With any entertainment venue, atmosphere is of utmost importance. Creating the right mood is central to any event; whether it’s a small, private business meeting or a large, opulent wedding celebration. This fact is well known to the Events Team at the Kowloon Shangri-La hotel in Hong Kong. The property, which first opened as a Shangri-La hotel in 1991, has a well-established history of hosting some of the most exciting events, meetings and social functions within the city.
With a waterfront location, offering views across Hong Kong’s famous harbour and close proximity to the peninsula’s commercial, entertainment and shopping district, it’s easy to see why the hotel is so popular. Aside from the hotel’s 688 stylish rooms and suites, it features an array of meeting and banqueting rooms, capable of hosting a wide variety of events. In a commitment to continue offering an environment that is both lavish and functional, the Kowloon Shangri-La recently underwent a redevelopment program which saw a newly refurbished Grand Ballroom unveiled in 2009. Described by the hotel as a ‘True testament of grandeur and timeless elegance”, the 560 square metre pillarless space offer’s a versatile space that is elegant yet understated, featuring neutral marbles, quality fabrics and ivory walls.
Decoration and dressing certainly have an undeniable impact on the overall ambiance of the room, however just as significant for creating the right atmosphere – but often overlooked – is the lighting of the space. With this in mind, a revised lighting package was included during the ballroom’s refurbishment, which featured a number of DR2s to provide table pinspotting at events. High ceilings – whilst offering a dramatic environment for functions – can represent an issue when it comes to lighting tables, fortunately, Remote Controlled Lighting’s ‘Select & Direct’ system offered the hotel an innovative yet simple solution. Using RCL’s handheld remote controller, untrained staff are able to focus lights on tables from floor level, drastically reducing set up time as well as providing a safe alternative to ladders and mechanical lifts.