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Northern Powerhouse: the UK government’s £10m Northern Tourism Growth Fund

The North of England has struggled in the shadow of London but has set out to show that it can sparkle when the occasion demands. The region’s cities have tapped into £1m (US1.37m) of the UK government’s £10m Northern Tourism Growth Fund and one resulting project was to bring 12 international meeting planners on a fam trip immediately following IMEX Frankfurt. A four-day itinerary across the North of England, stopping at Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle gave the planners a closer look at the MICE offer as they met key stakeholders from venues, hotels and associations.

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Prestigious Star Awards 2016

The results of the Prestigious Star Awards 2016 were announced on 16 September at 20 Cavendish Square in London. 20 venues from across the world were announced and winners included Hampton Court Palace, The Waldorf Astoria New York, Dusit Thani Maldives, Gran Meliá Rome, Royal Mansour Marrakech and more. From a long list of over…


Disneyland Paris reopens Newport Bay Club convention centre

Disney’s Newport Bay Club convention centre, Paris, is to reopen, 26 September, following an eight-month renovation. Operated by Disney Business Solutions, the centre has been equipped with the latest technologies and offers 5,500sqm of modular areas dedicated exclusively to professional customers. The convention centre can host 2,088 delegates theatre style and offers 23 meeting rooms….


UK-based Davies Tanner wins ibtm events contract

Reed Travel Exhibitions’ ibtm events has appointed UK-based events communications agency Davies Tanner after a competitive four-way pitch. The current public relations agency responsible for ibtm events, Spotlight, is contracted until the end of 2016. Led by associate director Julia Gosling, Davies Tanner will focus on building the profile of the ibtm events brand globally, as well as…

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