Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach's Oceanice Ballroom.
Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach’s Oceanice Ballroom.

Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach has launched new technology in its meetings and events department allowing for presentations to be simulcast across its 11 meeting rooms to ensure compliance with social distancing.

Following the relaxation of movement restrictions in New South Wales, the hotel is again inviting event planners to take advantage of its new systems, whereby delegates can be safely spaced across its facilities without missing any of the important interaction opportunities.

Created by Avestar Audio Visual, the solution affords planners the flexibility to occupy more meeting rooms as needed based on interest and ticket sales from delegates wishing to attend the event.

In addition, the hotel has implemented its new ‘Meet Safe’ initiative, which heightens the hotel’s responsiveness to social distancing, hygiene and cleaning.

General Manager, Gareth Long, said further options available at the hotel include reviewing capacity levels to suit delegate spacing preferences, staggering catering break times and revised menu offerings to alternate between plated and ‘grab and go’ style cuisine.

“Allowing for more client autonomy, all meeting spaces feature built-in touch panels, which means delegates can control everything from within their meeting room [including] audio visual, blinds, lighting [and] temperature, minimising the need for hotel staff to come and go during the day.

“We understand that for some of our clients, like those in the medical and pharmaceutical industry, face to face meetings are critical, and now, more than ever, conference organisers are also looking for flexibility in our proposals and contract terms and safe practices whilst they are onsite,” Long added.

“In addition to our ‘Meet Safe’ onsite initiatives, groups who meet eligibility criteria are offered free cancellation and attrition terms, and we’ve received lots of positive feedback on this approach so far.”