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ITCM News 03.08.16

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Nationwide campaign comes to Leeds to inspire the next generation into hospitality and tourism

The Leeds Hotels and Venues Association has announced that The Big Hospitality Conversation will be coming to Leeds on 26th September at the Queens Hotel, Leeds. This will be the first time that the event has come to the city as part of a nationwide campaign by the British Hospitality Association, which looks to create up to 60,000 hospitality jobs for young people by the end of 2016.
Future Meeting Space scenarios revealed by German Convention Bureau
nteractivity, co-working and hybrid events will all be found in the meeting scenarios of the future, according to a new report by the German Convention Bureau (GCB). The GCB has launched a series of meeting scenarios as part of its Future Meeting Space research project in partnership with the European Association of Event Centres (EVVC) and the Fraunhofer Institute of Industrial Engineering (IAO).
Olympic training facilities inspire 02 conference
02 conference

A team from leading mobile phone and broadband provider 02 were going for gold with a unique event at the home of Olympic and world champions.
The group of 115 staff from 02's national online division hosted its quarterly conference in the Indoor Athletics Arena at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield (EIS Sheffield).
Downtown's stunning new observatory, Au Sommet Place Ville Marie, opens its doors
 Au Sommet Place Ville Marie
An observation deck with 360° views, a gourmet brasserie with a year-round terrace, an interactive cultural exhibit: it's all there in the newly revamped Au Sommet Place Ville Marie, which opened its doors to an eager public on Thursday, June 23.
Situated in Montreal's iconic Place Ville Marie, the cruciform jewel of downtown designed by I.M. Pei and Henry N. Cobb, the Au Sommet project offers Montrealers and visitors a brand-new creative, contemporary and immersive space.
Dorsett Hospitality International strengthens its UK presence with development of Dorsett City, London
Dorsett Hospitality International has announced the development of its second hotel in London, Dorsett City, a 13 storey building formerly known as The Matrix, located next to Aldgate tube station and the 18th century St Botolph Church.
Dorsett Hospitality International's first hotel, Dorsett Shepherds Bush, opened in 2014 and Dorsett City, London, will further underline the company's vision to expand its hotel portfolio in selected strategic regions in the United Kingdom and Europe.
Sereno Hotels announces the grand opening of Il Sereno Lago di Como
Il Sereno Lago di Como
Lake Como's newest hotel designed by Patricia Urquiola features 30 suites and restaurant led by Chef Andrea Berton from Michelin starred kitchens Sereno Hotels has announced the grand opening of Il Sereno Lago di Como, the first new hotel on Lake Como in decades, designed by famed Milan-based architect and designer Patricia Urquiola.
More MICE Sales for Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces
The luxury group, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is doubling its representation investment in hotel republic Ltd. in a move that underscores hotel republic's ability to deliver exceptional service to its UK MICE clients. Taj will now enjoy even more dynamic networking events, FAM trips, sales missions and exhibitions.
Icelandair offer flight bookings through Facebook Messenger
Icelandair has announced they will offer passengers the option of booking their next transatlantic flight through Facebook Messenger.
The Facebook Messenger Stopover Bot is the newest example of the rising trend in Conversational Commerce.
Eurowings and Singapore Airlines to work closely in future
Eurowings and Singapore Airlines will work closely together in future: The Star Alliance partner will access the Eurowings route network for feeder flights to its long-haul connections from all over Europe.
This means that Singapore Airlines' passengers can begin their trip to the Southeast Asian city state in Europe with Eurowings.

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Latest appointments
micebook appoints Charlotte Weston
Charlotte Weston
As micebook launches its second phase of development, it announces the addition of a new industry professional to its team. Charlotte Weston joins micebook as Client Services Director.
Amit Majumder promoted to General Manager of Jumeirah Vittaveli
Amit Majumder
Jumeirah Group appoints Resort Manager to lead the property
Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, has appointed Amit Majumder as the new General Manager of the award-winning Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives.
New Events Manager for Storrs Hall Hotel
Events Manager
A new face has joined the team at one of Windermere’s most historic lakeside hotels, Storrs Hall, which recently became part of the Bespoke Hotels collection.
Victory Services Club Executive Chef appointed Chairman of the League of Club Chefs
Paul Mattocks
Victory Services Club (VSC) today announces that its Executive Chef Paul Mattocks has been appointed as Chairman for the League of Club Chefs (LOCC).
Maastricht Convention Bureau welcomes Nico Stam as new chairman 
Nico Stam,
Nico Stam, Deputy Director of Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus & Chief Business Officer, has joined the board of the Maastricht Convention Bureau. He is the new independent chairman.

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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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