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Palladium Group enters the UK MICE market

Ricardo Cañada, Palladium Group

Ricardo Cañada talks to Sydney Paulden

Palladium Hotels is a group that has been building a reputation for over 50 years for quality service in Spain’s city centres, on the Spanish holiday islands and in the Caribbean.
Owned by the Matutes family, the Palladium Group has now decided to expand its markets and has chosen the UK as a key target for MICE clients. As a result it has appointed Ellicis Hotels to represent them and it took part in its first MICE exhibition in the UK last week.
ITCM was able to meet Ricardo Cañada, MICE Sales Director of Palladium, on the Ellicis stand at Confex.


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London’s Greenwich adds to its unrivalled MICE facilities

Raj Shah

The 453-room InterContinental London-the 02 opens in November

In November 2015 the Royal Borough of Greenwich will have another reason for claiming to be one of Europe’s most MICE friendly locations. This will be the opening of the InterContinental Hotel London - the 02. An 18-storey building, it will add 453 high quality rooms and an impressive new conference centre to the facilities in this rapidly developing, previously neglected part of east London.

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Bing Pulse adds interest and excitement to presentations

Greg Shaw

. . and Microsoft is offering it free of charge, Greg Shaw tells Sydney Paulden

A chat with Greg Shaw opened my eyes to even more benefits flowing from simple-to-use, readily available and ultra-low-cost technology. I met Greg at International Confex 2015 in London. He is Senior Director Strategy in Microsoft’s Exec Strategic& Special Projects Division, based in the hi-tech location of Redmond, State of Washington, USA.

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Academic venues offer multiple benefits

Terry Billingham, Venuemasters CEO

Terry Billingham, Venuemasters CEO, reviews them for ITCM

Terry Billingham is CEO of Venuemasters, so he has responsibility for the marketing of 72 venues. They are all in colleges and universities, mostly in the UK, and in every part of the country.
I met him at International Confex 2015 in London, where he outlined for me some of the many advantages of academic venues – and some of the disadvantages from a marketing point of view.
‘All the premises’, he began, ‘have the express purpose of instructing and teaching. They have state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment with highly specialised technical staff. And we have about 2,000 different meeting spaces to offer of every size and variety.’


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American Express joint venture supports organisers

Lisa Thompson

Lisa Thompson’s promises backed by 14,000 staff and $900m, reports Sydney Paulden

Predictions suggest that in the coming years the cost of meetings will increase and organisers will have reduced budgets. There are two reactions to this double whammy. One is to throw up one’s hands in despair and bury your head in them; the other is to explore means of being more efficient.
It is sometime suggested that the answer might be to cut out the travel cost with virtual meetings.


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