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Allianz Park Hosts Asiana Wedding Week-End 2019

Allianz Park Hosts Asiana Wedding Week-End 2019

Allianz Park Hosts Asiana Wedding Week-End 2019

Last week-end saw our versatile event space here at Allianz Park transformed into a bright and colourful scene as we partnered with Asiana to host their largest bridal exhibition to date.

From henna artistry and heritage jewellery to skin treatment specialists and event caterers – an impressive range of suppliers were available under one roof for couples to meet with directly to compare quotes, discover new ideas and be inspired for their special day.

Talented make-up sponsor Joggy Kang along with her team worked their magic backstage to prepare models for the Bridal Fashion Show; the highlight undoubtedly being the stunning Bollywood superstar Bipasha Basu gracing the catwalk for the first time. Continue reading

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Church House Westminster strengthens its expert events team with new appointment

Church House Westminster strengthens its expert events team with new appointment

Church House Westminster strengthens its expert events team with new appointment

Lauren McKenzie has joined Church House as Event Coordinator. The new appointment brings the total number of event coordinators in the Westminster venue’s events office to six, reporting to Vedrana Dancerelle, who heads up Reactive Sales and Event Planning.

Lauren hails from Portsmouth and has previously studied Psychology. She then joined a London-based hotel as an event planner and was quickly promoted to Event Manager. During the two years at the hotel she gained valuable event planning experience arranging corporate events. Lauren replaces Katie Housego, who is leaving Church House to go travelling to Australia for two years. Continue reading

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CHS19 tenth anniversary show breaks box office record

CHS19 tenth anniversary show breaks box office record

CHS19 tenth anniversary show breaks box office record

The signage has come down, boxes packed away and delegates, hosted buyers and exhibitors have made their way home, following a hugely successful and record-breaking Conference & Hospitality Show. Organisers were thrilled with the results and the great feedback they received from satisfied customers who thoroughly enjoyed the tenth-anniversary show at first direct arena on 30th April 2019.

As to be expected on a tenth-anniversary party show, the VIP bar was extremely busy, providing superb brand awareness and positioning for key sponsors, Zest Mixologist. MD, Murdo MacLeod was delighted with the response, he said: “It’s a been a big success and very worthwhile over the last two days. It’s the opportunity to connect with relevant buyers for our product and have them all in the same place and in a really friendly space. London shows certainly have scale, but I find this is really conducive for building sales relationships.

“It’s beyond the expectations we have around how many relevant people we can connect with and what return we can get. Live enquires have exceeded anything we’ve ever had from a show before.

“The biggest response we’ve had today has been to the flair element from our cocktail bar tenders, with everyone cheering and bringing the whole thing to life, and hotel buyers saying it’s the next level for bar-tending, and ‘we need this at our events.’

“It’s been very successful and we’re also proud to be involved at the level that it is for their tenth anniversary. It’s a big show and as the headline sponsor and associated with the VIP environment, it’s been bang on for us.”

The CHS19 tenth-anniversary show was predicted to be a major event, when exhibition space had virtually sold out before Christmas 2018. Pre-registration was up 10% from 2018, footfall increased by 10% YoY with a record-breaking 1350 attendees at the show and 74% conversion rate from pre-registration to show attendance.

Judging by some of the responses so far, 2020 is already shaping up to be a big event too. Theresa Ring, of Visit Scotland, said: “We love CHS, as it is such a strong platform to showcase Scotland as a MICE destination to a large and relevant audience. We caught up with lots of existing clients and made some great new connections too. This was a really good event for us, and we will definitely be back next year with bells on.”

The CHS team promised a major event and they didn’t disappoint. Delegates enjoyed a packed schedule of events including keynote talks from celebrity TV Chef, Simon Rimmer, the PAs, PA, Nicky Christmas and Carol Ann Whitehead, who delivered an excellent session on true diversity in the events industry.

Jacob Scroby, Account Manager, Eventologists, said: “It’s such a good show, well organised and we love working with the CHS team, it’s always very slick and professional. The vast selection of exhibitors and attendees is such a draw and its always one of the first shows to confirm for our calendar”

For a succession of CHS first-timers, it was a great event, and one that is likely to see a return visit. Event Prop Hire sponsored the first direct arena level-one concourse. For Marketing Coordinator, Sophie Calpin, it’s paid off, she said: “It’s been a great show, it felt like the perfect year to be involved, alongside our recent move to our new Wetherby-based head office, a massive milestone for us, we really wanted to exhibit at a Leeds based event to get our brand out there locally.

“CHS19 has been a fabulous opportunity for us to do that. We’ve had fantastic footfall and lots of enquiries whilst we have been here. It has definitely been worthwhile but also lots of fun, there was a really great buzz about the place.”

Richard Smith, director of sales, Wyboston Lakes Resort agrees, he said: “The industry turnout has been positive and we’re gaining great interest in our newly transformed Woodlands Event Centre. It clearly shows that the UK hospitality sector is buoyant and is continuing to go from strength to strength.”

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Historic Lookout Tower Re-Opens After £100,000 Restoration

Historic Lookout Tower Re-Opens After £100,000 Restoration

Historic Lookout Tower Re-Opens After £100,000 Restoration

A century-old lookout tower with stunning views over Cheddar Gorge and the surrounding countryside is to officially re-open at 11am* on Friday, 10th May following a two-year restoration project.

The 14-metre-tall Lookout Tower is to officially be re-opened by Viscount Weymouth, Ceawlin Thynn, chief executive of Longleat Enterprises which owns Cheddar Gorge & Caves.

Views from the top of the tower extend across the Mendip plateau to Glastonbury Tor and as far as Exmoor.

“The Lookout Tower is an iconic part of Cheddar and has a rich and fascinating history dating back more than 100 years,” said Leon Troake, operations manager at Cheddar Gorge & Caves. Continue reading

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Red Bull Racing To Launch New Event Space At Leading Industry Exhibition ‘The Meetings Show’

Red Bull Racing To Launch New Event Space At Leading Industry Exhibition ‘The Meetings Show’

Red Bull Racing To Launch New Event Space At Leading Industry Exhibition ‘The Meetings Show’

7th May 19, UK: Red Bull Racing has today announced a new partnership with leading London exhibition The Meetings Show in a move to promote the Formula One team’s vibrant new event space, MK-7, later this year.

The partnership will see Red Bull Racing introduce its state-of-the-art venue to the London show via a branded entrance reception which will feature one of the Formula One Team’s race-winning cars as a stunning centre piece to the event. Continue reading

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Church House Westminster hosts three charities in London Marathon celebration

Church House Westminster hosts three charities in London Marathon celebration

Church House Westminster hosts three charities in London Marathon celebration

Once again this year Church House Westminster hosted several charities on the day of the London Marathon. On Sunday 28 April 2019 the Westminster venue was transformed in a post-marathon hospitality events hub, filled with supporters from the respective charities cheering the runners as they were arriving to the venue after completing the gruelling marathon. The finish line at Buckingham Palace is conveniently located within walking distance of Church House, making it a quick and easy transfer for tired legs!

The British Heart Foundation hosted 300 guests in the dome-shaped Assembly Hall which was kitted out with its well-known red balloons and BHF merchandise, and with red ambient lighting, reflecting the charity’s branding. Continue reading

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Nottingham Conference Centre shortlisted in three categories for national CHS Awards 2019

Nottingham Conference Centre shortlisted in three categories for national CHS Awards 2019

Nottingham Conference Centre shortlisted in three categories for national CHS Awards 2019

Nottingham Conference Centre, part of Nottingham Trent University is delighted to announce it has been shortlisted in three categories at the prestigious Conference & Hospitality Show (CHS) Awards 2019.

After a panel of over 50 independent judges, consisting of industry professionals, narrowed down hundreds of entries, Nottingham Conference Centre has made the final 10 shortlists in Best Sustainable Venue, Best Auditorium and Best Exhibition Facility categories.

The CHS Awards showcase the very best in the hospitality industry and provide UK venues with a fantastic opportunity to highlight their facilities. Now in its fifth year, the CHS Awards are designed for all types of hotels and venues. Continue reading

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Twickenham Confirms Incentive Agency Partnerships

Twickenham Confirms Incentive Agency Partnerships

Twickenham Confirms Incentive Agency Partnerships

30th April 19, UK: Twickenham Stadium has agreed a series of partnerships, with leading incentive agencies, to bring the stadium to life for companies looking to create unforgettable staff experiences. The announcement follows on from the launch of The Patch last month, and the venue’s enhanced portfolio of summer options.

The agency roster for incentives at Twickenham Stadium consists of Accomplished Events, Wildgoose, Eventwise, GOTO Events, Right Angle Events and Firebird; Continue reading

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Somerset House goes with the glow for Neon showcase

Going with the glow: Somerset House’s Neon event lit up the River Rooms.

Going with the glow: Somerset House’s Neon event lit up the River Rooms.

Over 100 event professionals from the creative industries gathered at Somerset House on Thursday 25th April for a glowing showcase of the venue’s newest space, the River Rooms.

The suite of interlinking open-plan rooms was transformed for the evening into a dramatic and colourful event space for the Neon showcase event, held by the Somerset House Events Team in partnership with leading caterers, Alexander & Björck and production company, Wise Productions.

The 186 square metre River Rooms’ raw aesthetic, complete with original fireplaces and exposed brick archways, provided the perfect backdrop for the event which gave guests a range of different experiences in each of the four rooms. Continue reading

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Why we’ll always need great venues

Why we’ll always need great venues

Why we’ll always need great venues

When they invented the telephone over one hundred years ago, no one said, ‘Now we can talk through the telephone, we can stop meeting face-to-face,’ so why, with the new swathe of digital communication options, are some people are saying face-to-face meetings and events will decline?

It didn’t happen then, and it will not happen now. People need to meet face-to-face to build trusting relationship and all businesses—all industries—rely on strong relationships between people. A business without sales isn’t a business and sales transactions, no matter what size, happen because of trust. Continue reading

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