Monday, March 26, 2012

Crowne Plaza Semarang Introduces the Largest Hotel Ballroom in Central Java

Crowne Plaza Semarang welcomes ‘Visit Central Java 2013’with strong MICE offerings  

Semarang, INDONESIA, February 25th 2012 – Crowne Plaza Semarang welcomes the local tourism authority’s ‘Visit Central Java 2013’ campaign with strong offerings, aimed to further drive MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) tourism to Central Java. Newly opened on 22 January 2012, it is the first Crowne Plaza hotel in the region.

Semarang, the capital of Central Java, is a well-known MICE destination amongst business travellers from Jakarta and its surrounding cities, making up more than fifty per cent of the city’s inbound visitors,” said Ian Reid, general manager, Crowne Plaza Semarang. With the largest hotel ballroom in the region, Crowne Plaza Semarang offers world-class convention and accommodation meeting facilities to better host major nationwide and international events.”

Crowne Plaza Semarang offers 270 rooms and suites, two restaurants and a lobby lounge, an executive club lounge, swimming pools, a fitness centre, a business centre, and a wedding gallery. The Grand Ballroom - designed for large-scale occasions such as international conventions, national seminars, exhibitions and wedding receptions – can accommodate up to 2,000 guests. The hotel also houses meeting rooms in various layouts for small to medium-sized events of 20 to 100 guests.

The pillar-less 1,890 square metre hall can be divided into 5 smaller function spaces with modular partitions. Equipped with the latest audio-visual and lighting technology, its walls and partitions are also sound-proof.   

“The cities of Solo and Yogyakarta have enjoyed the benefits of having large exhibition halls, and they have hosted many national events due to the availability of suitable MICE facilities,” said Bustamar Koto, director of sales & marketing, Crowne Plaza Semarang. “To be able to compete with other cities, Semarang needed a representative venue. Crowne Plaza Semarang offers a competitive alternative MICE destination in the region, and we believe it will help position Semarang as a world-class MICE tourism destination.”

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IHG                                                                                          Marketing Communications Manager
Tel: +65 6395 6109                                                                    Crowne Plaza Semarang                                                                     +62 24 8657 9111

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