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ITCM News 29.06.16

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Harbour & Jones Events hosts 'Eat the Rainbow' themed showcase at 41 Portland Place

Harbour & Jones Events
Unveiling new edible pudding wall concept
On Wednesday 22nd June 2016, Harbour & Jones Events held a showcase dinner at their in-house venue 41 Portland Place to unveil a new event food concept. Forty of some of the industry's most prestigious events professionals arrived at the central London Grade II listed townhouse to feast on a rainbow-inspired menu and discover a much anticipated surprise for pudding.
Shepherd's of Westminster joins The Westminster Collection
Iconic restaurant, Shepherd's of Westminster has joined leading venue consortium The Westminster Collection.
The restaurant in Marsham Court boasts a rich and varied history and is widely used by politicians, diplomats, journalists and lobbyists as well as having a strong business clientele.
Event professionals debate future of interactive events at Slido Insights seminar
Slido Insights seminar
Audience interaction specialist Slido hosted more than 50 leading events professionals on June 23rd at a panel debate which explored the future of interactive events during London Technology Week. Held at Headspace in London's Hatton Garden, the first ever client event for the company, entitled Slido Insights: Take Interaction to the Next Level
CWT research reveals Marriott acquisition of Starwood set to change travel buying forever
Marriott's acquisition of Starwood is set to change the hotel industry significantly. Carlson Wagonlit Travel's (CWT) latest white paper, shows corporate travel buyers need to start thinking about the implications now and start planning how it will change their travel programmes.
Motel One Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt is now officially open
Motel One Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt
On 6th June 2016 Motel One Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt opened the doors of its third hotel in Stuttgart, providing visitors to the city with all the benefits of a design hotel at an affordable price. The new 141 room hotel is located directly in the old town of Bad Cannstatt, the oldest and most popular district of Stuttgart.
Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain opens elegant new banquet and event space
>Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain
Recently premiered Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain is about to unveil its latest addition - the spacious multi purpose Qing You Hall. This elegant addition occupies an expansive 4,500 square feet (420 square meters) and rewards guests with a stunning backdrop of the sublime Qing Cheng Mountain with the resort's 2.5 acres (1 hectare) organic garden in the foreground.
Art classes add Life to a leisure programme
Art Team model
Art Team gives further details of its services
Art Team has revealed further details of its new service that is aimed at adding interest to a leisure or incentive programme. It is the brainchild of Gordon Hickman who is aware of the expanding interest in life drawing classes.
hotel republic ltd adds Down Hall Country House Hotel to its growing portfolio
Down Hall Country House Hote
British classical elegance is now available for the finest meetings and incentive events through hotel republic now that it's added Down Hall Country House hotel to its portfolio. Down Hall is one of Britain's most established country house hotels just 45 minutes from central London and is wonderfully located in 110 acres of grounds and parkland just a few miles from Stansted Airport.
United Airlines to increase flights from Heathrow to San Francisco and Los Angeles
Additional Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights to airline's West Coast hubs
United Airlines will increase the frequency of its flights from London/Heathrow to both its San Francisco and Los Angeles hubs. For winter 2016-17, the airline will operate a second daily Heathrow-San Francisco nonstop service, effective October 30, 2016 (westbound).
Lufthansa launches internet connectivity on short- and medium-haul flights
Green light from EASA: Supplemental Type Certificate issued
In October of this year, the first Lufthansa short- and medium-haul aircraft will take off with broadband internet on board. Lufthansa's entire A320 family fleet is expected to have the innovative technology installed by mid-2018.
Lisbon moves into the top ten cities for international association meetings
Lisbon has strengthened its position as one of the world's top destinations for international meetings and congresses by moving into the top ten in the annual International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) city rankings for 2015.
The Portuguese capital climbed three places to No9 in the top 20 list of cities by hosting 145 association meetings last year, an impressive increase of 30% compared to 2014.

EU Referendum - what's best for MICE?

ITCM venue search
Exit would bring us more, not less, bureaucracy
UK event managers, in or out of Europe?
If you have been in the UK for the past few months or work there permanently you will be aware that the UK is about to vote in a national referendum.
Vista expand Client Services team as they continue to grow in core sectors
Natalie Gill
Agency appoints Senior Project Manager
Creative communications consultancy and event specialists, Vista, have appointed Natalie Gill to their Client Services team.
Diane Chen assumes General Manager’s role at EXPO
Diane Chen
Diane Chen has been promoted to the position of General Manager of the Shenyang New World EXPO, the newest and most state-of- the-art exhibition and meeting venue in Northeast China.
NEC expands event management team
NEC appointments
The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) has welcomed three new recruits to its experienced event management team; Tracey Duffy has joined the team as Event Manager, while Victoria Gibbon and Tasha Bray have been appointed as Assistant Event Managers.
New Sales Manager for Austria Trend Hotel Congress Innsbruck
Sebastian Wolak,
Sebastian Wolak, MA has been announced as the new Sales Manager of Austria Trend Hotel Congress Innsbruck.
ONYX Hospitality Group appoints Simon Dell as Vice President and Area General Manager for Sri Lanka
Simon Dell
Thailand-based ONYX Hospitality Group appoints Simon Dell as its new Vice President and Area General Manager for Sri Lanka.
Manchester's Hotel Gotham unveils new General Manager
Mario Ovsenjak
Manchester's award-winning Hotel Gotham, part of the Bespoke Hotels collection, has announced the appointment of Mario Ovsenjak as General Manager, who joins as the property looks

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James McCulloch Thomson
New Chef on the Menu at Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa - Aberfoyle, Scotland
Macdonald Hotels has announced that renowned chef, James McCulloch Thomson, is joining Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa in Aberfoyle as executive head chef.
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Franck Kermarrec
Millennium Hotels and Resorts appoints new Global Chief Marketing Officer
Millennium Hotels and Resorts has announced that Mr Franck Kermarrec has been appointed Global Chief Marketing Officer. Kermarrec joins Millennium Hotels and Resorts from Hertz International, where he was leading their business and commercial strategy.
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Hicran Ozbuk
Istanbul CVB’s GM elected as the Chairperson of ICCA Mediterranean Chapter
General Manager of Istanbul Convention & Visitors Bureau, Hicran Ozbuk has been named as the chairperson of ICCA Mediterranean Chapter for 2 years’ term.
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Jade Boulter
Jade Boulter appointed General Manager of Holiday Inn Sutton hotel
Jade Boulter has been appointed General Manager of Holiday Inn Sutton hotel. A young and ambitious hotelier, Boulter will lead the 78-strong team at the 119-bed Sutton hotel, welcoming guests from across the region
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FAM Trips

FAM group at Robinsons hotel

Sana Hotels have Lisbon covered

Hotel Republic, the UK representatives of SANA Hotels, gave an invited group a memorable taste of Portugal’s capital. Michelle Chenery reports
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FAM group at Robinsons hotel

Great fun and food at Robinson Club Resorts

Michelle Chenery reports on a Fam Trip to Austria with Hotel Republic
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Fast lap cars at Spa

A week’s incentive - in three days

Michelle Chenery visits Liege and Spa in Wallonia
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Leeds Castle

Micest Event at Leeds Castle

ANTOR and ITCM hosted a fun gathering
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PortAventura – a world class and versatile events option

Michelle Chenery reports on a Fam Trip to see much more than a theme park
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Madeira offers exciting accommodation, views, cuisine and transport

Michelle Chenery reports on a trip to Portugal’s pearl of the Atlantic, hosted by Uniqueworld and the DMC, Abreu
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ITCM slept here

Inspira Santa Marta Hotel

Park Plaza Riverbank gives you London

Sydney Paulden reports on a central location with great facilities
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Apex City of Bath

Apex City of Bath gives sparkling destination the venue it deserves

Sydney Paulden visits the city’s newest hotel property
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Carlton Towers

Carlton Towers turns dream into reality

Lauren Stiles enjoys an incentive weekend at the home of Lord and Lady Gerald
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Marriott Heathrow/Windsor Hotel

A venue that adds so much to every event

Alexander James reports on a stay at Marriott Heathrow/Windsor Hotel
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The Arden Hotel

Enjoy Henry VIII luxury at Leeds Castle in Kent

Roger St Pierre is almost lost for words
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Chilston Park

A Kent stately home at your service

Roger St Pierre marvels at Chilston Park
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Najeti Hôtel Du Golf

French golf venue in easy reach

Roger St Pierre reports on Najeti Hôtel Du Golf
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ITCM Visits


The Seychelles - an unrivalled MICE destination

Mika Lara savours a visit to the Indian Ocean’s pristine paradise
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Great cuisine, exciting activity and team-building at Northcote

Michelle Chenery dines, drives and goes shooting in Lancashire
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Country of castles and commitment

Sydney Paulden was entranced on a visit to Unexpected Luxembourg
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Chillon Castle view

Prime Lake Geneva destinations

Michelle Chenery visits Lausanne and Montreux
After a short flight with Swiss Air, we landed at Geneva airport to be met by Philips Excursions transfers services.
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 Barceló Sants hotel

Barceló Sants - out of this world meeting options

Briony Key goes where no ITCM reporter has gone before
The chance to go to Barcelona brought back memories of back packing around Europe, so I jumped at the opportunity to see how .....
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Destination reports

Cloth Hall Court

Work hard and play hard in Leeds

Roger St Pierre reviews how much this great city has to offer
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How well do you know Lisbon?

Michelle Chenery reports on the city’s multi-faceted MICE facilities
It is easy to see why ICCA has rated Lisbon as one of the world’s Top Ten Destinations for international meetings and congresses.
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Seoul floating islands

Seoul should be on your shortlist

Sydney Paulden reports on a visit to a fascinating and friendly city
It seems as if Korea has until now been somewhat overshadowed by the aggressive international marketing of some of its Far Eastern neighbours.
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Gothenburg has Europe’s largest integrated venue

Jan Erik reports on how Sweden’s second largest city has become a major player in the MICE market.
You might be forgiven for knowing very little about Gothenburg.
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Hyatt Zilara, Jamaica

A new view of Jamaica

Michelle Chenery reports on an unexpected itinerary along Montego Bay’s Elegant Corridor
The Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva quality service starts as soon as you arrive at the Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay.
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