With a 365 room hotel aboard and others possible on the property, and with the ship’s
extensive and legendary hospitality and banqueting capabilities restored, the
Queen Mary property could be a significant conference center and house a major
convention magnet in the City of Long Beach.
A good place to begin this development is with state of the art conference meeting rooms.
- The lounges and banqueting rooms on the ship were not designed for
conference meeting use. Columns intrude on sight-lines and their possible
use as meeting rooms is what keeps them stripped and dark most of the time.
- The smaller public rooms on the ship are better and more profitably used
for other purposes.
The best place to build for state of the art business meeting conference
rooms is in new construction in the Queen’s Wharf Complex that we’ve
recommended be built adjacent to the forward half of the Queen Mary.
- Nine large conference rooms with moveable partitions between them
allowing for the creation of a one or more massive "ballrooms",
- A sheet glass wall on the side adjacent to the Queen Mary providing a
panoramic view of the ship and property from each of the meeting rooms.
- A grand lobby with escalators from the wharf level and with a link to the
forward tower of the ship at A Deck level.
- State of the art display and telecommunications technology, perfect sight
lines and acoustics in the meeting rooms.
- A state of the art business service center and smaller meeting rooms on
the mezzanine level below.
The Queen’s Wharf Complex would house the business meetings and seminars
associated with conferences and conventions. Hospitality and banqueting events
would be held on the Queen Mary itself.
From Conference Center to Major Convention Hotel Facility
With most potential hotel sites in downtown Long Beach currently being
developed as residential space instead of hotel space, the vast undeveloped
Queen Mary property might be critical to the development of the next phase of
convention business in Long Beach.
- The isolation of the Queen Mary property from the downtown convention
needs to be addressed -- and might be solved with an aerial tram from the
property to the plaza of the downtown convention center.
- A large convention hotel (up to 1,000 rooms) on the south edge of the
Queen Mary property atop a large parking structure would serve as a physical
buffer between the ship and the already massive and still climbing cranes of
the container port.
- The entire complex would buffer the sight of the industrial port from the
city on the other side of the Queens Way Bay.
This development would go a long way towards solving the
long term Monday through Friday business problem of the Queen Mary and take
full advantage of the hospitality, banqueting and meeting services
facilities we recommend be restored or create on or near the ship.