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Switzerland, Lausanne: Europe’s largest freshwater aquarium AQUATIS to offer new event spaces

Lausanne’s MICE offering is to be further enhanced with the addition of the AQUATIS Aquarium-Vivarium set to open on the site of the BOAS owned Aquatis Hotel in the city next month.

The aquarium-vivarium will be unique in Switzerland and the largest freshwater aquarium in Europe. Once open, it will be available for corporate hire with a range of dedicated events spaces, with capacity for up to 300 for banqueting and 350 for receptions, providing a unique experience and setting. When both levels of the AQUATIS Aquarium-Vivarium are used, event capacity is doubled, while the outdoor terrace can accommodate up to 500 guests for receptions.

The unusual events space will complement the existing conference and meetings facilities at the three-star plus Aquatis Hotel, which has 143 rooms and can accommodate up to 300 delegates theatre-style in its existing events spaces.

Olivier Mathieu, Congress and Meetings Manager at Lausanne Tourism & Convention Bureau, comments: “The new AQUATIS Aquarium-Vivarium is a welcome addition to the meetings and events offering in Lausanne, enriching our already extensive range of spaces with a uniquely wonderful offering. The aquarium is a beautiful space that embodies what Switzerland is all about. It will no doubt be a key attraction for both corporate and association events, with particular appeal for those interested in nature and the environment.”

The AQUATIS Aquarium-Vivarium will house examples of 20 different ecosystems. Its two million litres of fresh water and 46 different aquariums, vivariums and terrariums will be home to 100 reptiles and 10,000 fish from five continents. More than merely a visitor attraction, Aquatis (Aqua for water, T for ‘terra’ or earth, I for innovation and S for science) is a scientific, technological, cultural and sustainable project. Supported by the Foundation AQUATIS, the project aims to increase awareness of nature and aquatic environments within the city of Lausanne and will drive educational initiatives through interactive activity programmes and workshops with specialist guest speakers.

Easily accessible via road and Lausanne’s metro, the AQUATIS Aquarium-Vivarium is co-located with the Aquatis Hotel which opened last year and has already proven popular with international conferences. - Lausanne Convention Bureau


South Africa: Cape Town International Convention Centre’s New Expansion – CTICC 2

CTICC 2 Impresses With First Event

The Cape Town International Convention Centre’s new expansion – CTICC 2 – delighted organisers and delegates alike as it successfully hosted the 21st Annual Congress of the South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC). The conference, held from 13 to 15 September was the new venue’s first ever event and attracted 1 500 delegates from over 500 companies.

Commenting on the success of the event, SACSC posted an enthusiastic tweet on the second day of the conference: “We are honoured to be the first event in CTICC 2. The CTICC team has been nothing but incredible in the hosting of our 21st Annual Congress. Thank you.”

CTICC Chief Executive Officer, Julie-May Ellingson said that hosting the SACSC Annual Congress was a major triumph thanks to the excellent synergy and collaboration with the client: “It was a pleasure to work with CEO Amanda Stops and the SACSC team. They were incredibly supportive and very accommodating. We work closely with every client to understand their requirements and objectives but in a brand-new event space, this close partnership becomes even more critical.”

The congress took advantage of several of the state-of-the-art venues within CTICC 2. Exhibition Halls 8 & 9 were transformed into the main plenary room while Hall 10 played host to a much-anticipated lunch with Olympic athlete Wayde van Niekerk and his impressive coach, Anna “Tannie Ans” Botha. Halls 5, 6 & 7 housed the parallel exhibition area where suppliers, retailers, and mall tenants showcased innovations.

In addition, the centre’s range of meeting rooms and suites for other functions - a VIP reception room; a nerve centre for event managers and a media interview room were also used. And organisers and delegates experienced the centre’s capabilities in hosting events across the entire venue complex as the SACSC gala dinner took place in CTICC 1 (the original building).

“We were also delighted to see one of the main reasons for the expansion – the concurrent hosting of large-scale events – justified over the week. The CTICC hosted two major events across the complex at the same time. While the SACSC Annual Congress ran in CTICC 2, CTICC 1 hosted the 1st Global Evidence Summit with over 1 000 research scientists from across the globe,” explained Ellingson. At CTICC 2, delegates particularly enjoyed having coffee and relaxing at the centre’s new coffee shop – Coffee on the Circle. The delegates – real estate developers, property experts and retail marketers – many of whom have been involved in their own developments, were complimentary of the new venue, particularly, the centre’s world class facilities.

Ellingson believes the centre’s first series of events will showcase the CTICC’s ability to host different event types. “CTICC 2 will host its first consumer show – MamaMagic, The Baby Expo, in October. In November the international conference, and Africa’s largest technology-focused event, AfricaCom, will celebrate its 20th edition in CTICC 2. These two events promise to attract 13 500 and 1 600 visitors respectively and will be robust tests of the new centre’s capabilities.”

Ellingson confirms client experience will be used to fine-tune CTICC 2 event management procedures: “Client feedback forms an essential part of these first events to ensure we iron out any venue challenges.” The opening of CTICC 2 is set to enhance the convention centre’s contribution to economic growth and business tourism to the city and region. “The CTICC is a platform where global leaders and experts meet. The events we host further the sharing of knowledge, transfer of skills and intellectual advancement while opening our destination to trade and investment opportunities. CTICC 2 boosts Cape Town’s appeal and reputation as a global meetings destination and the centre’s ability to deliver socio-economic benefits to the region,” said Ellingson.


Italy: “Yes Milano” - the new brand to promote Milano and its international events.

Milan in 2018 will be an even more vital city, able to fascinate those who live it every day and attract those who choose it for leisure, those who reach it for work and those who want to invest in creating new business. Culture, art, fashion, design, movie, music, food, photography, architecture, literature.

2018 will be marked by thematic weeks and weekends. It starts in January and February with the men’s and women’s fashion week.

In April, a historic appointment with the Salone del Mobile and Fuorisalone, which has pioneered the model of events spread throughout the city and has been taken as an example for weekly events, as well as Book City for those that develop over the weekend.

There will be also music, with Piano City in May and Music Week in November, and food with Food City in May.


Czech Republic: Prague Congress Center presents the new exhibition hall and Pankrác Square

The International Architectural and Urban Competition of the New PCC has its winner and the public knows the winning design for the completion of a new exhibition hall for the Prague Congress Center and its surrounding area.

"For a long time, the Congress Centre has been unable to meet high demands for exhibition and congress areas, and therefore it needs a new hall. However, it is also important to address the entire area around the Prague Congress Centre so that it can serve more efficiently to people. We received a lot of designs and I am glad that a lot of them were of high quality and I believe that we eventually really picked the best one." says Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová.

The first prize was awarded to the design of a young OCA studio from Barcelona run by Marc Subirana, Hernan Lleida Ruiz, Biela Susanna and Bernard Garcia. The second prize was received by Francisco Jorquera's team from Palma de Mallorca.

An eleven-member jury, with its chairman, architect Petr Hlaváček, chose from the received anonymous designs of 76 teams from 23 countries in the two-round, open and worldwide competition. This represented the work of at least four hundred architects, planners, engineers and other professionals. All designs will be exhibited in the Prague Congress Center from 13th to 19th September and 23th September to 5th October 2017, South foyer, entrance 10, daily from 12-7 p.m.

The jury consisted of representatives of PCC and international architectural professionals. Petr Hlaváček summarized their collective work: "… In spite of the great diversity of the approaches of individual jurors, we largely acted in concord. I suppose that when a jury agreed on one design, it has the potential to captivate the public and other participants in the process."

Elia Zenghelis, co-founder of the famous OMA office and currently a professor at Yale School of Architecture, said about the winning team after the competition: "The original building of the Prague Congress Centers has to deal with the identity of a very impressive monument of the Communist era, which must be re-formulated. This includes a new look, a position within the city and a connection to a complex traffic situation. This complexity has been mastered by the authors of the winning design."

From the 76 proposals mentioned above, the jury selected the best six in March. These further elaborated their designs for the second round. In addition to receiving the financial reward, the creators of the awarded designs will be invited to further negotiation procedures without a publication in which the contract assignment will be decided. The four other reams will receive a sketch fee for participating in the second round.


USA, New Orleans: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport announced expansion plan to new terminal

The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport has announced an expansion to the plans for the new terminal, currently under construction, bringing the total number of gates from 30 to 35. The plans include a 2,190-car parking garage, a central utility plan and a ground transportation area.

The new terminal is now set to open February 2019.
The five-gate expansion and new opening date comes as the airport has exceeded all passenger enplanement targets and added new international airlift to Europe and South America.

The airport has added new direct flights:

Frontier Airlines announced four new nonstop flights out of New Orleans.
  Austin, Texas. Flights depart and return to New Orleans Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, beginning October 5th, 2017.
  Islip, NY. Flights depart New Orleans Tuesday and Thursday and return Sunday and Tuesday,. beginning October 6th, 2017.
  Providence, R.I. Flights depart and return to New Orleans Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, beginning October 5th, 2017.
  San Antonio, Texas. Flights depart Wednesday and Friday. Flights return to New Orleans Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, beginning October 6th, 2017.
Delta Airlines announced a seasonal, twice weekly, nonstop flight from Boston to New Orleans beginning February 10th, 2018 and running through April 1, 2018.
Alaska Airlines announced a daily, nonstop flight from San Francisco to New Orleans beginning September 21st, 2017.
Spirit Airlines announced four new nonstop flights to New Orleans, all beginning November 9th.
  Boston – departs daily.
  Newark, N.J. – departs daily.
  Tampa, Fla. – departs daily.
  Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. – departs four times per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Southwest Airlines announced a new nonstop flight from Sacramento, Calif. to New Orleans beginning March 10th, 2018. The flight will only be available on Saturdays.

New Orleans’ latest luxury hotel, the NOPSI Hotel, opened July 6th.


NOPSI, which stands for New Orleans Public Service Inc., is in the former headquarters of the city’s power and transportation company, which was constructed in 1927.
Located in the Central Business District, the nine-story building features 217 guestrooms, including 76 suites, a regionally inspired restaurant, 14,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, and a sophisticated rooftop pool and bar.
Public Service, the NOPSI Hotel’s signature restaurant, officially opened its doors on July 6th.
  Chef Dustin Brien leads the culinary team as the chef de cuisine of Public Service, previously the executive chef of Salú.
  The restaurant’s menu features contemporary cuisine that highlights local and seasonal ingredients, prepared in an open-display kitchen with the addition of a modern raw bar and open-flame rotisserie.
  Public Service is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, and serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.