|17 May, 1999 - Singapore’s premier business, conference
and social address, The Pan Pacific Singapore, is getting ready for the
new millennium with a $5 million renovation of our Pacific Ballroom.
This face-lift will have meeting/event planners, corporate clientele and
locals doing a double take when completed on 1 September 1999.
Exquisitely unique, with the feel and style of an “Oasis of Hospitality”, the newly transformed Grand Ballroom will sparkle with natural light streaming in during the day, through the chic new large window glass exterior.
The new entrance off Raffles Boulevard creates a refreshing contemporary image. To complement the existing John Portman design, a porte cochere covering the entrance with floor to ceiling glass windows will lead arriving guests through stylish glass doors, into the bright grand foyer.
The interior is designed by world famous architectural firm, Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo with offices in Singapore, Hawaii, Newport Beach and London. The main theme, water and waves, is woven into the interior design representing the Pacific Ocean and positive elements of ‘Feng Shui’, symbols of wealth and harmony. “The Ballroom will be an auspicious place for conferences, receptions and special occasions in Singapore leading into the 21st Century,” says Mr. Steve Halliday, General Manager of The Pan Pacific Singapore.
The room features wall paneling made from Sycamore wood, crystal light fixtures and a special glass wall and is complemented by classic and contemporary furniture. The ambience is cool sophistication, exuding vitality and timeless panache.
Like Singapore, The Pan Pacific wants to be a unique venue and special place to host guests. “We want to be like no other destination on the island for gracious hospitality and creative dining,” explained Mr. Halliday.
He continues, “With Marina Bay having developed into the business and social hub of Singapore, the new Pacific Ballroom is perfectly timed to lead into the Year 2000 with an innovative image. It is geared to handle the growing popularity of international conventions, exhibitions, major social events, local meetings, seminars, VIP banquets and weddings hosted in Singapore.”
Ms. Priscilla Chua formerly from The Regent Singapore will head the experienced team of catering and convention servicing associates. She emphasizes, “A unique concept of food and beverage service will be introduced, utilizing the talents and creativity of our four famous International Chefs from Keyaki Japanese Restaurant, Hai Tien Lo Cantonese Restaurant, Tuscany Ristorante and Western Cuisine. We want to provide something for Singapore that no other hotel can, we do not have one executive chef, we have FOUR.”
The Pacific Ballroom measuring 805 square meters can accommodate up to 750 diners and 1200 reception guests. Special soundproof walls from Germany will separate the room into three. New audio-visual and sound systems will also be added. The additional 22 function rooms will continue to support this facility.
Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts currently encompasses 20 hotels (17 managed properties, 2 marketing affiliates, and 1 hotel under development) in 12 countries in Asia, the Pacific and North America. The Pan Pacific Singapore owned by Hotel Marina City Pte Ltd, is managed by Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts who has properties in key cities throughout Asia, Canada and the USA.
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