by Meetings and Conventions Asia | October 15, 2019
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The new Similan Ballroom at Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort.

PHUKET - Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort has announced that it will open a new meeting and events centre in January 2020.

The new Similan Ballroom meetings and events centre in Laguna Phuket, a venue certified by the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), has flexible options that are touted to transform the award-winning beachfront resort into the "complete meeting venue", said the resort's general manager Tony Pedroni.

WHAT ARE THE NEW FACILITIES?

The new meetings and events centre will offer 640 sqm of flexible meeting and exhibition space, including a pillar-less ballroom with six-metre high ceilings with movable partition walls. The new venue features audio-visual technical excellence with complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi throughout.
 
The main ballroom (at 448 sqm) can be easily separated into three multi-purpose function spaces to create six dedicated meetings rooms.
 
The new complex has been designed to target the meeting sector across Asia Pacific, local business gatherings in Phuket, and major weddings.
 
The new set-up includes a large pre-function area, a VIP lounge, space for 350 guests theatre-style, and includes the resort's existing three meeting rooms totalling 320 sqm.
 
The new standalone convention centre has a dedicated private entrance to the left of the resort lobby to ensure ease of access, group privacy and event flexibility.
 

GREEN INITIATIVES

On environmental innovation for the meetings sector, the 255-key Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort has campaigned against single-use plastics. The resort's green commitment addresses the key issues of plastic bags, food containers, straws, capped water bottles and utensils. Responsible 'green' events will be central to Outrigger's MICE offering.

Depending on objectives of the meeting, guests may also have the option of participating in corporate social responsibility initiatives. Outrigger has a long-term community relationship programme with Baan Khok Wat Mai primary school nearby.

WHAT THEY SAY

"The magnificent new Similan event space compliments the ever-expanding range of services and visitor experiences offered in Laguna Phuket and the immediate neighbourhood," said Mr Pedroni.
 
"The whole area is now defined by superlative shopping, entertainment, dining and active lifestyle options for sport, ecotourism and responsible event hosting."