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ITCM News 05.10.16


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NBTC Holland Marketing Signs on as Exclusive Destination Partner for Rendezvous at ibtm world 2016 in Barcelona
ibtm world has announced a partnership with Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Foundation and NBTC Holland Marketing, which will launch Rendezvous - the foundation's signature networking and fundraising event - at the show this year
Europe's largest escape room venue - Locked In A Room - opens at ExCeL London
Ecxel staff in escape room

Europe's largest escape room venue, Locked In A Room, has opened at ExCeL London, alongside the venue's meetings and training facility CentrEd at ExCeL. As the name suggests, individual teams are locked in a room and tasked with solving a series of tests, puzzles and clues in order to escape.
Stadium of Light helps major conference move up a gear
Sunderland's Stadium of Light
A leading North East venue is celebrating after helping steer a major conference to record success.
Sunderland's Stadium of Light was chosen for the second year to host the North East Automotive expo, organised by the North East Automotive Alliance to showcase the latest industry technology and to highlight the region's role in this field.
The BCEC soft launches ahead of official November opening
BCEC

The Birmingham Conference & Events Centre (BCEC), owned and operated by Cairn Group, will soft launched on the 3rd October 2016 ahead of its official opening event on 3rd November.
The venue has experienced a strong level of interest ahead of launch, with clients already booked including National Express, the Irish Guards Old Comrades Association and the National Osteoporosis Society.
Oliver Peyton launches “Britain” event menus at IWM London
Peyton Events
Last week, Peyton Events hosted a spectacular British soirée at the Imperial War Museum (IWM) London to launch Britain - A collection of premium event menus. Designed by executive chef Paula O'Neill, the new event menus use only fresh, authentic and natural British ingredients primarily from small, independent producers who can guarantee breed and organically grown products.
Greater Birmingham celebrates 6th Michelin star
Tim Manson
Tim Manson, Operations & Policy Director at Visit Birmingham, said: "The decision to award Hampton Manor with Greater Birmingham’s sixth Michelin star is a further boost to an increasingly significant part of this region's tourism economy.
"More than three-quarters of our visitors come here (77%) to experience our wide-ranging and accessible food and drink sector -
Hilton Expands presence in Nigeria with signing of Hilton Lagos Airport
Hilton Lagos Airport
Murtala Muhammed International Airport Location for New Hilton Hotels & Resorts Property as Hilton Doubles its Presence in Africa
Hilton has announced the signing of a management agreement with Quality Inspection & Testing Services Limited to open a 350 guest-room and suite hotel at Lagos' Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Nigeria.
The Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte temporarily downgrades to 4-star
Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte
The star less than in the summer season (from June 15 to September 30 the hotel is a five-star) is aimed to meet the needs of the pharmaceutical industry.
The Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte of Viareggio, renowned venue for corporate events thanks to both the wide disposability of fully equipped conference rooms and the incomparable Versilian atmosphere, ....
mia to offer post-Brexit insight at Independent Hotel Show
The Meetings Industry Association (mia) - one of the fastest growing associations in the conference, meetings and events sector - will be offering its first post-Brexit insight to hoteliers attending this year's Independent Hotel Show.
ICC Sydney launches menu of world class food for thought, action and attention
ICC Sydney
International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) today unveils its inaugural menu from the venue's industry-first Feeding Your Performance philosophy. Split into fourteen collections, the dishes will be served across Australia's premier integrated convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct when it opens in December 2016.
ibtm world Hosted Buyers - Time running out to Apply!  
International meeting planners from more than 100 countries have put forward their applications to qualify for ibtm world 2016. The quality of applicants is higher than ever with many planners taking part for the first time, wanting to take advantage of the business, networking and education programmes www.ibtmworld.com.
Lufthansa Group to serve new destinations over winter
The airlines in the Lufthansa group - Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings, Lufthansa and Swiss International Air Lines - will be even a more attractive option for winter holidaymakers and business travellers this winter. As always, passengers can rely on the high standard of service, quality and reliability of the Lufthansa Group.
Boutique hotel Toepferhaus achieves 100% automation of meeting inquiries
Seehotel Toepferhaus
Seehotel Toepferhaus has moved beyond the manual quoting process for group meetings. By using an automated meeting configurator directly on the website, clients can now plan their meetings themselves and receive an instant quote.
The Toepferhaus sales team has also improved its meeting sales drastically.

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ITCM Interviews
Jurys Inn is ready for national and global MICE business
Marc Webster
Marc Webster, Head of Sales, explains how his managed group operates under five famous badges
A news announcement states that Jurys Inn Oxford has invested £10.8m in upgrading its facilities with a bigger slice of MICE business in mind.
'Our event at the extended Belfast Waterfront was brilliant'
Bhavnita Patel
ASGBI GM, Bhavnita Patel, was the first to use it for their Congress
With something new, you expect teething troubles. With something that is new and very big, you can expect major teething troubles. However, the client who was the first to use the huge extension to Belfast Waterfront has not a single word to say about problems, because there were none.
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The Belfry rang all the right bells . . .
The Belfry
. . . for Roger St Pierre and Hazel Kempster
It's said that the Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of England. By the same token, some of the most momentous deals in the world of big business have been forged on the greens and fairways of the nation's golf courses.
Blogs
'Experts' may not be so expert, after all, says John Fisher
John Fisher
The rapid rise of venue search suppliers comes as no surprise to observers of the Internet. The voracious need for timely information delivered instantly is the basis for all digital businesses around the world - from comparison websites to GPS app users.
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Four Seasons announces new Operations Leadership
Vince Parrotta
our Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world's leading luxury hospitality company, continues to leverage the depth of experience and talent across its operational team with the promotion of Christian Clerc to President, Worldwide Hotel Operations and Vince Parrotta to President, Hotel Operations - Americas.
Roberts inspired by golf Italian job with JSH Hotels Collection
Guy Roberts
Renowned golf tourism industry figure Guy Roberts is ready to embrace a new challenge after being named as the new golf marketing manager for the JSH Hotels Collection.

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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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