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Mice Net : February 2010
mice.net 205 NEW OUTDOOR VENUE IN ROTORUA Waterfall Lakes at Rotorua's Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park is the newest premier functions area in Rotorua. This stunning and tranquil area features the newly refurbished and licensed Wairere Café with an extended outdoor dining area that overlooks a four metre high waterfall. Two spring fed pools and an organic vegetable garden complete this unique venue. A large flat site suitable for a marquee and banquet style seating up to 250 guests is being completed now. The new area is available for day and night time functions and events. Wairere Café is open daily (except Christmas Day) from 9am through to 4pm. Over summer until April 3, Wairere Café will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings for dinner. A set three course menu will be available for visitors to the park. This can also be packaged with a guided tour of Rainbow Springs by night. Waterfall Lakes is described as being the perfect spot for conference and incentives, and team building activities. For further details visit www.rainbowsprings.co.nz. venue update MILLENNIUM OPENS SIXTH CHINA PROPERTY Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc (M&C) opened the five-star 343- room Millennium Hotel Chengdu in late 2009 - its sixth property in China. The latest opening marks M&C's robust expansion into the Chinese market, despite challenging economic conditions. "With the outlook for the global tourism industry improving, we are proceeding with our plans to further establish our presence and grow our brands, especially in Asia and the Middle East," explains M&C's chief executive, Richard Hartman. "China is the growth engine of the world, and it is only natural that we grow our presence there. The city is ready for M&C to bring its unique five-star experience to China's Sichuan province. It is entering a new era and investment in this part of China is sustaining positive growth. The growth of the Chengdu business sector is now moving in the right direction to surpass its already strong tourism sector." A first for the city, guests of Millennium Hotel Chengdu can travel in style in an iconic London taxi. The two energy-saving TX4 London taxis are exclusive to the Millennium Hotel Chengdu and ensure a unique connection to three of its sister hotels in London -- the Millennium Hotel London Mayfair, Millennium Hotel London Knightsbridge and Millennium Gloucester Hotel London. Visit www.millenniumhotels.com to learn more. MERCURE SYDNEY LIVERPOOL OPENS The first international hotel in Sydney's south-west, the Mercure Sydney Liverpool, opened in late 2009. The development of the $20 million, four-star hotel reflects the rapidly growing commercial, industrial and residential development of Liverpool in western Sydney and will support the future growth of the area. Boasting the largest conference and functions centre in the south-west of Sydney, the Mercure hotel has 110 rooms spread over six floors. It is connected to the Liverpool Catholic Club and shares all the facilities of the club including four restaurants, eight bars, a children's playground, ice rink, gaming rooms and three swimming pools. The Mercure Sydney Liverpool joins a network of 780 Mercure hotels in 49 countries. Strong global branding will help to attract an international clientele to the area. With an increasing number of corporate and government sectors setting up business in Liverpool, the Mercure hotel should provide a convenient base for accommodation, meetings and conferences. Each of the Mercure's rooms provides a sophisticated and spacious base for business and leisure travellers, with plush contemporary furnishings, LCD TV, DVD and more. Privilege rooms come equipped with a spa bath, complimentary magazines and water, free internet access and an in-room espresso machine. The hotel features nine conference rooms including a main ballroom which can cater for up to 1200 delegates. All meetings will be carbon neutral thanks to the Mercure brand's commitment to the environment (see separate story opposite page). Visit www.accorhotels.com for further details.