• The Monaco Government Tourist and Convention Bureau offers a
wide selection of promotional items and gifts for attendees. Among the
offerings are limited-edition royal wedding souvenirs, coins, stamps,
Monaco Grand Prix items and scarves bearing the Grimaldi Coat of Arms.
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• La Rascasse,
named for a famous hairpin bend on the F1 Grand Prix car-racing circuit
around Monaco's harbor, is a new casual gathering spot for groups. The
lounge accommodates 80 to 150 people for private events and is available
Sunday through Wednesday.
The tiny principality of Monaco has even more to offer these days, thanks to an addition to the royal family and some elegant nips, tucks and tweaks to its group offerings.
Last summer, Monaco hosted the "other" royal wedding of the year, when ruler Prince Albert married commoner Charlene Wittstock; the stylish princess is now a familiar face at many of the country's state celebrations and charitable events.
Princess Charlene's glamorous presence is among the many lures for tourists, meeting and incentive groups. In addition, several of Monaco's upscale properties have recently completed facelifts or will shortly unveil them.
Hotel update Karl Lagerfeld, the iconic fashion designer, is updating the 141-room Hotel Métropole Monte-Carlo. The revamp will include the addition of two meeting rooms, for a total of five, plus newly laid-out outdoor spaces, including the pool, terrace and gardens, all to debut this summer.
The Sea Club Conference Center at the 403-room Le Méridien Beach Plaza has renovated its 14 meeting rooms and now offers unlimited Wi-Fi access throughout.
The 602-room Fairmont Monte Carlo now offers a total of 19 meeting rooms with the addition of the 4,574-square-foot Salle de la Mer, suitable for high-tech meetings, receptions and gala dinners.
The 181-room Columbus Monte-Carlo has revamped its four meeting rooms, renamed for the principality's famed gardens: the Rose, Japanese, Exotic and St. Martin. The largest of the four, the 1,300-square-foot Rose Garden Room, now features flexible seating and panoramic glass-fronted windows that open onto a private terrace.
Other news There's been a change of the guard at the Monaco Government Tourist and Convention Bureau. Guillaume Rose has been named director general, replacing Michel Bouquier, who departed last October. In addition, Sandrine Camia, formerly sales director at the Hotel Métropole Monte-Carlo, has been appointed head of the Monaco Convention Bureau.
Monaco's first-class and deluxe properties are offering U.S. dollar-guaranteed packages through the end of 2013. Package prices start at US$700 per person for four-or five-night stays and include perks such as breakfast, a welcome reception, a gala dinner, amenities for VIPs, porterage, taxes and more. For details: bit.ly/IfwFbh.