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BVEP urges Chancellor to send "Open for Christmas Business" message in Autumn statement
The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP) has again asked the government to increase the tax exemption for annual corporate functions and events, known as the 'Christmas Party Exemption'.
In a letter to the Chancellor, BVEP Chairman Michael Hirst OBE presses the case for increasing the tax exemption available to companies that hold staff parties which has not changed since 2003.

XKX Projects cruise to new heights in the event industry
XKX Projects
XKX Projects, a leading creative design and engineering business based in Bradford, has been commissioned to create a hand crafted 'Rebel Cruiser' as a show stopping visitor experience for Ultra Con 2016.
The team of talented designers and engineers, that specialise in bespoke creative solutions for event organisations, architects, film and television, plus retail ...
H+J wins £6m catering contract for historic Dartmouth House
Dartmouth House

Leading caterer H+J has won a five-year contract at historic Dartmouth House in Mayfair, one of London's most exclusive events venues and home to the English-Speaking Union. The £6m contract was awarded to the recently rebranded H+J following a rigorous tender process in which the events and venues caterer showcased its innovative approach to food and service by presenting ....
Butlin's launch incentive for the MICE market
Butlin's Conference & Events
Butlin's Conference & Events is kicking off the holiday season early this year with a prize draw incentive for those looking to host a conference or event at any of its three resorts in 2017.
From now until the 30th of November, event and conference planners who make a residential enquiry for 2017 at Butlin's Bognor Regis, Skegness or Minehead ....
Global marine science and shipping experts flock to NewcastleGateshead
St James' Park

Marine science and shipping experts from across the globe will be gathering in NewcastleGateshead for the Shipping in Changing Climates Conference. Held at St James' Park from the 10 - 11 November, the conference will contribute an estimated £70,000 to the local economy.
Hinchingbrooke House joins Lime Venue Portfolio
Hinchingbrooke House
Hinchingbrooke House has become the latest venue to join Lime Venue Portfolio. The country house venue becomes the 87th member of the portfolio and offers further choice on the leisure and heritage side of the group. The venue also fulfills the demand for event professionals to have a unique venue option in the Cambridge area.
Purpose built exhibition space and location makes the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre top choice for exhibition organisers
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) has been utilising all of its 11 years of experience and creativity to craft customised event solutions in order to help Exhibition Organisers get more value from their event budgets. In particular, the Centre's Exhibition team has been particularly innovative and flexible in adapting its solutions to the changing environment.
Lympstone Manor to open in spring 2017
Lympstone Manor
Michael Caines launches luxury country house hotel in East Devon
Michael Caines, one of Britain's most celebrated and best known chefs, is set to open the luxury country retreat Lympstone Manor in Devon in spring 2017. Located on the southern edge of Lympstone village, between Exeter and Exmouth, the Grade II listed Georgian mansion is set in 28 acres with unrivalled views overlooking the Exe Estuary.
Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort hosts Turkish Airlines Open Golf Tournament
Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort
It's the second time in one year that this wonderful venue steps into the international limelight, twelve months after hosting the G-20 World Summit.
The Turkish Airlines Open Golf Tournament, in which world renowned golfers such as Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Martin Kaymer and Victor Dubuisson have competed in previous years, ....
The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts makes Singapore debut with The Duxton Club
The Duxton Club
Following an extensive renovation with design direction from internationally acclaimed interior designers Anouska Hempel and Jacques Garcia, The Duxton Club is expected to open in the 'Garden City's' historic Tanjong Pagar district in 2017
The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International, has announced it will debut the brand's first-ever hotel in Singapore in early 2017.
The Wellesley salutes Sir Winston Churchill with victorious afternoon tea in his honour
Sir Winston Churchill afternoon tea
This autumn, Knightsbridge hotel The Wellesley, is celebrating a truly Great British leader, Sir Winston Churchill, by creating a limited edition afternoon tea. The tea includes hand crafted tiramisu bowler hats, chocolate cigars, and a bespoke tea blend, in a nod to the late British Prime Minister. With a huge portrait overlooking the hotel's Cigar Lounge, and a suite in The Penthouse named after him, Winston Churchill has a strong presence in the hotel
London City named best regional airport in the world
London City Airport has been named the best airport of its kind in the world, picking up the Regional Airport of the Year award at the CAPA World Aviation Summit in Amsterdam last week [27 October].
Organisers said the award was given to the regional airport that has been the biggest standout strategically, has established itself as a leader and done the most to advance the progress of the aviation industry. The category covered airports catering for up to 10 million passengers per year.
Finnair and Vietnam Airlines announce new codeshare agreement
Finnair and Vietnam Airlines are launching a new codeshare cooperation today that will offer a wider choice of destinations and flight frequencies for customers in both Europe and Vietnam.
With this new agreement, Finnair's flight numbers will be added to Vietnam Airlines flights which operate out of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City connecting with Finnair's flights to Helsinki from Bangkok and Singapore.
Qatar Airways commences scheduled Airbus A350 service to London Heathrow
Airline now offers the best of fleet across its six daily direct flights between London Heathrow and Doha's Hamad International Airport
Qatar Airways' first daily regularly-scheduled Airbus A350 service to London Heathrow arrived in the United Kingdom on Sunday 30 October, as the airline introduced the state-of-the-art aircraft on the route, complementing the existing 'best of fleet' on its six daily flights from Hamad International Airport.

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FAM trip report
A week's incentive - in three days
Fast lap cars at Spa
Michelle Chenery visits Liege and Spa in Wallonia
I still find it hard to believe the range of activities, cuisine and hospitality that we enjoyed in so short a time. As guests of the Brussels-Wallonia section of the Belgian Tourist Office and their associates, ....
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Rhinefield House, Jewel of the New Forest
Rhinefield House
Roger St Pierre takes to the woods
Set deep in the heart of Hampshire’s glorious New Forest, majestic Rhinefield House has the appearance of a classic Jacobean stately home.
How to grow a business
Emma Cartmell
Emma Cartmell, CEO, CHS Group
Many of us in this sector are business owners and I'm pretty sure that I've read that we have far more entrepreneurs than most industries. But whilst starting a business is hard, growing a business is, in my opinion far harder, ....
Thailand in mourning
Sydney Paulden
Corporate groups are still welcome
Thailand has long been a favoured corporate destination, especially for incentives. The death of His Majesty King Bhumipol Adulyadej, though after a long illness, has shocked the nation.
Has AI now reared its head in the events industry?
Simon Clayton
Simon Clayton is not convinced
Artificial intelligence (AI) has been the stuff of sci-fi for decades and is now finally making some interesting leaps into the consumer world.
Latest Appointments
Coco Collection appoints Group General Manager and Head of Sales and Marketing
Antony Paton
Coco Collection, the iconic Maldivian luxury hospitality brand, is pleased to announce the appointment of Antony Paton as the Group General Manager and Andrew Ashmore as the Head of Sales and Marketing.
Rachel Williams joins CentrEd at ExCeL
Rachel Williams
ExCeL London has appointed Rachel Williams as Business Development Manager for CentrEd at ExCeL, the venue's onsite meetings and training facility
Searcys appoints Matt Thomas as managing director
Matt Thomas
Searcys has announced the appointment of Matt Thomas as their new managing director. Matt will start with the brand from the 1st of November and will oversee a handover period from the out-going managing director, Chris Maddison.
Leeu Collection appoints dynamic new CEO
Carrie Wicks
Carrie Wicks has been appointed CEO of Leeu Collection, effective immediately. Carrie was previously Operations Director at Firmdale Hotels, in the United Kingdom, where she worked for 19 years and was responsible for Firmdale's growth operationally.

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Roger St Pierre is almost lost for words
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French golf venue in easy reach

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 Barceló Sants hotel

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Briony Key goes where no ITCM reporter has gone before
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Destination reports

Cloth Hall Court

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Roger St Pierre reviews how much this great city has to offer
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Michelle Chenery reports on the city’s multi-faceted MICE facilities
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Seoul should be on your shortlist

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You might be forgiven for knowing very little about Gothenburg.
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A new view of Jamaica

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