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Mice Net : February 2009
melbourne LEFT: The InterContinental’s restaurant. The property has a strong fresh food focus. BELOW: The new private dining room at the Grand Hyatt with a leafy city outlook. OPPOSITE: Crown Entertainment Complex. Image courtesy of Tourism Victoria. due to open in 2010 with 91 five-star suites. As part of a $300 million project in Dockland’s north-east corner, a 120-apartment Quest hotel is due to start this year while at the southern end a 297-room Travelodge Hotel is due for completion next year. There is also another un-named three or four-star hotel planned for the precinct. Certain to add another major drawcard to Docklands is the $58 million National Ice Sports Centre, an elite sports centre and headquarters of the Olympic Winter Institute. It will also be a recreational hub for winter sports enthusiasts with two rinks for ice hockey, skating, curling and speed skating plus spectator seating. It is due to open in early 2010. Collins Street meanwhile has seen major refurbishments: The $63 million resurrection of Melbourne’s gothic-style Rialto heritage hotel into a five-star, 253-room InterContinental brings another international luxury hotel brand to the cosmopolitan city. Joseph Pang redesigned the hotel internally, adding a contemporary touch to public spaces and creating a new Club InterContinental overlooking leafy Collins Street. It offers seven meeting rooms with the largest suiting 300 (banquet) or 450 (cocktails) and the smallest a 10-seat boardroom. Australian cuisine will be a major focus at InterContinental with a special $50,000 herb garden being constructed on the hotel’s rooftop and executive chef, Nick Reade developing a special MICE incentive in which he’ll take groups to Queen Victoria Markets to buy fresh produce, take it back to the hotel and cook it for the delegates. At the Paris end of Collins Street, Grand Hyatt has just completed a $40 million makeover to upper and lower lobbies, both entrances, a new restaurant, bar and exclusive retail. Uniquely they have added a new events venue called the Residence offering a dedicated service and banquet team. Using only the 148 mice.net highest quality produce, tailored food and beverage prepared in an open kitchen is designed to create an interactive experience for any number of guests from 14 to 500. It complements the hotel’s existing 17 function rooms including two ballrooms with a capacity for up to 770. Sister property, Park Hyatt, enjoys one of Melbourne’s best locations at the top of town adjoining the leafy Treasury Gardens. This year Park Hyatt celebrates its 10th birthday and Elena O’Brien, marketing communications manager reports a strong start to the year. “Our clients have shown their loyalty by continuing with us into 2009 and confirming their corporate contracts with increases in rates,” Elena said, announcing a special business events offer: conduct your meeting between June 1 and August 31, 2009 and receive one in every 10 rooms complimentary, 10 per cent off day meeting packages, 10 per cent off spa treatments and daily continental breakfast for delegates. To take advantage of the offer email: loralee. firstname.lastname@example.org. In Bourke Street in the city a $136 million development of 398 serviced apartments will be named Citadines Melbourne on Bourke. Ascott’s first Citadines in Australia and largest Citadines in the group’s portfolio is expected to open in 2010. Melbourne’s landmark Hotel Windsor is to undergo major refurbishment, having opened in December 1883 as the first of the renowned nineteenth-century grand hotels including Raffles Singapore (1887), Savoy London (1889), The Plaza New York (1894), The Waldorf-Astoria New York (1894) and Hotel Ritz, Paris (1898). A loss for rock n’ roll is a gain for business events after the Windsor recently closed its Hard Rock Café, reopening it as meeting space known as 1 Bourke Street for conferences up to 150, banquet-style events for 230 or cocktails for 400. After $40 million and 12 months’ work, Hilton on the Park, a