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ITCM News 20.07.16

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BVEP to coordinate event industry response on Brexit impact to inform Government review

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The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP) has been invited to co-ordinate the views and concerns of the events industry surrounding Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, as part of initial reviews being carried out by the Department of Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS).
Goose Live Events runs biggest ever international Formula Student engineering event at Silverstone
Silverstone event

Specialist events agency Goose Live Events delivered the largest ever international Formula Student event at Silverstone from 14th to 17th July 2016, attended by over 3,500 engineering undergraduates from all over the world
BMW partners with Grass Roots Meetings & Events
The BMW Group Next 100 Years exhibition will visit the UK, China and the USA celebrating their centenary year with Grass Roots Meetings & Events leading the delegate management process for the UK stop.
The exhibition, which showcases each of the BMW Group's brands and in particular looks at future mobility was open for BMW's corporate clients, press and the public from 16-26 June at The Roundhouse, London.
MICE organisers celebrated 5th Kimpton London BBQ
Kimpton BBQ

The Roof Gardens on Kensington High Street, London, was a very favoured spot on Tuesday, 12th July. It was the occasion of the fifth consecutive annual gathering of UK event organisers for an evening of fun, food and networking hosted by Kimpton Hotels. And, an extra-special bonus, it did not rain on the party!
Banyan Tree to open its first resort in Morocco: Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay
Banyan Tree
On 1 September 2016, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts will open Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay, the first Banyan Tree property on the Mediterranean coast, and the first all-pool villa resort in Morocco.
Located on the northeast coast of Morocco in Tamouda Bay, the resort is a 20 minute drive from the charming city of Tetouan, and international visitors can arrive via Casablanca, Rabat and Tangier.
Oddfellows introduces a playful way to bring your team 'Back to School'
Oddfellows, Chester's iconic design-led boutique hotel, has launched a meeting's package with a quirky twist. The 'Back to School' offering is a playful way to settle your team back to business after what can sometimes be a disjointed summertime.
Complimentary meeting room hire, AV and a special 'packed lunch' in a school- style lunch box will make every meeting have a scholarly edge.
Langridge Stand marks new era for conferences at Bath Racecourse
A new stunning multi-million-pound conference facility with panoramic views of the South West's most historic city has been officially opened at Bath Racecourse.
The Langridge Stand, which officially opened today (July 20), provides a unique location for meetings and conferences being held in the city, and will significantly increase business events taking place at Bath Racecourse.
Holywell Park recognised by BDRC Continental VenueVerdic
Holywell Park, one of imago's flagship venues, has been recognised in the latest BDRC Continental VenueVerdict results.
The purpose- built conference centre, located on the Loughborough University campus, achieved BDRC Continental VenueVerdict Gold Standard Accreditation for Q2 2016 having also attained it in the first quarter of the year.
Celebrity design duo Vin + Omi chooses Congress Centre for London Fashion Week
Vin + Omi
London's Congress Centre has just been chosen to host acclaimed designers Vin + Omi's show during London Fashion Week on 19th September 2016.
Renowned in the fashion world for their fantastical, innovative and futuristic pieces, worn by everyone from Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Grayson Perry and Pamela Anderson, to Jo Whiley, Debbie Harry and Jane Horrocks,....
Macdonald Hotels opens first Irish meetings & conference hotel
Macdonald Kinsale Hotel & Spa,
Macdonald Kinsale Hotel & Spa, near Cork, is preparing to welcome event delegates and businesses travellers from across the world as it unveils its new meeting, team building, and conferencing facilities.
The hotel will be a premier choice for bookers and businesses with its dedicated service and booking team,....
Swiss International Air Lines offers a summer adventure with the introduction of C Series flights
As summer gets into full swing, Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is encouraging Mancunians to ditch the beach holiday and instead make the most of the new C Series flights to Zurich which was introduced this Saturday at Manchester Airport.
Qatar Airways increases services to Muscat to satisfy traveller demand
Qatar Airways
35 weekly flights from Doha to Oman's capital from 1st August
From 1st August 2016, Qatar Airways will provide travellers from around the UK with even more choice when flying to Muscat, with the addition of an extra flight to its existing schedule - increasing the number of daily flights between Doha and Muscat to five.

ITCM Interview
Remarkable new resort now operating in Accra

Marwan Zakhem
Marwan Zakhem, its activator, talks to Sydney Paulden
An entrepreneur called Marwan Zakhem is going to get Ghana a higher profile in the global travel sector. Raised and educated in the UK from the age of 3, when his family moved from Lebanon, he is MD of Gold Coast City Resort Ltd.
ITCM slept here
A London hotel with everything - and more
Hotel Novotel London West
Sydney Paulden visits London's complete venue, Hotel Novotel London West
A group of event organisers think they are dreaming. They have a wide variety of events to arrange and they are in a venue that appears to have solutions to all their problems. It is alongside Hammersmith tube station with lines that link directly with Heathrow Airport, the city centre and theatreland.
Free advice on data protection
Simon Clayton
Answers to important questions for event organisers
Data is the key to the success of events. Every event generates a mountain of data ranging from contact details to dietary requirements to sponsor leads.
Latest Appointments
IHG strengthens leadership with two new senior promotions
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world's leading hotel companies, has announced two new senior appointments within the UK.
Henrik Muehle appointed to the new Executive Board of Small Luxury Hotels of the World Limited
Henrik Muehle
General Manager of luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair Henrik Muehle has been elected as a member of the newly formed Executive Board of Small Luxury Hotels (SLH) Limited.
dmg Energy Events London appoints new Vice President
Orson Francescone
dmg events (global energy) announced today that Orson Francescone has joined the London office as Vice President of Energy.
Lime Venue Portfolio expands with appointment of Maria Scullion
Maria Scullion
Maria Scullion has joined Lime Venue Portfolio as National Support Manager, with the remit of furthering the brand's continued growth and service quality across the conference and events sector.

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Latest appointments

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

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


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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Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel

Thinking Paris? Think Pullman

Briony Key reports on a visit to the Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel
Sleek and chic, standing on the Left Bank of the Seine, the Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel is stylish and very well situated.
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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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