy Forum (GTEF) will be held this year in Macao on 16 and 17 October.

The forum will engage prominent leaders in the public and private sectors in discussion on regional collaboration and how tourism stakeholders can break down barriers, find common ground and grow stronger together.

Riding on the opportunity of the inaugural ITB China exhibition held last month in Shanghai, organisers of GTEF promoted their event with a networking luncheon. The meal was aimed at elevating awareness of GTEF in both China’s tourism sector and among representatives from travel companies from eastern Europe, promoting the Forum as a one-stop medium for tourism stakeholders to expand their business reach within the region.

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