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  • Coventry has been named as the UK City of Culture 2021 – and I’m delighted for the city. It’s a well-deserved accolade for a city that is – u...
  • There was a Northern invasion in London this week as three of the region’s biggest cities descended on the capital to remind everyone that there is li...
  • The Grade I listed Brighton Dome has worn many disguises over the last 200 years, having served variously as a stable block, a military hospital and a...
  • “When virtual reality takes off, it’s going to be as big a change as the internet. It’s going to change everything.”That’s what Matt Wordley, COO of O...
  • “I’m sorry, but I wouldn’t dream of taking our convention to a city while the Olympics were on.”I am in Paris for the launch of the new Paris Conventi...
  • One of the worst things that ever happened to the publishing business was the arrival of the smartphone. Suddenly everyone thinks he or she is a pho...
  • How often does a new hotel opening attract a country’s president, prime minister, minister of finance and minister of tourism to its inauguration ce...
  • I was delighted to attend the MIMAs & EVCOM Industry Awards at the Park Plaza Riverside last Friday: it did, as most award ceremonies do, start ...
  • It’s mid-November and the Christmas season is in full swing. Well, to be more accurate, the pretend Christmas season is in full swing.Pretend Christma...
  • The first ever Business of Events Senior Leadership Forum saw representatives from across government and the business events industry come together to...
  • “The culture has changed over the years. What might have been acceptable 10, 15 years ago is clearly not acceptable now.”This was former defence secre...
  • “We’ve never had a greater position with government.”So said Michael Hirst, chair of the Business Visits and Events Partnership, speaking to me at a w...
  • “I remember one fam where we had to get up for a boat transfer in the pitch black at 7am – and the water was so choppy it ended up with everyone on th...
  • Halloween is upon us and we thought we’d get into the spooky spirit by sharing a gruesome little tale that has reached us from Spain. It’s not ex...
  • At the time of writing, the political situation in Catalonia remains tense and unstable.The controversial independence referendum on 1 October has led...
  • “I spent hours in a beautiful 150-year-old botanical garden - and there are 10 acres of it. I can assure you this is my kind of town…”Thus opens the f...
  • Thundering towards the final corner at 90mph, engine roaring, heart in mouth, I was struck by the thought that I was just one wrong move, one wrong tu...
  • “If Carlsberg did fam trips, they would probably be like Designer Incentives does them”. Designer’s UK representative Jane Filler would say that, woul...
  • Where to begin with the Seven Seas Explorer? Is it the portside infinity pool? The penthouse apartments? The signature restaurants? How about the &#...
  • It's a Thursday evening at Square Up Media's office headquarters in Clapham's Tun Yard Studios. It's after 7pm and most employees have gone home,...

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