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The Meetings Show will host more than 650 meetings industry exhibitors from around the world from 14-16 June, 2016, making it the largest show of its type in the UK.  For many of the exhibitors The Meetings Show is their only face to face marketing platform in the UK, making it a unique opportunity for buyers to gather, learn and source new suppliers for events including conferences, meetings and incentives.

From Austria to Australia, London to Las Vegas and Sweden to South Africa, there are more exhibitors at The Meetings Show than ever before.  Plus, with more than 60 exhibiting for the first time, there is something new for everyone to see when they arrive at Olympia.

“This is without doubt our biggest and most exciting show to date,” comments Event Director, Steve Knight.  “Exhibitors from across the UK and around the world have made The Meetings Show their number one choice of exhibition in the UK and I am particularly pleased to see so many hotel groups taking part this year.  Our exhibitors recognise that the hosted buyer programme delivers the best value and this year’s show is ideally placed to demonstrate that fact once again.”

New Exhibitors for 2016 include:

  • UK and international destinations such as: Argentina National Institute of Tourism Promotion, Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, Croatian National Tourist Board, Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Greek National Tourism Organisation, Hamburg Convention Bureau, Hampshire Conference Bureau, Hong Kong Tourism Board, Sheffield, Singapore Tourism Board, South African National Convention Bureau, Southport Conferences and Tourism Australia.
  • Hotels and hotel chains including: Arcotel Hotels, Arora Group of Hotels, Dorint Hotels, Exclusive Hotels & Venues, Grand Hotel Plaza Rome, Grand Resort Lagonissi, Hallmark Hotels, Hotel Cascais Miragem, Hotel Football, Hotel Republic, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Intercontinental Hotels Group - Portugal, Jurys Inn, Kempinski Hotels, Marriott Hotels, Melia Hotels International, Millennium and Copthorne Hotels, Morgans Hotel Group, NAU Hotels, Oatlands Park Hotel, Real Hotels Group and Warwick Hotels.
  • Venues from around the world: 99 City Road Conference Centre, CEME Conference Centre, Heythrop Park, ITA Venues, Lee Valley VeloPark, Leicester Racecourse, Manchester Conference Centre & Pendulum Hotel, Mercedes-Benz World, MSE Meeting and Training Centre, National Conference Centre, Portugal United, Prague Congress Centre, Searcys Collection of Venues, Tempodrom Berlin, The Crystal, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Venue Cymru and Wyboston Lakes
  • A range of DMCs, representation companies and technology experts: Azimuth Represents, B-Com Event Technologies, Cititravel DMC, Dataflow Events, DMC Advantage, Euromic, Eventbrite, fielddrive, GTAssociates, Guidebook, HireTablets, Konduko SA, Mars Drinks, Nimlok - Conference Expo and Royal Caribbean International

They join returning exhibitors who have increased their stand size such as: AccorHotels Global Sales, Atout France - French Convention Bureau, Austria National Tourist Office, Balearic Islands, Barbican, Barcelo Hotels and Resorts, Barcelona Convention Bureau, Business Events Denmark, Carlson Rezidor, Conventions Malta, Destination Bristol, Dubai Business Events, etouches, Hilton Worldwide, imago, Korea MICE Bureau, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, London & Partners, Manchester Central, MM and Company, Morocco, Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions, Ritz Carlton Hotels, SANA HOTELS, Shocklogic,, Slovak Convention Bureau, South Bank Venues & Bankside Venues, Steigenberger Hotel Group, The Westminster Collection, Visit Belfast, VisitScotland, VisitYork4Meetings and Wedgewood DMC Group.

Knight concludes: “As the UK’s premier show dedicated to meetings, conferences and incentives, The Meetings Show offers unmissable opportunities and we look forward to welcoming a wide variety of event buyers including associations, corporates, agencies, NGOs and charities.”

Organised by Centaur Live (a division of Centaur Media Plc), The Meetings Show is the premier event for the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry, taking place 14-16 June 2016 at Olympia, London. Organised by meeting professionals for meeting professionals it is focused around a large exhibition, networking opportunities and professional education.

Radcliffe, one of Warwick Conferences award winning training and conference centres, will celebrate its 30th anniversary in November this year as it announces plans for a major refurbishment in 2017.

Situated on the University of Warwick campus on the Coventry/Warwickshire border, Radcliffe was officially opened by the Rt. Hon Lord Scarman in 1986. The training and conference venue has hosted a range of diverse events in the last 30 years, including the Labour Party Conference and FA Coaching Courses and has welcomed well-known faces such as Germaine Greer, Gordon Brown, Jason Manford, Paul Gascoigne and Sven Goran Eriksson.  

Three current staff members – Julian Obremski (Night Porter), Steve Dorrington (Reception) and Ellen Irvine (Kitchen) – have worked at the venue for the last 30 years and have witnessed significant changes which have enhanced the facilities at Radcliffe, many of which are a direct response to client feedback. These include a refurbishment of the 154 bedrooms as part of a £1 million investment, additional lecture rooms and syndicate rooms, and a refurbishment of the dining room, which provides dining for up to 220 guests.

The upcoming refurbishment at Radcliffe, which is set to commence in 2017, is part of Warwick Conferences ongoing commitment to enhancing its facilities and improving the events solutions on offer for clients. Plans are currently being finalised, but work will include a full electrical rewire, a new heating system, refurbishment of the bedroom bathrooms, public bathrooms and meeting and syndicate rooms, new external windows and a lounge refurbishment.

Rachael Bartlett, head of sales and marketing at Warwick Conferences, says: “It is fantastic to be celebrating Radcliffe’s 30th anniversary this year. Radcliffe has been the venue of choice for many companies over the years hosting a range of meetings, training sessions and events.

“We’re dedicated to continuously improving the event facilities and solutions we offer our clients and the investment in Radcliffe plays an important role in our ongoing commitment to enhance our facilities. The next few years are set to be very busy and exciting as we look ahead to this extensive refurbishment at Radcliffe, as well as the opening of our new £5.3m blank canvas venue in autumn this year.”

Eynsham Hall, has recently completed a major £2.5 million refurbishment which includes the renovation of the main lounge and a range of main hall and lodge bedrooms, as well as the launch of a new brasserie restaurant. The Brasserie offers seasonal British food, with options from burgers and chips to scallops, rabbit and pork belly. As many products as possible are sourced from local farms and suppliers, including nearby Kelsmcott Farm and cheeses and chutneys from local artisan producers. The refurbishment has been overseen by Project Orange, and its 46 bedrooms have been designed with unique style and finishing touches - from the nod to the police training college history, William Morris prints and eclectic mix of art.

The Langham, London is pleased to announce the next phase of its evolution with the addition of several new Suites and Residences slated to launch in time for summer 2016. The new rooms, located in the main building facing Portland Place, with views of the iconic BBC and All Souls Church buildings, will further elevate the hotel’s position in the luxury hotel market.

The project, spearheaded by designers Richmond International - the team behind the additions of the exclusive Regent Wing, Langham Club Lounge and London’s most expensive six-bedroom Sterling Suite during the hotel’s 150th anniversary year in 2015 – will see the addition of 115 new guestrooms, including 25 Suites. One third of the overall hotel inventory will be reconfigured to provide a more refined and residential style with the creation of 7 Portland Suites and several Residences fitted with designer kitchens.     

As commented by Managing Director, Bob van den Oord: ‘The Langham, London has been adapting its luxury offering in recent years to cater to a more esteemed and discerning clientele. These guests are looking for a more personalised stay, with bespoke service, and this refined accommodation component, together with our Butler service and Private Kitchen menu in partnership with Chez Roux, will ensure that these needs are met’. 

Key design features will include panelling providing a historical sense of proportion, painted in soft natural shades to create a neutral back-drop, and an elegant and subtle colour scheme throughout. Additional elements will include lighting by leading designers Chelsom, key furniture pieces by Stella Works and soft furnishings by Bowden Tollit & Associates. Rooms will also feature selected artwork reflecting an eclectic mix by international artists.    

All Suites and Residences will be attended by an extensive team of Butlers assisting with guests’ personal requests, from unpacking suitcases and colour-coding clothes in wardrobes, to personalising pillows and room temperature, and organising bespoke itineraries. All Suite and Residence guests may access The Langham Club Lounge, London’s largest Club Lounge offering.  

Lime Venue Portfolio will launch its new brand identity, website and marketing collateral at The Meetings Show (14th – 16th June) next month. The launch follows months of research and focus groups with event planners to keep the brand fresh and recognizable amongst customers to the venue portfolio.

Lime Venue Portfolio was launched in 2008 and has become a prominent events brand and a strong advocate of the value of unusual venues in expanding the industry. The new brand slogan ‘Unusual Venues, Unique Experiences’ underlines its appeal to event organisers looking to create experiences within the portfolio of venues, and is presented in a more contemporary way.

“The new logo ensures that Lime Venue Portfolio continues to engage the event organising community and represents both the value and service quality of the business. Our customers want to create the most memorable event experiences they can, and do so by choosing spectacular venues with restaurant quality food,” commented Richard Kadri-Langford, Head of Marketing, Lime Venue Portfolio.

“We’re a people led brand; the value we offer our customers is that we provide a portfolio of venues, connected by food, and that represent a common standard of performance,” continued Richard. “Our aim is to use our refreshed identity to help explain the value of what we do for the industry and to continue in our mission to represent and promote the very best meetings and events.”

The new identity will be most visible in the group’s new website which will also be launched in June. The site will allow event professionals to access all the information they need about the venues they are interested in, and is built to be accessible across multiple devices. For event organisers it means easier access to information, and quicker enquiry handling with the option to contact venues directly through the site, or to get help from the group’s central sales team, particularly when dealing with multiple venues or complex event requirements.

“Obviously more and more organisers are using online search to identify venues that fit their needs. Our research identified that great imagery, clear capacity charts, detailed location & travel information, and the ability to download brochures and floor plans are really important for organisers,” said Richard.

The site also recognises the need to be full of great content with venue offers and promotions, articles about best practice, case studies and practical advice, to provide a truly useful resource for buyers looking to get the very best out of unique venues.

“We’ve invested heavily in our website as it’s the first port of call for event organisers looking for unusual venues. We get a lot of traffic on the site and we want to make it the best it can be in terms of customer service quality, speed of enquiry handling and content rich information,” concludes Richard. “On the outside we’re launching a nice new logo to take the company forward, but we hope our event organising customers will see the benefit of the work we’ve done to make their lives easier.”

Warwickshire based resort, Ardencote launches the newly built 18 hole golf course with their first corporate golf day, the course completes the Ardencote portfolio in becoming the perfect destination for male and female golfers and Corporate Companies.

On Friday 13th May, Ardencote, hosted their first corporate golf day, with thanks to sponsors: Rybrook Warwick BMW, Greene King, Freax Adventures, Clements & Church & Charity Partner Northleigh House School  alongside the launch of their newly built 18 hole golf course. The 5,045 yard, par 67 18 hole course has been designed to USGA standards and the manicured condition of the course enables a 4 Ball to play 18 holes in 3.5 hours.

Tim Crocker from National Farmers Union, who competed in the corporate golf day stated:

“The course at Ardencote is competitive but compact and swift to get around, it makes a perfect option for a relaxed game of golf after work or with friends. In relation to a corporate golf day I feel it works well, with the course being more compact than others and easy to navigate around, the whole day isn’t taken up by the golf and allows more time to spend meeting the other team members over drinks before and after the tournament”.

The winning team of the four ball competition was Calor Gas and Volvo Truck & Bus, competitions were also ran for second place, longest drive and nearest the pin. On the 12th hole all competitors had the opportunity to sink a hole in one in order to win a brand new BMW, donated from Rybrook Warwick BMW, additional competitions included a raffle in aid of Northleigh House School.

The corporate golf day packages start from only £32.50 a person and include tea/coffee and bacon sandwiches on arrival, 18 holes of golf, two course lunch in the Restaurant and the opportunity for the ‘nearest pin’ and ‘longest drive’ competition, bespoke packages can be created by the Events team and the course can accommodate up to 72 golfers on a shotgun start.

The new 18 hole golf course at Ardencote is open in perfect time for the summer season and aims to welcome both male and female golfers of all handicaps. The course is picturesque, easy to navigate round and a joy to play. Ardencote now offers the full package from spa treatments, hotel overnight stay packages, golf & spa packages, a divine leisure club, a variety of restaurants, Ardencote have created something for everybody. It really has become the destination for after work down-time and weekend activities.

Dale Huckerby, the Managing Director of Ardencote, said:

“When the piece of land next to Ardencote became available I saw it as a great opportunity to enhance the 9 hole golf course into an 18 hole golf course. I knew the opportunity would open the doors to new customers, new relationships and overall complete the offering Ardencote has for its customers. When designing the course I wanted to make sure that it could be completed in 3.5 hours or less, making it suitable for all handicaps, ages and genders, I believe we have achieved this”.

Ardencote is now open to the public and available for corporate, individual bookings and golf memberships, to book and keep up to date with Ardencote special offers visit:

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) returned to 1 Wimpole Street for their fifth consecutive year, this May they held a two-day annual scientific conference in the 300-seat Guy Whittle Auditorium.   

MSF is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation delivering emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare.  Programmes are being run currently in over 70 countries where thousands of health professionals, logistical and administrative staff work.

Presentations were received from MSF staff running projects across the world and healthcare professionals from other organisations sharing their expertise and knowledge.

1 Wimpole Street used their live streaming service to help MSF make the discussions and presentations available to a wider global audience.  In addition to the content being steamed live, it was also recorded therefore extending the life of the event and allowing content to be replayed on-demand at any date, time or location; a particularly useful tool for remote MSF medical teams allowing them to play the recorded content at any time fitting in with their busy schedules and suited to their particular time zone.  This recorded content is also a useful learning resource, a powerful marketing tool for promoting future events and aids the growth of an archive of historical data.  

1 Wimpole Street facilitated in displaying and monitoring social media feeds, which played a pivotal role in creating engaging content, lively discussion and receiving valuable feedback before, during and after the conference.  The hashtag, #MSFsci was used which trended number 2.   A member of the MSF staff monitored the twitter feed during the conference and was able to act as an intermediary and feed questions and comments to and from the presenters and delegates. 

Delegate feedback and responses have proved the event was a huge success with all areas of event technology, event services and catering running smoothly throughout, this was down to the effective relationship between the MSF event organisers, 1 Wimpole Street’s events team and the in-house AV team.  

A leading London visitor attraction has cruised its way up a top popularity poll.

Thames restaurant cruise company, Bateaux London, at Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment, has once again been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016, after receiving consistently outstanding reviews on the travel website.

And the cruises it runs on its two vessels; Harmony and Symphony, have propelled it to 88th position in a list of 1370 things to do in London – a rise of six per cent on last year’s placing – and its rating has risen to 4.5 stars.

Throughout the year, Harmony – which has the largest open viewing deck on the Thames - and glass-sided Symphony, treat leisure and corporate guests to lunch, dinner and afternoon tea cruises, with on board catering from Bateaux London’s team of chefs.

Among the comments made by customers were: “We had a wonderful time, the staff were so welcoming and really looked after us and the food was excellent.”

Another visitor posted: “what an amazing way to spend our first anniversary!” while Ian Bullivant, from Grimsby, said: “If you are going to visit London, please, please, put Bateaux on the top of your must list. I guarantee you will not regret it. On behalf of my wife and I, many, many, thanks Bateaux cruises.”

On Sundays, those on-board can enjoy lunch along with live entertainment from an easy-listening jazz band, with one passenger commenting, “We had a wonderful time, the staff were so welcoming and really looked after us, the food was excellent and the jazz band was the icing on the cake.”

The various cruises provide a range of entertainment, from on-board sightseeing commentaries to live music and the chance to enjoy unrivalled views of sights such as The Cutty Sark, the New Globe Theatre, The Shard and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Gareth Brown, marketing manager for Bateaux London, said: “We like to think our cruises are a little bit special as they not only offer unrivalled views of some of the city’s most famous landmarks, but also great food, cooked freshly on board and live entertainment from professional singers and musicians, many of whom perform regularly at the West End.

“But it’s what our passengers think that matters – and we are touched and very grateful that so many of them have taken the trouble to post such great reviews on TripAdvisor.”

The HBAA is expecting over 300 membership representatives to attend its Annual Forum, on 7 and 8 July, at the newly refurbished Jurys Hinckley Island in Leicestershire.
The registration is now open for venues, serviced apartment providers and agency members to sign up for two days of interactive and educational content. The forum has been designed to share trends, best practice and the buyer’s view on issues impacting the industry.

Chris Elmett from Crystal Interactive, will take members on an enlightening journey through the evolution of meeting technology and the risks and opportunities it brings members. The session will be supported by findings from an HBAA, Loughborough University and Imago research project into the importance of Millennials in the hospitality industry.

Experts will examine the importance of hotel ownership in bedroom and brand choice in ‘Whose bed are you sleeping in?’ and, the association plans to update members on its research and benchmarking project into small meetings transactions.

Sticking to the HBAA’s 2016 Back2Basics theme, the event will re-ignite the Tour Operators' Margin Scheme (TOMS) but with a twist, thanks to the help of the HBAA’s serviced apartment members.

Carolyn Pearson, CEO, Maiden Voyage will be leading a discussion on safety in conjunction with the Met Police; Pearson said “51 per cent of female business travellers have reportedly felt vulnerable at some point while staying in hotels. There’s a huge potential to change the hearts and minds of this industry to satisfy the needs of the fastest growing segment of travellers.”

Leigh Cowlishaw, HBAA chair and director of supplier partnerships at Capita Travel and Events said: “We listen to our members’ aspirations and challenges so that we can build events around their needs. This year’s event underpins that business guidance between parties and the HBAA’s industry association USP - governed by our Code of Practice.”

Juliet Price, executive director, HBAA added: “Every year the HBAA strives to deliver a bigger and better Annual Forum and 2016 is no exception – it’ll be the best yet!  We have consulted with members to ensure that the content we deliver inspires and equips them with the knowledge to encourage professional development and business growth. We look forward to providing another great opportunity for attendees to make the most of their membership.”

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