Hilton Birmingham Metropole refurbishes bar for guests, business customers

Hilton Birmingham Metropole, the largest conference and events hotel outside London, has announced the completion of a redesign and refurbishment of its bar area – The Lounge – transforming it into a stylish space for hotel guests and business users.

With a complete redesign of the space, the Lounge now features new decor and furniture, as well as the introduction of new technology to improve guests’ experience. Besides re-designing the facilities, the hotel has introduced electronic devices to help faster communication between the kitchen and the bar team.

Patrick Stapleton, general manager, Hilton Birmingham Metropole, said, ‘The Lounge bar is the true hub of the hotel. Open 24 hours-a-day, it’s where people congregate and meet for many different occasions, so it was important that the area catered for that.

‘Flexibility was key, therefore we have decided to refresh the space with comfortable sofastyle areas where guests can relax, as well as areas where multiple meetings can take place, such as a ‘connectivity table’, where users can easily set up and charge their electronic devices.’

Hilton Birmingham Metropole expects the excitement of a few upcoming major events, with Grand Central Birmingham, Resorts World Birmingham and the Rugby World Cup all set to take place in 2015. In 2014, the hotel saw 10,000 more room bookings compared to the previous year, and an extra 1,700 event delegates walking through the doors.

Stapleton said, ‘We expect to see occupancy levels increase further and also the length of stay, as people look to make an occasion of visiting the area. For example, they may attend an event at the Hilton or the NEC and then decide to stay an extra night to visit Resorts World or go shopping in Birmingham.

‘We also expect to see more leisure users in addition to corporate travellers. Resorts World Birmingham will offer our 24-hour facilities, including lounge bar, room service and gym but also through our large range of rooms and suites, suitable for solo travellers, families and executives alike.’


Philippines plans fun events for PTM 2012 delegates

The Department of Tourism and Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines have announced new attractions for delegates that are attending the PATA Travel Mart (PTM2012).

The two departments said that they have created exclusive tour itineraries for delegates who are planning to attend the event, which is to be hosted in Manila, Philippines between September 25 and September 28.

It was announced that the tours would either be complementary or discounted, and each tour is claimed to offer in-depth insight into the natural resources, heritage and culture of the Philippines. The packages will also offer a lot of fun features.

PATA CEO, Martin J Craigs, said, ‘It is exciting for PATA to return to Manila, the birthplace of the first ever PATA Travel Mart in 1978. PTM is a great platform to showcase its national campaign, It’s more fun in the Philippines. After the Mart, we want buyers, sellers and media get out and about and experience the many wonderful things that the Philippines have to offer.’

The tours will consist of a pre-complimentary half-day visit to Old and New Manila.

Visitors to Old Manila can visit Rizal Park and historic Fort Santiago, a Spanish bastion known for its World War II lineage. The bastion also contains memorabilia of Philippine’s national hero, Dr Jose Rizal. They can also visit Intramuros, the original city founded by the Spaniards centuries ago, and they can explore the National Museum that houses natural history exhibits and prehistoric ethnic collections.

Delegates taking the New Manila tour will visit Nayong Pilipino where they can acquaint themselves with various kinds and breeds of orchids. They can also watch a cultural presentation by the lagoon featuring Muslim dances. This tour will also cover the business district, Makati, and the Ayala Museum, which is known for its handcrafted dioramas. The museum also houses exhibits that depict the earliest Filipino settlements and the national struggle for independence.