New Hotels in the Bahamas, Blooms at Bellagio, and Robots at the Front Desk

News You Can Use for Meetings & Events…

Hilton BiminiBimini, Ahoy! 
How about a quick cruise combined with a sun-splashed island sojourn for your next meeting or incentive? Hilton Worldwide is launching a   305-room luxury hotel this summer at Resorts World Bimini, the world’s first cruise destination resort. Guests will arrive on the tiny Bahamian isle of Bimini via dedicated cruise ship, just two hours out of Port Miami. Plans for 10,000 square feet of meeting space include a stunning glass-paneled event center, two ballrooms, two midsize rooms, a waterfront gazebo, and a beachfront amphitheater. For free time, Hilton promises a lineup of supercool restaurants, pools, casino, spa, and water sports galore….

…………………………………………………………………………………..

BahadelmarBaha Mar Rollout Postponed
Meanwhile, on New Providence, another Bahamian island, the soft opening for the $3.5 billion Baha Mar resort has been postponed. Originally scheduled to start March 27, the gradual rollout will now be one big grand opening the first week in May, according to Baha Mar spokesperson Alyssa Bushey….

…………………………………………………………………………………..

Bellagio 2

Spring Fling at Bellagio

Your group is in for a treat—and great photo ops—if they’re headed for Bellagio, where more than 82,000 flowers are blooming their hearts out in Las Vegas. Free to the public, Bellagio’s seasonal displays attract more than 20,000 visitors a day. For spring, the show mixes color blocks of tulips, daffodils, and snapdragons with a 26-foot gold-veneer temple, teahouse, koi pond, bonsai trees, stone sculptures, paper parasols, and giant topiaries in the shape of a crane and turtle. Japan-based master gardener Kanji Nomura collaborated on the show with Bellagio’s horticultural team and MGM Resorts International Event Productions. It will be in full glory at the conservatory and botanical gardens off the lobby through May 11. Click here for a bird’s-eye view in real time….

…………………………………………………………………………………..

henna robotRobots at Your Service
Are you ready for a hotel staffed by robots? It’s coming—this July 17. That’s when the 72-room Henn-na Hotel will open at Huis Ten Bosch, a Dutch-style, Disneyesque resort and theme park in Sasebo, Japan. Built by the robotics company  Kokoro, the staff of Actroids will understand and speak English, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean—right down to appropriate body language and facial expressions. They’re pretty. They blink. They “breathe.” Three will anchor the front desk, four will serve as porters, one will check coats, and two will clean. What’s more, the hotel plans to use digital face recognition instead of room keys, panels that sense body heat and adjust the climate, and auction off rooms to the highest bidder during peak season. A glimpse of the future? What do you think?

 

Annette Burden

Annette Burden

Annette Burden has written and edited for Elite Meetings International since 2007. In addition to writing on travel for other publications, she founded and edited Meeting Traveler, Resorts & Great Hotels, and Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazines.

Leave a Comment