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BUEI to launch new-look meeting venues

Attractive venue: the BUEI is to open new-look meeting places

The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute is to unveil its new-looking meeting spaces for rent next month.

Now the modernised meeting spaces will be unveiled to an invited audience next month.

Mel Ferson, director of the BUEI, said the new-look meeting spaces upstairs were ideal for both corporate and individual events, while the downstairs exhibition area would be marketed as an ideal location for cocktail parties and similar events.

Mr Ferson said: “In our Cable & Wireless room, we’ve gone for more modern, simple look.”

He added that furniture had been removed from the room, while new carpets and artwork by whale expert Andrew Stevenson will be installed.

And guests at events at BUEI will also be offered tours of current exhibits, including the $250,000 America’s Cup exhibit, which features hi-tech virtual reality effects.

He added that the new train, which runs between the city and BUEI’s East Broadway site will also be available to bring guests to Hamilton for evening events.

Mr Ferson said: “As we are a non-profit organisation, anyone who books us for a rental, it’s good social responsibility for them.

“That helps us run BUEI and provide educational programmes to the children of Bermuda free of charge.

“Without our rental spaces, we would struggle to stay afloat because it’s quite a substantial part of the money we have to raise outside of our sponsorships.”

Belinda Barbieri, head of marketing, added: “Our clients range from churches to corporate or individuals throwing a retirement party, different government agencies — it runs the entire gamut, really.”