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Imago launches research focused on business leaders of tomorrow
Research launched by Loughborough University and Imago clearly shows that event organisers need to have a stronger focus on style of learning preferred by millennials and the business leaders of the future.
The research was conducted in conjunction with Loughborough University and The Right Solution and measures whether the meetings industry is doing enough to inspire the business leaders of tomorrow. It follows on from last year's successful report; Does the future have room for face-to-face communication.

Best Parties Ever and Together LDN determine that the office Christmas party is key to employee happiness
Best Parties Ever

Best Parties Ever, in conjunction with Together LDN, has released some eye-opening facts detailing why the office Christmas party is more than just a well-earned opportunity to let your hair down.
Recent statistics found that happy employees are 10 times less likely to take time off sick than those suffering from severe bouts of stress and anxiety.
ACTE launches inaugural educational conference in Warsaw
The Association of Corporate Travel Executives convened their inaugural educational conference at the Warsaw Marriott Hotel, on 7 December 2016. The half-day event focused on a travel trend overview, travel issues indigenous to Poland, behavioral change through innovative travel policies, and an analysis of travel technology. The event concluded with a panel discussion based on questions submitted by participants.
Hand Picked Hotels launches inspirational new Meetings packages
A Great Chamber built for Henry VIII and a Moorish gem modelled on the Alhambra Palace are among the inspirational settings for the exciting new Meetings and Conferences packages at Hand Picked Hotels, the award-winning collection of country house hotels across the UK and Channel Islands.
Minor Hotels to debut its luxury Anantara Brand in Saudi Arabia
Minor Hotels (MH), a hotel owner, operator and investor, currently with a portfolio of 155 hotels and resorts in 23 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, South America, Africa and the Indian Ocean, has announced the debut of its luxury Anantara brand in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Ambassador programme gains conference for Leeds
Leeds town hall
Medical AGM to be hosted in January
Once again ConferenceLeeds has shown how effective it is to create specialist teams to bid for events. Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (LTHT) and the University of Leeds acted as conference ambassadors to secure The Assessment of SpondyloArthritis International Society (ASAS) AGM.
Blenheim Palace extends Orangery's midweek availability
Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace is pleased to announce that its iconic Orangery venue will be available for corporate and banqueting hire mid-week. From 3rd January - 8th April 2017 the space opens up to business bookings.
Already available for hire during the evenings, the Orangery, which is catered by luxury suppliers Searcys, makes an ideal space for corporate events, product launches, banquet-style lunches and celebrations.
Canada to host 2017 World Youth and Student Travel Conference
Montréal, Quebec is set to play host to the 26th edition of the World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC), taking place 26 - 29 September 2017.
Award-winning cuisine, chic shopping, a dynamic arts scene, and a great nightlife make Montréal one of the most sought after destinations in Canada for large meetings and events.
Conference and event leaders come together in London
Global Conference Network
Organisations from across the conference and events sector gathered at the 6th Annual Conference Summit
The Global Conference Network (GCN) hosted the Conference Summit on Friday 9th at 99 City Road, London. Attended by 150 conference and event industry leaders and suppliers, the annual Conference Summit is renowned for addressing the critical issues facing the industry.
Poken launches first 'smart event' white paper for next generation tradeshows at Expo! Expo! 2016
Leading 360 degree event platform specialist Poken has today unveiled a new white paper focusing on the next generation of tradeshows at the Expo! Expo! event in Anaheim, California. Themed around the concept of the 'smart event: A New Value Proposition for Tradeshows', the white paper looks at current tradeshow visitor and exhibitor behaviour in the digital age and explores missed opportunities for added value experience from both sides.
Cathay Pacific to boost UK connectivity with additional flights to Gatwick and Manchester
More choice and flexibility with up to six services a day between Hong Kong and London in 2017; Manchester to receive the Airbus A350 from June
On the back of strengthening demand for flights connecting Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, Cathay Pacific has announced that its current four-times-weekly service to Gatwick will become a daily operation from June 2017.
Qantas set to fly non-stop London to Perth, Australia 2016
Shortest and fastest version of the Kangaroo Route in its 70-year history
Qantas is set to add to its list of aviation firsts, with the national carrier confirming it will operate non-stop flights from London to Perth using the 787-9 Dreamliner.
The 14,498-kilometre service will be the first regular passenger service to directly link Europe to Australia when it begins in March 2018.

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Unspoilt natural beauty with modern comforts
Kerstin Gibert
'Robinson Clubs meet all criteria and within budget', says Kerstin Gibert
Robinson Crusoe was marooned in beautiful surroundings, with a great climate. It would be wonderful to share that same experience, except that he lacked modern comforts and facilities.
ITCM Visits
Great cuisine, exciting activity and team-building at Northcote
Michelle Chenery dines, drives and goes shooting in Lancashire
Organisers interested in a short incentive packed with exciting and enjoyable activities, competitive tests and superb food in beautiful surroundings should put Northcote on their 'must-see' list.
No, you don't have Big Data!
Simon Clayton
And don't look for meaning in meaningless data, advises Simon Clayton
Big Data: it's a great term, but it's being bandied about our industry like sweets at a kids' party. It's everywhere at the moment. I've been to several conferences and I read the industry press and you can't move for references to it.
Latest Appointments
Wellcome Collection announces new head chef
Chris Arkadieff
Wellcome Collection Event Spaces has appointed Chris Arkadieff as its new head chef as part of the Restaurants Associates at Wellcome Trust.
beTravelwise promotes LGBT business travel safety with key executive appointment
Jeremy Wilkes
Jeremy Wilkes joins the team as LGBT Travel Advisor
Travel safety specialist beTravelwise has appointed a new LGBT travel advisor and developed an enhanced corporate travel safety programme designed to help mitigate the dangers facing LGBT travellers.
Dorsett Hospitality International announces first management positions for Dorsett City, London
Dorsett Hospitality
Dorsett Hospitality International has announced that the first management positions for Dorsett City in Aldgate have been put in place ahead of this exciting London hotel launch in April 2017.  

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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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Michelle Chenery visits Liege and Spa in Wallonia
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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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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


The Seychelles - an unrivalled MICE destination

Mika Lara savours a visit to the Indian Ocean’s pristine paradise
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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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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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