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Crowne Plaza Launches Innovative New Hybrid Solutions to Adapt to Changing Meeting Needs

March 18, 2021 MICE No Comments Email Email

IHG Hotels & Resorts’ leading business and meetings brand, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, has launched its all-new hybrid meeting solutions across 12 Crowne Plaza destinations in Australia. Aptly named Crowne Plaza Connections, meeting and events planners can simultaneously connect delegates across borders and cities through live streaming, creating shared experiences for virtual and in-person attendees.

With flexibility and efficiency at the heart of the initiative, planners will also benefit from having one central point of contact to manage the booking across multiple venues, as well as the flexibility of their preferred technology platform to support meetings across Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype and more.

Meet with Confidence

Launched in 2020, IHG’s Meet with Confidence program was designed to support the changing needs of meeting planners with flexible terms and conditions and cleanliness commitments. Crowne Plaza Connections includes the ‘Book Now, Meet Later’ promise* as part of Meet with Confidence, offering planners:

  • Zero cancellation fees
  • No attrition fees for rooms that are not booked
  • Up to 5% rebate towards the master bill
  • Short-form contract (at participating hotels)
  • IHG® Business Rewards points for planners and bookers

*Applicable when booking 10 to 50 rooms on peak, with or without a meeting room.

The launch coincides with recent research from IHG Hotels & Resorts that found 50 per cent of Australian adults say business travel and meetings allows them to create meaningful relationships with colleagues, while also improving their working mood and motivation (46 per cent). A further 27 per cent said a lack of business travel in 2020 has demotivated them – something that was most common among younger Aussies aged 18-24 (40 per cent).

Furthermore, the research found 46 per cent of Aussies say they miss face-to-face meetings.

The Crowne Plaza Connections new hybrid capabilities are available to book now, bringing bright minds back together across multiple locations for events both big and small, helping to reclaim lost connection in 2020 and help improve business efficiency. As part of the offer, delegates also have access to Crowne Plaza’s refreshed food and beverage options, dedicated meeting directors, and comprehensive tools such as capacity charts and meeting planning guides.

Participating locations:

  • Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour
  • Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach
  • Crowne Plaza Sydney Burwood
  • Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley Resort
  • Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific
  • Crowne Plaza Canberra
  • Crowne Plaza Melbourne
  • Crowne Plaza Hobart
  • Crowne Plaza Perth
  • Crowne Plaza Adelaide
  • Crowne Plaza Gold Coast
  • Crowne Plaza Alice Springs

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