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  • Brighton rocks. I know; I used to live there. It’s a diverse city bubbling over with funky restaurants, shops, bars, hotels and cultural offerings. So...
  • The news that leading performance improvement agency Maritz in the USA has narrowly escaped being owed more than US$25m by bankrupt General Motors wil...
  • As the president of China cuts short his attendance at the G8 summit in Italy to attend to the crisis at home, the streets of Urumqi, the capital of t...
  • At the last SITE international conference I incurred the wrath of several heads of events industry associations by accusing them of being “lousy at PR...
  • In the last few months we’ve written countless stories about the rise and rise of virtual conferencing, and how all event organisers/meetings venues/i...
  • The news that meetings industry association Eventia is ready to allow the fatted calves to the slaughter – ahem, I mean, er, allow buyers to join thei...
  • Usually on a fam trip in another country, you are there to get a view of the venues and attractions on offer – you are not one of the attractions. Thi...
  • A quick glance at Eventia’s latest set of accounts tells its own story. By any standards the association had a good year in 2008 and by its own standa...
  • I’m not about to pretend the credit crunch is a good thing – in general it’s downright depressing – but some good things have come from it. People red...
  • These are tough days for hotel venues – our news section abounds with items that would fall into the ‘T’ category of a SWAT analysis, but precious few...
  • There are a few things I need in a hotel room when I am on business: A bed (goes without saying) with good pillows A shower (ditto) Towels, numberi...
  • The trouble with a self-congratulatory slogan such as The World’s Favourite Airline is that it will inevitably come back and bite you on the tail fin....
  • So summer is finally here (allegedly) and with it comes the lovely flurry of invitations to the season’s annual sporting and social events: Ascot, Hen...
  • Happiness seems to be my buzzword of the day. Lucky me. I’ve been fortunate enough to preview articles by Oxford Motivation’s John Fisher and an inter...
  • How does one best gain sympathy for one’s pay, jobs and disciplinary woes? Stage a demented strike that severely disrupts business in a city already b...
  • Has Regus broken the mould? The office management company entered the meetings sector with serious intent when it took the market by surprise in Febru...
  • Having a frequent flying companion of 6'8" – that's about 2.05m for the metrically minded - I am probably more sympathetic than most to the ordea...
  • A recent news story piqued my interest – and no doubt sent meeting venue sales staff into spasm. Across Britain, 5,000 Nestle workers – one-third of i...
  • No doubt hoping to ride on the back of the Britain’s Got Talent hysteria which has swept the nation, Event UK has announced its Next Big Thing competi...
  • As I sat in a press conference staged by those nice Melbourne folk at Imex in Frankfurt last week, my mind wandered back to the home of the Poms, the ...

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