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…

Marketing Matters Sep/Oct 2017 ISSUE 58

CLEVER SECRETS OF PR PROFESSIONALS Top PR firm Bell Pottinger, founded by Thatcher guru Lord Bell, has apparently been impressing their client, the Gupta …

RYANAIR MESSES UP AGAIN An estimated 400,000 passengers booked on Ryanair flights have had them cancelled as the company admits that it has mismanaged its …

ANOREXIA NO LONGER FASHIONABLE Unhealthily skinny models will need to start eating properly again if they want to work after Gucci, St Laurent and Vuitton et Dior …

RUIN YOUR LIFE, AND HELP THE TREASURY A proposed reduction in the amounts that can be gambled on high-street located FOBT’s (Fixed Odds Betting Terminals) …

KILLING THE KIDS A 2004 episode of the children’s cartoon character Peppa Pig was banned in Australia for being dangerously spider-friendly but then accidentally aired …

BET HE DOESN’T DRINK IT NOW Carling lager is weaker than advertised, the brewers Moulson Coors have claimed in court. Sold as having 4% alcohol by …

LAMB GAMBOLS OUT OF FAVOUR Sales of lamb have fallen by 25% over the last fifteen years as less families enjoy a Sunday roast, citing a lack of time and …

BIG MAN George Osbourne, former chancellor, banker’s friend, money-lover and editor of the London Evening Standard has been attracting some brickbats for his …

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 …

Charity Matters Aug/Sep 2017 ISSUE 74

RACIAL OR RACIST? Telling the truth and siding with justice can be tough calls in the UK when they involve racial aspects. Ask Labour MP for Rotherham Sarah …

SAD IT HAS TO BE The stupid and thoughtless actions of a few charities have now made it harder for all to fundraise. The Fundraising Preference Service allows any …

CURBING ABATTOIR CRUELTYCCTV cameras are to be installed in all slaughterhouses, to ensure that animals to be killed are treated with compassion …

SICK TV DROPPED Stan Kroenke, the American billionaire who owns 67% of Arsenal Football club has swiftly shelved plans to run a subscription bloodsports channel …

CHARITY THIEF SPARED JAIL A manager at the Simon Community charity for the homeless has been spared jail after stealing nearly £10,000 from his employer …

BREACHED FOX HUNTING LAWS The first convictions for breaching fox hunting laws in Scotland have been handed down to a father and son team. John Clive …

MOVING ON The head of the National Trust, Dame Helen Ghosh, 51, is leaving the UK’s biggest charity after a controversial five year tenure to become master of …

TALLY HO HO HO Could we ever see a situation where those who hunt, and/or support the hunts are placed on a special animal cruelty register, flagging them up as …

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 …

Marketing Matters Jul/Aug 2017 ISSUE 57

CRACKDOWN BITES IN COURT A crackdown by the travel industry against fake food poisoning claims for compensation from British holidaymakers has started to find its …

EUROPCAR RIP OFF ACCUSATIONS International car hire firm Europcar has been accused of ripping off its customers over the last 10 years with grossly inflated…

ARE YOU A STEREOTYPE? A serious report on gender stereotyping from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has been met with derision in some quarters …

NO MORE CARD TRICKS The adding of inflated surcharges for payment by credit card, which costs companies 0.6%, is to be banned from January. The ban will …

NO ICE THANKS An investigation by the BBC’s Watchdog programme has found levels, some “significant”, of faecal bacteria in ice served to customers at some of…

SALMON LEAP Those now including salmon in their diet, as an oily fish and good source of omega-3, might want to note its significantly increased price in the last …

ON SOCIAL MEDIA SO IT MUST BE TRUE Reportedly the efforts of one Jeremy Corbyn to market himself as the young person’s best friend are suffering a few minor …

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 …

Charity Matters Jun/Jul 2017 ISSUE 73

SOME REAL CHARITY “Charity begins at home” runs the saying, and no better example of this in action can be found than the speedy actions of hundreds of …

LOW According to the Charity Fraud Line the number of frauds perpetrated on charities has increased by 30% in three years, with analysts claiming that more than £2 billion …

MISGUIDED? Claims that refugee charities are paying criminal gangs of people traffickers to ferry desperate migrants to their rescue boats moored off Libya have …

CLEAN UP AT PETPLAN The RSPCA has welcomed moves by specialist pet insurer Petplan to dump its online-only dog breeder approval scheme and carry out …

FINES FOR FACEBOOK? The NSPCC has called for heavy fines for Facebook and other social network companies if they fail to delete content that could harm children …

TUTOR STOLE FOR GIRLFRIEND A Muslim I.T. tutor stole from his charity employer to pay for hotel stays with his secret Christian girlfriend. Inner London crown court …

SOME GOOD FROM BRAVE REMORSE A dog-owner who was prosecuted after his three dogs died when left in his car without water or ventilation for five hours has told …

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 …

Marketing Matters May/Jun 2017 ISSUE 56

BAD IDEA FROM OFGEM SWITCHED OFF Those who thought that energy regulator Ofgem worked to protect consumers from rapacious energy companies might want to …

COMPANY LAW CLEAN-UP NEEDED The director of a company that inflicted 100 million automated nuisance telephone calls over an 18-month period has avoided …

BATTERY CARTEL FINED £147 MILLION A cartel of four rechargeable battery manufacturers has been fined a total of £147 million by the European Commission (EC)…

CANNY CON A Scottish sea salt company has ceased trading after its product was found to be mostly cheap table salt imported from Israel. The Hebridean Sea Salt …

BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS Some of those who have wanted to avoid wearing real fur, so as to deny support to fur slaughterhouses in Asia, have been disappointed after…

DON’T CALL 118118 Calling a 118 directory enquiries service to get a phone number can cost up to £8.98 per call, if you use 118118, which was 58 pence in 2003. Even worse …

COOLFIZZINGCRINGEMAKINGTOECURLINGDOWNDUMBINGPEPSI Congratulations to Pepsi for supplying this year’s most naff ad, which was quickly withdrawn by the …

YOU’RE HATING IT Meanwhile not far behind Pepsi in the naff race is McDonalds, where the little gem hatched up by their marketeers attracted more than 100 complaints to the …