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ITCM News 22.09.16

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Belfast welcomes Europe's biggest gathering of Zoo professionals

Belfast Waterfront
This week Northern Ireland's capital city is swarming with zoo professionals attending the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) conference at Belfast Waterfront.
Regarded as the biggest annual gathering of the European zoo and aquarium community and arguably the most important event in the industry's ....
Kensington Palace welcomes guests to an evening of deliciously different entertaining
Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace, one of six venues cared for by independent charity Historic Royal Palaces, welcomed 90 luxury event planners and high-end brands yesterday (21 September) for an evening of deliciously different entertaining.
Cairn Group announces opening of major new venue The Birmingham Conference & Events Centre (BCEC)
BCEC
Cairn Group, one of the UK's most progressive independent hotels, venues and leisure companies, today announced the autumn 2016 opening of a major new venue, the Birmingham Conference & Events Centre (BCEC). The BCEC, located on Hill Street in the heart of the city's rejuvenated centre, boasts a fully-flexible events space over two floors in excess of 2000 sq metres.
FutureFest 2016 inspires and enlightens at Tobacco Dock
Future Fest

From Saturday 17th - Sunday 18th September, Tobacco Dock, a landmark conference and event space located in East London, hosted FutureFest 2016.
The forward-thinking event was a weekend festival of talks, experiences and debates designed to inspire attendees to change the future across a number of different business and social sectors.
PCMA announces registration opens for Virtual Edge Summit November 2016
Registration opened yesterday (Wednesday, 21st September 2016) for online delegates to attend the premier educational summit for meetings and events professionals held globally.
The Professional Convention and Management Association (PCMA's) Virtual Edge Institute is hosting the one day online conference on 10th November 2016 where it will be live-streamed from the INXPO Studio in Chicago, Illinois.
SPARK THINKING supports bright sparks at Jaguar Land Rover
SPARK THINKING
SPARK THINKING recently supported Jaguar Land Rover in delivering their Graduate and Apprentice Induction Programme for their 2016 new recruits.
The launch pad event took place at the Ricoh Arena September 5-9. Over 400 16 – 24 year olds attended the five day event to kick-start their Jaguar Land Rover career and development journeys.
Unpack Hamburg - city shares its secrets with meeting and event planners in new campaign
unpack hamburg
Meeting and event planners have been invited to unpack Hamburg as part of a new campaign dedicated to the MICE market launched by Hamburg Convention Bureau.
The new campaign, Unpack Hamburg, aims to reveal the secret attractions of the city.
Event excellence at the Athenaeum Hotel & Residences
Athenaeum Hotel & Residences
Nestled in the heart of thriving Mayfair and following a meticulous multi-million pound refurbishment, the new and improved Athenaeum Hotel & Residences offers an enviable collection of stunning new corporate meeting spaces overseen by Michelin-starred chefs The Galvin Brothers.
Tivoli Marina Vilamoura unveils new Deluxe and Family Rooms
Tivoli Marina Vilamoura
Vilamoura's luxury landmark hotel presents a brand new luxury façade
The Tivoli Marina Vilamoura, the Algarve's best-known luxury resort and conference hotel, with its inimitable located on the Vilamoura marina and facing the ocean, has invested in renovations to several floors of bedrooms, as well as its iconic façade.
New lounge to be launched at Heathrow Terminal 3
Collinson Group and Swissport partnership meets growth in travel demand with launch of new lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3
Airport Lounge Development (ALD), a subsidiary of Collinson Group, and Swissport are to launch an exciting new lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3 in response to a significant increase in demand for lounge access from business travelers.
Qatar Airways starts flying A380 to Sydney due to increase in passenger demand
Qatar Airways A380
Flagship A380 aircraft increases daily capacity by 44 per cent to cater for robust leisure and business travel demand to and from Sydney - after just six months of operation
Sydney has become Qatar Airways' first destination in Australia to be served by the super-jumbo A380 aircraft, just six months after it joined the carrier's global network.

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Travel Counsellors
Travel Counsellors have announced the appointment of a Director of Digital and Innovation as the company continues to focus on building its digital offering and innovations across the business.
Andrew Brownsword Hotels appoints new General Manager at Gidleigh Park
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Andrew Brownsword Hotels has announced the appointment of Paul Shanahan as General Manager of Gidleigh Park, with Paul due to take up his new position on 23 November 2106.

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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

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

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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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

Northcote

Great cuisine, exciting activity and team-building at Northcote

Michelle Chenery dines, drives and goes shooting in Lancashire
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Luxembourg

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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Lisbon

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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Sweden

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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