Event Organisers Update August 2018 ISSUE 165

ONE WAS THERE, ACCIDENTALLY We’d decided to take a day trip by coach to Brighton, attracted by the £12 return fare for seniors and the convenient pick-up in … 

EJECTION FOR GRAPHIC TRUTH An anti-abortion group, Life, was kicked out of the Lambeth Country Show last month after a few of the 150,000 visitors complained …

ECOLI DEATH IN UNKNOWN CORFU HOTEL A fit and healthy mother died last August after eating “bloody” chicken infected with E.coli in a hotel buffet restaurant … 

TOP LOSSES The Shangri-La Hotel, which occupies floors 34-52 of the Shard has lost more than £60 million since it opened four years ago. The five-star hotel offers …

OLYMPIA MAKEOVER Olympia Exhibition and Conference Centre is to get a £1 billion refurbishment under plans drawn up by its new owners, Yoo Capital. (Evening …

VINHO VERDE To a tasting of Vinho Verde wines from quintas (farms) in North-West Portugal and available in the UK. The wines are increasingly popular in the UK as …

DE NIRO HOTEL SCRAPPED Plans by actor Robert De Niro and BD Hotels for a hotel in Covent Garden have been scrapped. The Wellington Hotel was to have 83 … 

NO NEPOTISM HERE, RIGHT BRUV? The former CEO of Excel exhibition and conference centre, David Pegler is to be sued for more than £2million by his former …

THE BUTTERFLY TREE If a bittersweet film about beauty, and the loss of it floats your boat then you’ll love The Butterfly Tree. This ravishingly-shot and quirky Australian …

Event Organisers Update June 2018 ISSUE 164

A SERIOUS MESS There’s a joke going the rounds that the reason our railways have named their latest debacle “Railplan 20/20” is because 2020 is the year by which …

BREWERY CATERER SUED Two diners who suffered campylobacter poisoning after eating chicken liver parfait at The Brewery are suing the venue’s caterers at the time …

BA PILOT JAILED The BA pilot who was hauled out of his cockpit by police and found to be four times over the limit of alcohol for flying has been jailed for nine months …

HOTEL FIRES A major fire, origin unknown, damaged the five-star 12-storey Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Knightsbridge, London earlier this month with 120 firefighters and 20 …

TOP FOR MEETINGS Figures for 2017 released by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) indicate that the USA has hosted the most events …

CHASE 25 The Charities and Association event, Chase 25, takes place on Thursday July 5 at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London on Thursday July 5. Registration is …

CONFEX FUTURE FOCUS This takes place on July 4-5 at the Victoria Warehouse, Manchester. The seminar programme promises that visitors attending can meet …

THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE Those who loved the 1969 film starring Maggie Smith in the Brodie title role, Celia Johnson as her sceptical headmistress, Robert …

KING OF HEARTS In 1966 this genial French anti-war comedy-drama starring a younger-looking 32 year old Alan Bates and featuring the beautiful 24 year-old …

Event Organisers Update May 2018 ISSUE 163

TRUST YOUR PILOT Well? Of course you do – they transport millions of people every year from A to B in perfect safety, don’t they? Of course there are times it goes …

FLOORED AT GROSVENOR HOUSE The Royal Caledonian Ball, an exclusive £265 a ticket Scottish dancing event attracting 700 guests fell apart earlier this month as the …

BOAT SHOW SUNK The London Boat Show, due to be held at Excel, 9-13 January 2019 has been cancelled. Organisers British Marine say that there was little support …

MONET COLLECTION For lovers of art, especially that by a Claude Monet, 1840-1926, the National Gallery has an exhibition featuring more than 70 of the artist’s works…

MILLENNIALS An interesting discussion on managing and marketing to millennials was organised recently by speaker agency Performing Artistes. Held at the Institute of …

KRAKOW A highlight of our recent fam trip to five-star Marriott in Poland was the night and day spent in Krakow, a real jewel of a city in one of the most visited areas in the …

VODKA HEAVEN For those who like vodka a trip to Poland offers an opportunity to try some of the hundreds of types on offer and our recent fam trip to Warsaw and …

THE OLD DARK HOUSE Horror films used to frighten audiences to death, until comic send ups appeared at the cinema encouraging the frightened to not take it all too …

Event Organisers Update April 2018 ISSUE 162

A MODERN CURSE? Is social media, which we have all been told we should be enthusiastically embracing, on the way out? Certainly the continued posting of racial …

THE SMELL WORSENS Another Liverpool couple have been caught out trying to defraud a travel company with false claims of holiday food poisoning, and this time …

MORE VENETIAN RIP-OFFS Another case of visitors to Venice being grossly overcharged for food in restaurants around St Marks Square has emerged …

THEFTS FROM EVENTS BUSINESS An event supplier specialised in providing cocktail and bartending expertise was robbed late last month. Two thieves broke into …

BIG CRUISERS FOR LIVERPOOL Liverpool will be able to handle the huge floating blocks of flats that these days pass for modern super liners with a new £50 million …

NIGHT NIGHT A sleeper mini-coach that can carry 12 passengers lying down has been launched for those travelling 300 miles or more. The berths on the coach come …

NEW MARRIOTT AT NEC Building of the new Marriott International Moxy Hotel will start at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in June this year and should be open …

FIVE-STAR WARSAW Joining a familiarisation trip to Poland as a guest of Marriott Hotels the writer enjoyed five-star accommodation at hotels in Warsaw, and Krakow …

HILTON AT HEATHROW There can’t be many airport hotels with a large and attractive outside area for al fresco barbecues and other eating in the warm months but the … 

BEER TASTING A recent cruise around Scotland and the Orkneys, the Shetlands and the Danish Faroe Islands gave the writer the chance to run a beer tasting of twelve … 

MARTY Only two films have ever won the double of the Palme d’Or at Cannes and the Academy Award for Best Picture, and one was director Billy Wilder’s 1945 The Lost …

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 …