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 …

Event Organisers Update March 2017 ISSUE 150

NAMED AND SHAMED The number of hotels amongst businesses named by the government as paying employees less than the national minimum or living wage rate …

MURDERER FROM PREMIER INN A former receptionist at Premier Inn, Cardiff has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 23 years for the murder of a former girlfriend …

WEASEL WORDS Relatives of the 38 British tourists killed in the June 2015 terrorist massacre in Sousse Tunisia have claimed that Tui, the parent company of travel agent …

BAD NAME CHOICES Following our piece in last month’s issue about Liverpool streets, such as Penny Lane, named after slave traders, a row has broken out over a building …

TO CURRY FAVOUR Those who admire our pillar of political integrity and judgement, Speaker John Bercow, might well spot him at his favourite curry house, Madhu’s at…

TACKY THEN The five-star Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Knightsbridge, formerly the Hyde Park Hotel is “as tacky as a plastic Christmas tree in a spray tan salon”…

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS Boasting one of the most impressive cast lists in cinema history A Man For All Seasons, the 1966 film of the final years of Sir Thomas More …

Event Organisers Update February 2017 ISSUE 149

AVALANCHE KILLS 29 AT ITALIAN HOTEL A series of earthquakes and heavy snowfall triggered an avalanche in Abruzzo region, Southern Italy, which destroyed …

DEATH BY DRONE COMING UP? It is a sobering fact that the huge increase in the number of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s or drones) in our skies – one million sold …

UNI RISKED STUDENT LIVES WITH MISTAKE Northumbria University in Newcastle has been fined £400,000, plus £26,468 costs after it mistakenly gave a toxic dose of …

WEDDING HELLS
o A wedding rehearsal for a £25,000 ceremony in the Cuban resort of Playa Esmerelda …
o Nearly a hundred Britons, including two wedding parties, are suing the Marelen Hotel …

WAR OVER WAR OFFICE Plans to turn the vast War Office on London’s Whitehall into a £1 billion five-star hotel and 88 apartments complex by 2020 have been met with …

TWO CHANGING HANDS Two UK conference venues are currently changing hands (Business Desk) In Blackpool the historic 180-bedroom four-star Imperial Hotel, with …

PENNY LANE HOTEL FOR SALE The 17-bedroom Penny Lane Hotel in Penny Lane, Liverpool is up for sale at £950,000. The sellers, Christie and Co., are stretching the …

RISING STARS To the annual Performing Artistes Speaker Drinks showcase at the IOD, London, where we mingle with the likes of the elegant dancer John Sergeant and …

TWO IN SCARBOROUGH The Scarborough Art Gallery makes an interesting visit for those, like Victorian artist William Etty, who appreciate the beauty of ladies without …

COVER GIRL Though some may find this exuberant 1944 musical as corny as Kansas in August there’s no denying that it’s a feel-good dancing treat dished up by some of …