Galle Face Hotel opens US$ 20 m MICE Centre

Sales Director Mubarak Gaffoor, GM Tony Fleming and Catering and Conventions Director Thakshila Galappaththy. Picture by Roshan Pitipana

In a bid to entice more Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) related tourism into the country, the Galle Face Hotel launched its state-of-the-art Meetings and Conference Centre investing US$ 20 million. The centre comprises of seven boardrooms that will cater to meetings and conferences that would range from small to medium events.

The hotel had commenced an overall restoration project mid last year. Galle Face Hotel, Group General Manager, Tony Fleming said around the time the restoration project commenced, the hotel experienced haggard conditions and we knew it was time to restore the hotel to its former glory. “The completion of the Meetings and Conference Centre was the first stage of this restoration and it is pleasing for us to know that the Galle Face Hotel is set to establish a foothold in the MICE market in Sri Lanka. All guest rooms will be refurbished; there will be an increase to the size of the lobby and bar areas will be enlarged as well.”

“The MICE market in Sri Lanka is showing signs of progress and this initiative will provide active promotion for the country. Galle Face Hotel is ready to host leisure and business incentive conferences . The Hotel is located in the hub of the business capital and is in proximity to the central business district. Another advantage is the ability for those who attend events here to network and socialize in the many pubs, restaurants and nightclubs that are located in the locality,” Galle Face Hotel, Sales Director, Mubarak Gaffoor said.

The Meetings and Conference Centre, located in the North Wing, can hold 500 attendees. The opening of the conference centre and its unique features cater to provide tailor-made solution for guests. Modern facilities will be provided for the guests; from e-boards, stationary, sound systems and multimedia to a cafe.

“A dedicated meeting concierge is also appointed to provide a personalized service for the guests,” Galle Face Hotel, Director Catering and Conventions, Thakshila Galappaththy said.

Source: http://dailynews.lk/?q=business/galle-face-hotel-opens-us-20-m-mice-centre

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