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As the first step in the HBAA’s 2019 major initiative to encourage action on mental health issues in the event industry, the new HBAA Executive Committee members have been trained to be Mental Health First Aiders.
Hosted buyer registration is now open for the premier event for the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry. The Meetings Show, taking place on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 June at Olympia London, offers a tailored buyer-led programme designed for buyers to maximise their time out of the office and give a new perspective to their event planning process.
UK Conference and Meeting Survey 2019 (UKCAMS) Would you be interested in receiving a free, personalised report benchmarking your own venue’s performance in 2018 against other comparable venues across the UK, and to see the latest trends in the meetings and conference market?
Steph Wilson joins creative communications agency Top Banana as Account Manager. Steph will be based in their Midlands office working on clients in the retail, financial, automotive and nutrition sectors. Joining the business from Corporate Innovations, Steph has 9 years industry experience in the live events and communications arena. Steph started her career after graduating from the University of Plymouth with a first-class honors degree in Events Management, Meeting and Event Planning.
The CMA has secured a victory for UK holidaymakers as some of the biggest online hotel booking sites make formal commitments to change their ways. Expedia,, Agoda,, ebookers and trivago have been the subject of CMA enforcement action due to serious concerns around issues like pressure selling, misleading discount claims, the effect that commission has on how hotels are ordered on sites, and hidden charges.
WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR BEST WESTERN GREAT BRITAIN’S 2019 AWARDS The winners of the Best Western Great Britain national awards have been announced at its Annual Members Conference, supported by Brakes. The awards, now in their 41st year, celebrate the largest collection of independent hotels in Great Britain. Hotels were recognised for their high standards of customer service and community work, with properties of all sizes acknowledged for their performances over the last year. A full list of the results can be found below.

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