Event Organisers Update November 2018 ISSUE 168

WOMAN BLINDED TO SUE RYDER CUP ORGANISERS A woman golf fan who was blinded by a wayward golf ball whilst watching the Ryder Cup championship is …

DIRTY MONEY NOW REFUSED A British birdwatching exhibition, Birdfair, has cancelled its sponsorship agreement with binocular manufacturer Bushnell over …

CURBING THE DRUNKS Airport bars in the UK, which can sell alcohol round the clock, may soon be subject to the same licensing laws as high street bars, that is, no  …

CHOCOLATE MESS An event promoted as “A massive Willy Wonka inspired dreamland with a mouth-watering array of the finest cocoa money can buy” has …

HOTEL RATINGS Good customer satisfaction ratings were given to Premier Inn (79%) Hilton Garden Inn (77%), Fullers (75%), Marriott Renaissance (73%) in the latest …

TIME TO PULL OUT? The Swiss watch firm Swatch has pulled out of sponsoring next year’s Baselworld watch and jewellery trade fair, reportedly citing the high cost of …

NEW BIG ONE Las Vegas is to be the home of a large new conference and exhibition centre built by Caesar’s Entertainment. Caesar’s Forum will offer the two largest …

HITLER’S HOLLYWOOD Those with an interest in German films and their history will want to own two excellent and thought-provoking documentaries which cover the …

WOMAN BLINDED TO SUE RYDER CUP ORGANISERS

A woman golf fan who was blinded by a wayward golf ball whilst watching the Ryder Cup championship is considering legal action against the organisers.

Corine Remande, 49, was struck in the right eye by a ball mis-hit by US golfer Brooks Koepka, 28 into a crowd of spectators at the sixth tee. The impact fractured her eye socket and caused her eyeball to “explode”, leaving her writhing in agony on the ground.

Remande has blamed organisers PGA European Tour for her injury saying that no-one shouted the normal “FORE” warning as the ball hurtled towards the crowd. Officials for the organisers, and Mr Koepka, say that several warnings were shouted.

DIRTY MONEY NOW REFUSED

A British birdwatching exhibition, Birdfair, has cancelled its sponsorship agreement with binocular manufacturer Bushnell over the manufacturer’s strong support of the American pro-gun lobby, the National Rifle Association (NRA)

Bushnell is owned by Vista Outdoor, the American manufacturer of ammunition and assault rifles and sponsors the NRA as part of its marketing to gun owners.

The cancellation follows a campaign by Ethical Consumer magazine to get organisations to better consider their own ethical values before accepting money from sources with very different ones.

CURBING THE DRUNKS

Airport bars in the UK, which can sell alcohol round the clock, may soon be subject to the same licensing laws as high street bars, that is, no alcohol to be served before 10.00am.

The Home Office are giving consideration to the clamp-down based on the number of passengers who board their flights already drunk, and the dangers to others this presents. Reportedly union Unite has found that 87% of staff from British-based airlines had witnessed drunken passengers at UK airports, or on flights from the UK in August 2017.

Meanwhile Club 18-30 organised its last booze-fuelled break last month and the company is being wound up due to lack of consumer interest in the culture of wet tee shirt competitions and ready sex.

CHOCOLATE MESS

An event promoted as “A massive Willy Wonka inspired dreamland with a mouth-watering array of the finest cocoa money can buy” has been slammed by some visitors who paid £17.25 a ticket as “A complete rip-off”.

The touring Fantastical Chocolate Festival ran at the Passenger Shed venue at Templemeads, Bristol on November 4 and was organised as the second of a planned 40 around the UK by Mega Events of West London, a company that claims to “create events that exceed increasing expectations” However this wasn’t one of them as dozens of visitors complained on the firm’s Facebook page that the event was “appalling”, “embarrassing” and “badly organised” with goodie bags that were “tiny bags of horrible pick n’ mix sweets” and “hideously over-priced”.

Blaming “bad press” but admitting that the Fantastical Chocolate Festival “had not met the varying expectations of some guests” Mega Events founder and CEO Nathan Reed has cancelled all the remaining dates for the Festival.

HOTEL RATINGS

Good customer satisfaction ratings were given to Premier Inn (79%) Hilton Garden Inn (77%), Fullers (75%), Marriott Renaissance (73%) in the latest Which? hotel survey, with Crowne Plaza and Hilton Doubletree also scoring high at 72%.

Not so good were EasyHotel and Thistle with 61% each, Radisson Park Inn with 60%, Old English Inns with 57% and, way behind for the 6th year running, Britannia with just 35%.

NEW BIG ONE

Las Vegas is to be the home of a large new conference and exhibition centre built by Caesar’s Entertainment.

Caesar’s Forum will offer the two largest pillarless ballrooms in the world of 110,000 square feet each (around 11,000 square metres) included in 550,000 square feet (around 55,000 square metres) of space at a cost of $375 million (around £300 million) and is due for completion in 2020.

HITLER’S HOLLYWOOD

Those with an interest in German films and their history will want to own two excellent and thought-provoking documentaries which cover the Weimar Republic years 1918-1933 and the Nazi years 1933-1945 These are respectively Rudiger Suchsland’s 2014 doc From Caligari to Hitler: German Cinema in the Age of the Masses and his Hitler’s Hollywood and both were released as a double pack of dual-format Blu-Ray/DVDs earlier this month by Eureka Entertainment, RRP £12.99 Continue reading

Event Organisers Update October 2018 ISSUE 167

AUDIO VISUAL FIRM BETRAYED Audio visual and event production company Big Purple Productions were defrauded out of more than £200,000 by their trusted office …

NOISE OF KILLING A wealthy aristocrat with links back to Sir Frances Drake faces a noise abatement order over the lucrative organised game bird and clay pigeon …

STAY IN A BIT OF HISTORY Those who like to walk in the footsteps of the famous and infamous have been given a list of hotels in history by the Mail on Sunday …

TOP UK ATTRACTIONS The British Museum has retained its position as the most visited free UK attraction for the 10th consecutive year with 5,906,716 visitors in …

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