In March 2018, the hotel welcomed delegates for the 2018 Marriott International Asia Pacific Operation Leadership Summit; Asia Pacific Finance Conference; and APEC (the Asia Pacific excluding Greater China) General Managers’ Summit. All three events gathered hundreds of Marriott’s regional hotel leaders, including GMs, Resident Managers, Finance Directors, Directors of Food & Beverage, Executive Chefs and Directors of Rooms.
The Asia Pacific Operation Leadership Summit gathered more than 700 hotel discipline leaders to mastermind the company’s future operational strategy, while the biennial Finance Conference, which was attended by approximately 400 delegates, marked the first major gathering of Marriott and former Starwood finance leaders since the companies’ recent merger. Finally, the General Managers’ Summit welcomed around 350 GMs from Marriott hotels across the Asia Pacific (excluding Greater China).
As the largest hotel in Thailand’s capital city, Asia Pacific’s only Marriott Marquis-branded property and a key MICE venue for the entire region, Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park took the opportunity of hosting these important conferences to demonstrate how it is able to breathe life into events.
By delivering a range of imaginative meeting ideas, including original break-out sessions, creative F&B concepts and inventive entertainment, the hotel generated a positive social atmosphere that helped to inspire delegates.
“At Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, our goal is to design new experiences for delegates and attendees at all our events. We want to deliver exceptional moments, flawless food and beverage, and use the latest technology to reinvent the classical conference concept,” commented Bob Fabiano, General Manager, Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park
“Our extensive hotel provides the perfect selection of venues and facilities to showcase these innovative ideas. In addition to the insights they gained from the conferences, I hope that many of the attendees will be inspired to create similarly impressive events at their own properties,” he added.
For example, the morning “wellness breaks” transformed the hotel’s ballroom into a spa-like sanctuary, complete with white décor, relaxing scents, towels and exquisitely presented F&B. Positive energy flowed through the room as associates relaxed with tai chi, yoga and massages. This helped to awaken and invigorate their senses, focusing the delegates’ minds for the sessions ahead.
Equally unique, the lunch breaks showcased how Marriott is a proud family organization by inviting the associates’ relatives to share a traditional Thai meal in a social canteen-style ambiance. At the Operations Conference, this included chefs from Marriott’s Thai properties inviting their family members to share their best recipes.
In the afternoons, an original coffee break concept saw delegates head to the hotel’s car park – where they were flash-mobbed! Gathered together in this unexpected location, the associates were amazed when parades of food and beverage carts rolled in, accompanied by performers and drums. This created a real buzz and further strengthened the bonds of camaraderie between the delegates.
Throughout the three conferences, attendees were also provided with plenty of opportunities to interact with each other, including areas for offline and virtual meetings. The events were all rounded off with international food and wine festivals, allowing associates to sample a selection of festive foods, each perfectly paired with wine.