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15 Jan

New Principal London hotel set to launch

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The latest addition to the Principal hotel collection will open in London in early 2018. The unveiling of the 334-room Principal London will transform the former Hotel Russell, a Grade II* listed building which occupies the eastern flank of Russell Square in Bloomsbury.

The hotel is steeped in history, the Frederick Hotels Company having first opened its doors in 1898. Lavishly appointed and boasting a striking terracotta exterior – with four British Queens guarding the entrance – it was always intended to be a home to glamour and indulgence. Inside The Principal London, striking, contemporary interior designs by Tara Bernerd & Partners and Russell Sage Studio pay homage to the building’s illustrious history whilst providing stylish form and function for the modern traveller.

The Principal London has an healthy meetings and events offer, with a magnificent Grade II listed ballroom and eight additional spaces, catering for groups of up to 450. The company’s new Smart Space initiative will ensure that guests receive a highly responsive, personalised meetings and events service with nine service features covering everything from a live availability booking service to truly tech-savvy support, with up to 1GB Wi-Fi.

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30 Dec

The Royal Horticultural Halls caterers for 2018.

The London-based venue, which provides the setting for wide-ranging events including fashion shows and prestigious weddings to art exhibitions, car launches and big-brand conferences, has selected nine caterers to enhance its catering offering. The list includes Bubble Food, Create Food, Eden Catering, Food By Dish, Food Show, Moving Venue, The Recipe and Sands Catering.

Food Story will also offer kosher options.

Venue sales manager, Lorraine Thorne, explained the decisions: “With event requirements ranging from conference catering to high end luxury dinners and weddings, we are certain this list has something suitable for each and every event.

“The standard of competing caterers was extremely high and the selection process was no mean feat. With over 30 applications to become a catering partner at the hall, we have managed to get our list down to nine amazing caterers that can cater for anything from conference buffet to immersive dining experiences.”

Andrew Gosling, founder and managing director, Food Show, added: “Food Show is delighted to be awarded a place on the preferred suppliers list at Royal Horticultural Halls, having catered several large receptions at the venue over the past six years, most notably the launch of Dom Perignon P2. We very much look forward to working with the venue’s fantastic team on many more events in the future within the historic and versatile space that acts a great blank canvas for our clients.”

Michael Collins, managing director, Bubble, says: “We have worked with the team on a number of incredible events over the years, from high profile launches such as Renault Formula 1’s racing car reveal and Maserati’s SUV Levante, through to thought-provoking immersive performance dinners and, most recently, inspirational CSR events such as the Social Enterprise Awards. We look forward to many more spectacular events in this stunning and versatile venue.”

Chloe Martin, sales and marketing director, Moving Venue, says: “With total versatility, and offering period features alongside modern facilities, we like to think we share many qualities with this wonderful location. Moving Venue is thrilled to add this iconic space to our portfolio and with the ever-increasing need for blank canvas venues, we can’t wait to provide our services to clients at this stunning site.”

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25 Dec

10 factors to consider when selecting a conference or meeting venue

A leading American provider of conference space recently launched a Meeting Planner Forum and brought together a small group of well-known and highly respected meeting planners to discuss topics of mutual interest. Our inaugural session asked the forum participants to think about the various elements that were most important to them when selecting a location for their next meeting or conference.

We’ve compiled the results into the top 10 most important factors meeting and event planners consider when selecting a meeting location (in descending order of importance):

1) Location & Accessibility (Score: 32)
The old adage “Location, location, location!” still holds true. If the location is not convenient (near public transportation or where participants work), participation and attendance will be low.

2) Meeting Room Capacity (Score: 28)
When selecting a venue or space for your next event, size does matter. The Meeting Planner Forum revealed that the sweet spot was a venue with a capacity of 100-125 meeting participants.

3) Flow and Layout of Space (Score: 12)
How are the sightlines? Is there enough space for social interaction and networking? Is it easy to find your way around and not get caught in dead-ends and corridors that lead nowhere? These are just a few of the things our meeting planners check for. New York meeting planners, in particular, are seeking out bigger meeting spaces (an attendance list of 1,000 or more is no longer uncommon).

4) Quality and Capability of AV Equipment (Score: 12)
Michael Bay. Samsung. CES. Need we say more? When a CEO or major speaker is giving their talk, the last thing you want to happen is a teleprompter, microphone, or general tech failure. Meeting planners want state of the art equipment that’s easy to use and reliable.

5) Room Flexibility (Score: 11)
Meeting rooms need to be able to flex into various configurations. This is especially true as more and more meetings now have breakout sessions.

6) Decor (Score: 7)
Times change and so does taste. With 3-4 generations often attending the same meeting, planners feel the need to take multiple taste factors into account. But what all meeting planners can stand behind is the need for a space that is clean and adequately furnished.

 

7) Intelligent Staff, from Sales to Service (Score: 7)
A meeting planner’s biggest pet peeve is dealing with non-responsive, “spaced out” staff. Competent, emotionally intelligent sales and service staff are always decision-swaying factors for event planners.

8) Price Flexibility (Score: 5)
This was a big surprise to us as we thought having an all-inclusive package pricing would be preferable for meeting planners. Some planners expressed a desire to be able to negotiate the fees in order to show their superiors that they were able to lower costs.

9) Quality of Food (Score: 2)
For today’s foodie generation, high-quality food with healthy and hearty options is now de rigueur at conferences and corporate meetings across the nation. Planners also want meeting locations that can accommodate last minute menu requests and increased attendance.

10) Participant Experience (Score: 2)
Will our guests be satisfied and will they attend another meeting? These are key questions meeting planners should be asking. Although we would have liked to see this factor score higher, we were relieved to hear that planners were still concerned with guest and participant experience.

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25 Dec

The Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) has won the award for ‘World’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre’ at the 24th annual World Travel Awards.

The Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) has won the award for ‘World’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre’ at the 24th annual World Travel Awards.

The announcement was made at the World Gala Ceremony in Phu Quoc, Vietnam on Sunday evening. This is the first time an Irish venue has won the coveted title and the venue beat off tough international competition from fourteen venues around the world including previous winners Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre – ADNEC, Berlin ExpoCenter City, Dubai World Trade Centre, ExCeL London, Qatar National Convention Centre, and Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre

Speaking about the achievement, Stephen Meehan, CEO of The CCD said: “We are delighted to win this award. It means the world to us and we would like to thank everyone who voted for us. This achievement reflects the talent, energy and passion of the entire team, who are committed to delivering exceptional customer service and excellence in event delivery. It’s inspiring to see the outstanding quality of international venues, destinations and organisations represented at these awards and we are very proud to be the first Irish venue to take this title home.”

Dermod Dwyer, executive chairman of The CCD added: “We have set out our Vision 2025 and defined our purpose as ‘setting the stage to welcome the world to Ireland’. This award reinforces for us that we have the privilege of playing a key role in attracting business tourism to the country. What makes it even more special is that this award is voted for by professionals and consumers in the travel and tourism industry and it is an honour to be recognised through a large and global vote.”

The World Travel Awards are voted for by travel and tourism professionals and business and leisure travel consumers worldwide and this accolade recognises the commitment to excellence that The CCD has demonstrated in the last twelve months.

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