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  • These days the phrase ‘fam trip’ is a bit of a dirty word in the industry. From the outside fam trips have long appeared to be a weekend jolly, during...
  • There’s no two ways about it – we have been misled, either intentionally or otherwise. We were sent a press release claiming that Christopher Ayre's ...
  • Think back to the last time you travelled for work; did you post about it on social media?Chances are that the answer is no, according to new research...
  • The ousting of Martin Sirk from one of the meetings industry’s most high-profile jobs has highlighted the tensions that can emerge between an associat...
  • The sun shone on this year’s edition of The Meetings Show, with visitors to Olympia doing brisk business as the mercury soared outside.The show’s new ...
  • The glorious weather we’re having cannot have escaped your attention. The country has been walking on sunshine for more than a week now, and in the wo...
  • As with all the best venues, it is the experience and manner of the staff that makes Gleneagles such a spectacular venue for events. This glorious Sco...
  • It’s rare that a day goes by without news of a venue refurb dropping into my inbox. Revamp, rebrand, refit; call it what you will, it all basically me...
  • Here in the meetings industry we know all about the importance of conferences and events. But even so, it’s nice to be reminded from time to time, and...
  • To the Supreme Court, where a legal battle has just ended that could have huge ramifications for the industry.The court ruled that plumber Gary Smith ...
  • The business of hospitality is an established and acknowledged form of building relationships for companies. But as companies and industries change, d...
  • This year’s IMEX in Frankfurt was, as ever, an invaluable opportunity to catch up with the rest of the industry. One of the chats that has sta...
  • Technological advances have changed the way we communicate, work and entertain ourselves – connecting with friends and colleagues, watching television...
  • Yes, I know I’m an old curmudgeon and I can’t keep quiet but it’s my blog column and I’ll do what I like with it - so brace yourself for a bad-tempere...
  • This week I found myself caught up in the French air traffic control strike. When I say caught up, it wasn’t really all that dramatic; I was lucky eno...
  • Did you know that if you don’t check in for an outbound flight you no longer need, BA will cancel your return flight on the same booking? Many of you ...
  • Out here in meeting and events land, things can get very cyclical; everything changes, everything stays the same. We look back long term and we see th...
  • “Incentive travel is a great place to be,” – that is the verdict of Didier Scaillet (pictured), CEO of the Society of Incentive Travel Excellenc...
  • “You mean I’ve got to pay? With real money?”I am in a UK city, which will remain nameless, visiting my sister, whose name is Jenny. Jenny has suggeste...
  • With Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un’s unprecedented meeting confirmed to take place in Singapore on June 12, one thought crossed my mind – that’s got to...

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