InterContinental Phoenicia Beirut celebrates its reopening and the festive season with the inauguration of The Beirut Venue

InterContinental Phoenicia Beirut celebrates its reopening and the festive season with the inauguration of The Beirut Venue

InterContinental Phoenicia Beirut celebrated the hotel’s reopening — which occurred in October — the launch of a new event space and the start of the festive season with a special gala event on December 1.

More than 500 guests, including ambassadors, corporate and private invitees, media representatives and social media influencers, were present at the event, which was hosted by presenter Elie Merhej and featured acrobats and a performance by the violinist and pianist Pierre Basbous.

The Beirut Venue, a space dedicated to business and corporate meetings, private functions and gatherings, fashion shoots, TV interviews and exhibitions, was inaugurated during the event. The hotel’s location in the heart of the capital and its status as a Beirut icon inspired the choice of name.

Ten-year-old Ivana Salloum, a rising talent, sang her new hit song and turned on the lights of the hotel’s Christmas tree. The evening culminated in the Grand Ballroom, where guests enjoyed entertainment by international singer Nancy Nesrallah and stand-up comedian Fadi Charbel.

In addition, attendees were able to view an art exhibition. Held in partnership with SAFL (Solidarités et Amitiés Franco-Libanaise), the exhibition highlights the diverse talents of local artists, including a coffee painter, a 3D artist and candle and soap maker, who were present at the event with their work.

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Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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