Event Organisers Update February-March 2018 ISSUE 161

EVENT SLEAZE An undercover investigation by the Financial Times at a President’s Club fundraising dinner in January at the Dorchester Hotel, London, led to …

WHAT PRICE SOCIAL MEDIA? A very public row has been running since a blogger on social media asked the owner of a Dublin hotel for a free five-night stay for herself … 

WOMEN ONLY Britain’s first women only members club is set to open its doors in a townhouse at Rathbone Place, Bloomsbury, London on March 8, where facilities …

VENUE NEWS
o Three hotel groups have been named as supplying freebies to the UK’s serial …
o Travelodge have apologised for branding a 46 year old father a paedophile when …
o Blenheim Palace have apologised after organising a Chinese New Year party that …

MANCHESTER SNOWFLAKES MELT A stupid decision by precious souls at the Manchester City Art Gallery to remove its famous Victorian painting of Hylas and … 

FOCUS UP NORTH Event show Confex has announced a Future Focus of the London based exhibition to take place in Manchester, July 4-5. This will be at the Victoria …

CHASE PERSUED Organisers of events for charities and associations might be interested to hear that the dedicated exhibition for the non-profit sector, CHASE, is … 

THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA In 1954 director and screen-writer Joseph L Mankiewicz followed up his 1950 All About Eve biting satire of Broadway with a biting and …

Event Organisers Update January 2018 ISSUE 160

LEAPS OF FAITH IN CHESTER A trampoline centre in Chester has removed its Tower Jump after a fourth visitor broke her back using it last year. Dental nurse Lucy …

BAD PUBLICITY FOR DUPED VENUE The far-right ultranationalist political group Britain First called itself Patriot Merchandise to secure a meeting room for their …

HOTEL NEWS
o Five thieves armed with axes raided the jewellery store at the Ritz Hotel, Paris …
o A Britannia hotel, the Grand Burstin in Folkestone, Kent has been ordered to …
o Marriott International Hotels and the Thompson Group have been criticised by …

LAUGHS FOR YOUR EVENTS A number of comedians suitable for hiring at a range of corporate events were showcased recently by London speaker bureau Performing …

BIG ONES
o Said to be Europe’s largest the 500 million euro refurbished Paris Convention …
o A new 51,000 square metre conference centre, Caesars Forum, is planned for Las …

GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS One of the world’s best plays, in the opinion of the writer, is coming to the end of its London production run on February 3 at the Playhouse …

Event Organisers Update December 2017 ISSUE 159

BLAZE KILLS TWO AT CAMERON HOUSE Two people have died in a fire at the five star Cameron House resort, Loch Lomond, one at the scene and one in hospital…

GO DO LIKEWISE? Money-grubbing at our universities that sets the young a bad example still fills the pages of our national newspapers, though unsurprisingly …

UNIVERSITY AND NHS FINED FOR DEATH Imperial College London has been fined £70,000, and an NHS Trust £80,000 for health and safety breaches after a 32 year old…

WATCH WHAT YOU ARE EATING Some large contract caterers serving food in UK event venues have admitted including on their menus species of fish on the red …

MORE HOLIDAY FRAUDSTERS Another couple from Liverpool have been found submitting a fraudulent claim for holiday food poisoning.Craig and Lisa Boyd …

TOUT LEADER? The owner of a Magaluf nightclub where a young female teenager performed an oral sex act on 24 men there in 2014 to win what she thought was a …

IN AND OUT COMING The old In and Out club on Piccadilly is being developed into a luxury hotel after planning permission was granted to the billionaire Reuben brothers… 

METROPOLIS Those who haven’t seen Fritz Lang’s famously ground-breaking Expressionist sci-fi feature film, Metropolis from 1927 have missed a real treat…

Event Organisers Update November 2017 ISSUE 158

TIME TO STOP THE BLACKMAIL Now our train driver’s unions have won a 30% wage increase for their poverty-stricken members after a year of holding travellers to …

HOLIDAY FRAUDSTERS JAILED A couple from Liverpool are the first to be jailed for making false claims of food poisoning on their holidays. Paul Roberts, 43, and his …

ICELANDIC FAKE A bad time, we see, for Skuli Mogensen, founder and CEO of Icelandic carrier Wow Air. Morgensen’s firm, stupidly, blitzed the press with a silly lie …

VENETIAN SCAM Visitors to Venice have been advised not to trust some of its restaurateurs after a group of three British tourists were charged £154 each for a …

DRAM SHAM A bottle of what was purported to be a very rare single malt whisky has been found to be a fake. The bottle of The Macallan, supposedly dating from 1878 …

RULE BRITANNIA? Hotel group Britannia have been voted the nation’s worst for the fifth year running in the annual consumer survey carried out by Which? magazine …

Event Organisers Update October 2017 ISSUE 157

THE AMERICAN RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS KILLS MORE A gunman set himself up in a Las Vegas hotel room with an arsenal of rifles and killed 59 people, and injured more …

SPRINKLERS A MUST? In the wake of the Grenfell tragedy fire experts are warning that too many high-rise buildings, including “city centre hotels with hundreds of beds”…

DEVON HOTELIER JAILED A Devon hotelier has been jailed for 22 weeks, for assaulting members of her staff, and a police officer. Shirley Bothroyd, 59, owner of…

SHAMELESS GREED Following the controversy over the £451,000 package paid to Vice-Chancellor Dame Glynis Bakewell by Bath University Times Higher Education …

TOURIST GHOULS Chinese tourists taking selfies in Kensington, London with the blackened hulk of Grenfell Tower as a backdrop have been condemned as “ghouls” …

CHEAPO CITY BREAKS IN EUROPE Those concerned about the increased cost of staying in Europe while the pound is down might like to know the results of a Daily …

JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH Adapted from the Jules Verne novel this science fiction classic was first made in 1959 and then remade in 1999 and 2008…

Event Organisers Update September 2017 ISSUE 156

TOURISTS ATTACKED IN SPAIN Activists who claim that tourism in Spain is destroying Spanish cities, driving up rents and forcing out young people are staging …

ANTI-SEMITIC SWITZERLAND? An Alpine hotel in Arosa, Switzerland has been branded as anti-Semitic after it put up a poster by its pool aimed at Jewish guests …

DON’T GET STUNG Organisers booking delegates into hotels overseas might want to enquire reference the hotel’s policy for guests who become ill, or are injured during …

EVENT DISASTER IN LIVERPOOL Tiny Cow, organisers of the recent new Hope and Glory music festival in Liverpool cancelled the second of the two days after a …

AMERICAN HOTEL BOOKING SCAM The American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) is warning travellers that search engines are taking bookers to sites that …

LONDON LUTON AIRPORT “WORST” Management of London Luton airport say they are “disappointed” at the results of the Which? survey giving them a customer …

GRAVY TRAIN IN BATH Organisers booking events at Bath University, or planning to, may like to know that they are helping Britain’s highest paid Vice-Chancellor and her …

CATHEDRAL CONFERENCES The modern Ely Cathedral Conference Centre offers one room for 80 theatre-style, divisible into two, two rooms for 30 and one for 20 …

ACADEMIC VENUES The Academic Venue Showcase takes place on Wednesday October 11 at the Emirates Stadium, London. Entry is free and a range of short …

SAGA OF ANATAHAN “Men cluster to me like moths around a flame, and if their wings burn I know I’m not to blame” So sang Marlene Dietrich, one of the screen’s first …

THE NUTTY PROFESSOR An extra film review for September and a personal tribute. Film buffs, especially fans of comedy, will know that American comedian …

Event Organisers Update August 2017 ISSUE 155

SELFISH So who pays for clogging up London when roads and public areas are closed to the public to allow sponsoring companies to promote themselves by putting their …

PERFECT FOR A SAFE CORPORATE EVENT? An 18 year old male passenger was killed and seven people were injured when the 17 year old Fire Ball ride at the Ohio …

CASH COWS AND STRIKE FODDER London’s commuters by train are currently getting a very poor deal from our railway system, it seems. Firstly the cost is a …

WEDDING SCAM IN SCOTLAND Craig Williamson, 42, the wedding planner at Guthrie Castle, Angus, has appeared in court charged with fraud. Reportedly he double or …

ONE IN NORFOLK Southgreen Park is a modern non-residential events centre set in the village of Mattishall, in the heart of rural Norfolk and close to East Dereham …

EXTRAS AT THE MARRIOTT Well-heeled guests using the twelve premier suites at the London Marriott County Hall hotel are offered a Silver Lining package for £300…

DIARY DATES
27-28 September 2017 Festival and Outdoor Event Show. Sandown Park
11 October 2017 Academic Venue Showcase Emirates Stadium

DESTINY Is love stronger than death? This is a question explored in Destiny, the 1921 silent expressionist and allegorical film from director Fritz Lang, his first notable …

Event Organisers Update July 2017 ISSUE 154

BRIT SCAM The image of Nigerians as people you could trust took a battering a few years back over advance fee “419” fraud, a scam that invited victims to help…

LIVE THERE, MEET THERE Vienna is the world’s best city in which to live, as well as where the most delegates attend meetings. The number one ranking for living was …

TIME FOR SLAVERY EXHIBITION AT BRITISH MUSEUM? A new book about the naturalist and collector, Sir Hans Sloane, whose extensive collections were the basis …

ART OF ANCIENT ROME A large collection of 130 paintings by Victorian artist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836 – 1912) are now on show at the Leighton House …

BAVARIAN OKTOBERFEST IN GREENWICH Those who like healthy German pork knuckles and sausages washed down with refreshing and slimming citrus white beer …

MICHAEL WEBB Those organising events for the charity and association sectors, and those companies supplying them will know about the CHASE exhibition…

WESTFRONT 1918, KAMERADSCHAFT Austrian film director George Wilhelm Pabst (1885-1967) had a talent for developing the acting talent of others, and for featuring …

Event Organisers Update June 2017 ISSUE 153

TERROR CHOICES The recent terrorist atrocities in Manchester and London have certainly put unwelcome pressure on those planning to attend live events…

NEW HOTEL FOR PICCADILLY Planning permission is being sought for a luxury 102-bedroom hotel with conference facilities, named-chef restaurant, bar, a Wellness Spa …

FALSE CLAIM? A five-star hotel in Crete is counter-claiming £170,000 from a couple who submitted a £10,000 claim for food poisoning, a claim the hotel says is false…

AND ANOTHER? Legal action for damage to its reputation is being threatened by a Tunbridge Wells restaurant after a customer posted a negative review on Tripadvisor…

OLYMPIA SOLD Olympia London has been sold for £296 million to institutional investors who plan to have hotel accommodation on site. The 130 year old venue, which hosts …

TRAINS TO AMSTERDAM DELAYED Eurostar have announced that they will be running a direct service from London St Pancras to Amsterdam by the end of 2017…

BEST FOR BARGAIN BOUTIQUE Those who enjoy the chic of boutique hotels might be interested in a recent rating of 50 of the best in Europe by the experts at the Daily …

HOKUSAI An exhibition featuring around 100 works, mostly woodblock prints, by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) has opened at the British Museum …

SUNTAN It’s been 30 years since the 1987 American thriller Fatal Attraction scared the hell out of philandering males everywhere with the morality tale of the weekend affair …

Event Organisers Update May 2017 ISSUE 152

SEXUAL VIOLENCE AT EVENTS TARGETTED IN UK The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) and Rape Crisis England and Wales have teamed up to build awareness…

DRONE DEFENCES Passengers understandably concerned that their aircraft, and lives, could be endangered by drones being accidentally or deliberately flown too close to …

KEEP IT FASTENED A severe bout of turbulence hit an Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Bangkok, 40 minutes before landing and injured 27 people, with some broken bones …

STAY SEATED, PLEASE Meanwhile an 11 year old schoolgirl on a May 9 school trip, Evha Janneth, has died at Drayton Manor theme park, Staffordshire after she stood up …

DANUBIUS FINANCIAL CONTROLLER IN COURT The financial controller of the four-star Danubius hotel, Nasser Ahmad (42) stole more than £110,000 over five years by …

WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? This much-garlanded revival of Edward Albee’s pitch-black comedy play about the toxic lives of two American academics and …

THE OLIVE TREE A film without much sex, violence or foul language might not sound like a feast of fun to some but The Olive Tree, a quirky, leisurely-paced and bitter-sweet …