Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach offers tech solution for social distancing requirements

Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach has launched new content-sharing technology to connect all the hotel’s meeting rooms should organisers need to enact social distancing requirements.

As part of the hotel’s recent multi-million dollar renovation, Avestar Audio Visual custom-built and installed a solution to easily and simultaneously connect all of the hotel’s 11 meeting rooms and share content (both video and audio) through integrated IP technology.

Now with government-mandated limits on gatherings easing and social distancing high on the meeting agenda, the solution is available for clients looking to safely distance their delegates across multiple meeting spaces.

“Pre-COVID, the solution was originally designed to share content across multiple meeting spaces giving clients with hundreds of delegates the ability to instantly share updates when delegates were in breakout sessions or scattered throughout the hotel,” said Avestar director Glenn Richards.

“We’re excited that our solution can be re-purposed to assist the hotel and our clients to safely get back to meeting in person.

“As the technology is already built-in, it comes at a fraction of the cost of setting up a similar solution in other venues, and it’s as easy as a ‘flick of a switch’ to activate’.”

General manager Gareth Long said the hotel was undertaking a new ‘Meet Safe’ initiative to align with what he sees as “the new way to meet” once government restrictions start to ease. The initiative will align with state government regulations, and will include increased vigilance around social distancing, hygiene and cleaning as a priority.

“We’re also anticipating that this will mean reviewing meeting room capacities to allow for greater spacing between delegates, staggering catering break times to minimise the number of delegates in restaurants and public spaces and a suite of revamped menu offerings to replace buffet-style catering including ‘chef plated’ or ‘grab & go’ options,” he said.

“Allowing for more client autonomy, all meeting spaces feature built-in touch panels, which means delegates can control everything from within their meeting room (audio visual, blinds, lighting, 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.”