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Robinson College gets delegates talking


Cambridge University conference venue Robinson College is launching Media+, a new package designed to help organisers engage with delegates before, during and after their event. Media+ has been designed to provide event planners with a variety of methods to raise awareness of their event and encourage conversations between delegates and organisers. Features of the package include PR and promotional support leading up to the day; a tailored social media strategy; and a post-event evaluation report, including cost-analysis and ROI. Organisers will also have the option to include large screen Twitter feeds in conference, dining and public spaces to encourage live tweeting during the event.
 

New pass opens world of heritage


Hudson’s Media is targeting the incentive market with a new travel pass. The Hudson’s Heritage Explorer Pass is a one-off pass giving the holder free entry to 150 heritage attractions for time-limited periods. The available attractions include a unique and stunning collection of iconic heritage sites, specialist museums, historic houses and hidden gems across England from the Roman Baths to Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Castle Howard. The pass enables incentive organisers to benefit from substantial savings, costing from just £6.40 per day, with holders able to visit as many properties as they wish during that time period.
 

Can you handle Kankku's off-road adventure?


Kankku, the Lake District off-road adventure company, has created an alternative way to team-build with its new corporate experience. Overlander puts participants in charge of a fleet of ex-army Land Rovers over challenging Lake District terrain, taking them right back to basics and encouraging them to engage with the countryside. Combining the discipline of a self-drive safari with the driving technicalities of a guided off-road expedition, Overlander gives each vehicle team the challenge of both driving and navigating as they journey over an off-road point-to-point through the Lake District National Park. Walks and pub lunches can be incorporated into the adventure and every Overlander is tailored individually to company requirements and goals.
 

Business centres for station locations


Global workplace provider Regus has opened two new business centres in central London, at Euston and Fenchurch Street, offering drop-in, shared and part-time space alongside serviced offices and meeting rooms. The Euston centre is located within a grand, Georgian redbrick building on Upper Woburn Place just off Euston Road, offering commuters a convenient place to work while they wait for transport connections. The new City location is in New London House, in the heart of the Square Mile next to Fenchurch Street mainline station and Tower Hill Underground. This brings Regus’ network in the capital to 78 locations, and 230 in the UK.
 

New flagship hotel for Piccadilly Gardens


A new flagship Travelodge hotel has opened in the heart of Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens. The new 157-room hotel represents an £11 million investment, bringing the company’s portfolio to 16 hotels in Greater Manchester and 513 in total. 31 new jobs have been created as a result of the opening. Every room features the king size Travelodge Dreamer bed, designed by royal warrant holders Sleepeezee, and the hotel also has a full service Bar Café. The Manchester Piccadilly Travelodge hotel is part of a mixed scheme that secures the regeneration of the former Woolworths building, originally constructed in 1927. The development of the hotel has been led by Associated Property Investors.
 

Ballygally back in business after £3m boost


Hastings Hotels’ four-star Ballygally Castle is set to officially re-open next month after a £3 million refurbishment. Located on the Causeway Coastal Route, Ballygally Castle is just 45 minutes from the infamous Giants Causeway and Bushmills Distillery, Ireland’s oldest working distillery. When it throws open its doors again, the hotel will have 18 new five star coastal view bedrooms, including six family rooms, making it one of the largest hotels on the Causeway Coastal Route with 54 bedrooms. The River Room has been replaced by the brand new Kintyre Ballroom, which will now accommodate up to 250 people and offer views over the castle gardens and coastline all the way to the Mull of Kintyre.
 

Dodgeball UK serves up corporate offerings


Dodgeball UK, the leading provider of dodgeball event packages, has announced a new line-up of corporate event offerings. Dodgeball UK organised over a thousand dodgeball events last year across the country, from team building to corporate events; and from stag and hen parties to regional leagues and tournaments. Delivering bespoke events for groups ranging in size from 10 to 250, Dodgeball UK incorporates multiple activities and game rounds to guarantee a fun-packed day or evening. Providing everything that an organiser could need, Dodgeball UK organises venue, catering, prizes and staffing to create a seamless event. Dodgeball UK’s corporate offering has attracted clients, including Ernst & Young, Deloitte, BP, Barclays, Sainsbury’s and LOCOG.
 

Celebrate Inn the Park this summer


Peyton Events has announced details of summer events packages available at its Inn the Park venue. Nestled among the plants and lakes of St James's Park, Inn the Park offers a great location with beautiful surroundings for a spectacular summer event. Inn the Park is an innovative café restaurant that blends seamlessly into its surrounding to offer a natural oasis right in the heart of London. Guests will be treated to a decadent gourmet barbeque on the stunning Roof Terrace, with views over St James’s Park. Packages available include exclusive hire of the Roof Terrace for a minimum of 100, or a private area for a minimum of 20. There is also the option to add an unlimited drinks package.
 

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