More than 50 meeting planners, conference organisers and MICE media met at the Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney recently to celebrate the $12 million redesign of the hotel’s guest rooms and function spaces – the first major update for the hotel since it opened in 2000.
Guests mingled with a couple wearing floral bouquets on their heads, an acrobat on stilts and a 1970s airline pilot-turned cocktail mixer, serving drinks on the lawn in the Brain Box to showcase the Marble Room, Press Room, pre-function area and Lady Fairfax Room. A bridal couple was also preparing to say ‘I do’ in the Press Room, demonstrating the versatility of each space.
Sandy Russell, VP commercial operations, Asia Pacific for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, managers of the Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney, spoke about the philosophy of the ‘Experience Meetings’ concept, the Radisson Blu brand’s new signature meetings program. The concept includes: Brain Box, a unique breakout space designed to stimulate creativity, engagement and originality; Brain Food, an innovative food and beverage solution developed by a team of nutrition experts to optimize performance; and free internet for all meeting delegates to allow for seamless technology support.
On arrival at the hotel, guests were given passports and asked to visit each room to receive a stamp to enter the draw for a trip with Qantas to stay at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bangkok.
Radisson Blu general manager Peter Tudehope drew the winning passport and provided guests with an overview of the $12 million redesign, which will see a complete refresh of all 336 guestrooms and 28 suites, due to commence soon.