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AIEA Recommends: Watch, Listen and Read

AIEA Recommends: Watch, Listen and Read

Finding ways to entertain ourselves is never hard is it – especially not with the fantastic Friday afternoon quizzes, bingo, calls for video contributions and a cupboard full of snacks (or alcohol!). We thought it might be fun to share some of what we’ve all been...

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Meet Our Members…… Joanna Cartwright

Meet Our Members…… Joanna Cartwright

This week we will continue to introduce our members, Welcome to Joanna from Mabrouka Events. Name: Joanna Cartwright Agency: Mabrouka Events Ltd Your Favourite Song of All Time (& Band/Singer)? Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve Who Would Play You in a Film About...

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Getting Masked Up

Getting Masked Up

Happy Monday Everyone, we are taking a break from introducing our members with a new blog from Jacqui Doyle from The Conference People. It is amazing how life has change in a very short amount of time. We have very different priorities now. The most important ones are...

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Meet Our Members……Susan Brogan

Meet Our Members……Susan Brogan

This week we have the pleasure of introducing another of our members to you. Name: Susan Brogan Agency: Venue Seekers Your Favourite Song of All Time (& Band/Singer)? One Love U2 Who Would Play You in a Film About Your Life? Rachel Weisz What Would Your Last Meal...

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Meet our members…… Jules Alexander

We will continue to introduce our members to you and this week you will meet: Name: Jules Alexander Agency: Ball Associates Ltd Your Favourite Song of All Time (& Band/Singer)? Love on the rocks - Neil Diamond ( although I do have many more) Who Would Play You in...

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Meet our members… Layla Warfield

Meet our members… Layla Warfield

The strength of any organisation is it’s membership. This applies to the AIEA in particular, as we have always maintained that we are run “by the members, for the members”. Everyone involved in the AIEA brings something to the Alliance, making it the exceptional...

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What have the AIEA ever done for us?!

What have the AIEA ever done for us?!

This weeks blog is from Martin Ellis at Team Umbrella, and he is also one of the Directors of the AIEA. Those of a certain age will remember the Monty Python film “The Life of Brian”. There’s an amusing scene – one of many – where the question is asked “What have the...

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The importance of Dietary Requirements

The importance of Dietary Requirements

As event professionals we are all used to working with clients with dietary requirements as it is now becoming more and more common. Lida De Souza from De Souza Associates is sharing her experience of dealing with unusual dietary requirements. Why is it important to...

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Virtual Wine Tasting

Virtual Wine Tasting

Jacqui Doyle, Director at the Conference People is this week sharing with us a great team-building activity to keep your team motivated. In the remote working times  we are all facing at the moment it is more important than ever to stay in touch and to find ways to...

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The Positive Tree

The Positive Tree

During these challenging times, it can be tricky to stay positive especially as the lockdown is getting more and more difficult for some people. Sharon from Mabrouka Events is sending us some lovely pictures from "PositivTree" that she came across on one of her daily...

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Working from home and staying motivated

Working from home and staying motivated

As the world around us is being locked away and fellow colleagues are having to work from home we thought we would share some top tips that Sarah Hood from Lime Blue Solutions has found on working from home and how to make it less daunting for those that are not used...

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Authentic Business Theatre

Authentic Business Theatre

Another contribution from our blogger Steve Pinnock at Performance & Event Management Ltd. Although many of you may be too young to recall this, business events, especially conferences and product launches, used to be referred to by production companies and event...

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Partnerships – It’s all about the destination!

Partnerships – It’s all about the destination!

This week Chris Walls, Director at Events2 has contributed with an interesting blog. The Events Industry is essentially about the successful combination of a series of activities, people, innovations, ideas and solutions. Aligning all those elements with the desired...

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How to choose your events agency

How to choose your events agency

Steve Pinnock from Performance & Event Management Ltd has contributed with another interested blog. What matters most to you and your company in protecting and enhancing its reputation and value? Reputation is built on performance, which in turn relies on healthy...

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Something to whet the appetite?

Something to whet the appetite?

Sonia Sansom, from E2E Events and a judge of the 2019 Canape Cup, considers whether January means no more canapés and considers what makes a canapé great. You know Christmas and New Year celebrations are over when the supermarkets replace the boxes of miniature...

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Team-building is fun, or is it?!

Team-building is fun, or is it?!

Chris Walls the MD of Events2 has written this weeks great thought provoking blog on team-building. Teambuilding is fun, or is it? Well actually it should be fun, but nowadays the true function of teambuilding seems to have been lost and is now positioned under the...

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The value of strategic event planning

The value of strategic event planning

Steve Pinnock the MD at Performance & Event Management Limited has written our first blog for 2020. As you look ahead and plan the next 12 to 18 months, do you visualise where the organisation will be and what you must do to get there? The answer is probably yes,...

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The AIEA Christmas Charity Lunch

The AIEA Christmas Charity Lunch

On the 16th December The AIEA with it's members, suppliers and industry colleagues held it's first Christmas Charity Lunch and brought some festive cheer to around 150 guests from the wonderful charity Solace, who's helping women from sexual and domestic abuse to...

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Fam Trip to North Cadbury Court, Somerset

Fam Trip to North Cadbury Court, Somerset

Martin Gaisford from ADP Events had the pleasure of experiencing the lovely venue that is North Cadbury Court in Somerset. Set in the beautiful countryside of rural Somerset, one hour from Bath and Bristol, one hour forty mins by direct train from central London,...

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Helsinki with Nordic Hotels

Helsinki with Nordic Hotels

Lauretthe McClellan from Pineapple Events has just returned from a very interesting weekend visit to Helsinki, the white capital of Finland hosted by Nordic Choice Hotels and their UK representation company Hosmark. The north of the country being famous for Lapland,...

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The new Gran Melia in Tanzania

The new Gran Melia in Tanzania

Peter Jackson from Red e2 had the pleasure of visiting the New Gran Melia in Tanzania in September and shares his views on this exciting opening. Located in what is often viewed as the gateway to the Serengeti, the city of Arusha, this new Gran Melia is a delight....

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How do you make your events sustainable?

How do you make your events sustainable?

Amanda Flanders from Butterflies Events will this week give us tips on how to make our event more sustainable and eco friendly. The way of the world is sustainability & the events industry must follow suit. When we look at the events industry, its instantly...

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Obstacles to performance improvement

Obstacles to performance improvement

This weeks blog contribution is from Steve Pinnock from Performance & Event Management Ltd. At both micro and macro levels, organisations face hidden obstacles to co-operation and collaboration. The consequences include poor internal and external relationships and...

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Istanbul on the Venice Simplon Orient Express

Istanbul on the Venice Simplon Orient Express

Martin Gaisford from ADP Events recently had the pleasure of working on an event with Belmond on-board the VSOE on its journey from Sirkeci Station, Istanbul to Paris. Arriving late afternoon at Sabiha Gokcen airport on the Asian side of Turkey, I was collected by my...

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Bordeaux & ST. Emilion

Bordeaux & ST. Emilion

Wendy from Pineapple Events shares her experience from a trip to Bordeaux, France recently. With direct flights from Liverpool to Bordeaux, it was easy to get there. Although the airport in Bordeaux is under a big reconstruction but I’m sure it will be fine by the...

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Chewton Glen, a Fantastic start to the summer holidays

Chewton Glen, a Fantastic start to the summer holidays

Rachel from Reservations 2000 had the pleasure of being invited by the lovely Lisa Lernoux-Dock to enjoy a day at their cookery school at Chewton Glen. Chewton Glen is a privately owned luxury quintessentially English country house hotel with an award winning spa in...

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Stronger together

Stronger together

On the 16th August The Alliance of Independent Event Agencies held its third annual AGM at the Mercure Walton Hall, and announced confirmation that Leeds based Simply Better events became the official 75th member. And today we are delighted to announce that we have...

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The most important skill for an event organiser

The most important skill for an event organiser

This week's blog is from Martin Jack from Think Different Events. You may have the best venue, the best event programme, the best client and the best team behind you. However, without possessing excellent communication skills, your role as an event organiser may...

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Fam trip to NY

Fam trip to NY

FAM Trip to New York Donna Hodges from Inception Events was recently invited on a FAM trip to New York hosted by Hotel Republic and Mags Worldwide. Flights were also provided courtesy of BA in club world. The Vibe Agency, represented by Mags Worldwide provided a...

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A visit to Monkey Island Estate

A visit to Monkey Island Estate

The long awaited renovation of the Monkey Island Estate was completed this spring and I had the pleasure of attending a site visit last week. Owned by the Malaysian YTL group and part of the Small Luxury Hotels, the estate although unrated at the moment has all the...

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In need of Inspiration??

In need of Inspiration??

Look no further, Kieron O'Shea from Rocketfish shares with us the source of his inspiration. Jim Lawless has worked closely with our team for over 15 years, delivering inspirational presentations and co-creating engagement experiences. Jim has developed the Ten Rules...

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European destinations

European destinations

This week Lida de Souza from De Souza Associates is telling us a bit about some of the European destinations that are very popular when booking events. We are very lucky as a country to be in such a position where it is easy to travel to any European City in a minimal...

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Doubletree by Hilton Leeds City Centre

This week Megan Urwin from Successful Events is writing about the Doubletree by Hilton Leeds. So. You are in Leeds. A charismatic, cultured and (dare-say at the risk of being ridiculed by the edgy locals) cool city. Whether it be for business, pleasure or a happy...

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Change of career…..

Change of career…..

  This weeks blog is from Lucy Drummond at SG Venues. She give us her thoughts on the MICE industry after having a complete career change. Having left my career in the food manufacturing industry to have my third child 8 years ago, I thought my career life was...

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Plastic & the events industry

Plastic & the events industry

Lida deSouza from DeSouza Associates shares her views on making our events more eco friendly. You only need to have watched Blue Planet 2 to see the impact plastic is having on our planet and the pictures are shocking. With the prediction that by 2050 there will be...

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Site visit to Mykonos, Greece

Site visit to Mykonos, Greece

Pauline Caldaralo from PAC Conference and Event Management shares some of her experiences from her recent site visit with clients to Mykonos in Greece. We used the DMC Event Makers, who is represented by Pearl and they were fabulous. Maria from Event Makers was very...

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Meet the Member: Martin Gaisford

Name: Martin Gaisford Agency: ADP Events What is your favourite song of all time? The Boys Are Back in Town - Thin Lizzy Who would play you in a film about your life? David Suchet What would your last meal on Earth be? One with salmonella probably - steak, chips,...

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Meet the Member: Nicola Miller

Meet the Member: Nicola Miller

Name: Nicola Miller Agency: Lime Blue Solutions What is your favourite song of all time? Vienna by Ultravox Who would play you in a film about your life? Kristen Scott Thomas (because The English Patient is one of my favourite films!) What would your last meal on...

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Meet the Member: Kerry Walsh

Meet the Member: Kerry Walsh

Name: Kerry Walsh Agency: Hatch Events Ltd What is your favourite song of all time? Never Forget by Take That Who would play you in a film about your life? Bette Midler What would your last meal on Earth be? Sushi Whats your tipple? Beer, wine, Champers? Champers by...

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Meet the Member: Sylvain Bouteiller

Meet the Member: Sylvain Bouteiller

Name: Sylvain Bouteiller Agency: Nexusvenue What is your favourite song of all time? Enjoy the Silence by Depeche Mode and Save a Prayer by Duran Duran Who would play you in a film about your life? Alain Delon (but with brown eyes LOL) What would your last meal on...

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We Have the Technology…

Paula Kelsey of Cloud 9 Event Management, and current AIEA Chair looks at the use of Robots and AI at Events and in Hotels: At a recent public sector client event which was focused on the food and drink sector, it wasn’t the wonderful displays of breads, cheeses and...

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Meet the Member: Martin Ellis

Meet the Member: Martin Ellis

      Name: Martin Ellis Agency: Team Umbrella Ltd What is your favourite song of all time?  Tempted - Squeeze Who would play you in a film about your life? A young Brad Pitt of course! Although some might say Hugh Jackman... What would your last meal...

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Meetings sandwiched with fun!

Meetings sandwiched with fun!

Times are now changing within the world of meetings and hospitality. Gone are the days when meeting attendees were content inside a hotel meeting room for the day. Over a period of time, meeting requirements have evolved and delegates are looking for enhanced...

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Ellis Salsby Ltd 30 years and counting…

Ellis Salsby Ltd 30 years and counting…

2019 represents another milestone in the journey of Ellis Salsby Ltd having been trading for 30 years. Ellis set the company up from home in 1989 with the first mobile phone not attached to a battery pack (NEC 9A for any techies reading this, was an amazing phone for...

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Chew’s Top Tips for a Sizzling Summer Party

Chew’s Top Tips for a Sizzling Summer Party

With Christmas over, and the days starting to get longer, Chew are thinking ahead to the summer. So with Pimm's in the forefront of our minds, we wanted to share our top tips on how to make your summer party SIZZLING HOT. Why not shake things up this year, with a...

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Keeping Annual Conferences Fresh

Keeping Annual Conferences Fresh

Sonia Sansom, AIEA Committee Member from E2E Events offers advice on keeping annual conferences fresh and ensuring they feel different to past events. When a client holds an event every year, it's easy to keep things the same. But if many of their delegates are the...

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The AIEA New Years Honours 2019

The AIEA New Years Honours 2019

Congratulations to all of the winners at the 2019 AIEA New Years Honours which were held on Friday at the fabulous Hilton Doubletree in Chester. We don't take ourselves too seriously at the Alliance and it's good to allow suppliers to poke a little fun at us once in a...

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A Busy Year Ahead

A Busy Year Ahead

Along with a packed schedule of Industry Events for 2019, the AIEA has a busy year planned with lots of engaging events for members. You can find additional details on SLACK but we thought this handy guide would come in useful and enable members to save the dates for...

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The Moral Compass

The Moral Compass

Stephen Morton-Prior, AIEA Member from Clearwater Events shares a view on destination selection, and the role that ethics play in the decision making process. As Event Managers, I believe we have a moral obligation to select destinations that embrace equal human...

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Happy New AIEA Year

Happy New AIEA Year

Paula Kelsey, of Cloud 9 Event Management Ltd, and incoming chair of the Alliance, looks forward to the year ahead. Firstly a very Happy New Year to all of the members, suppliers and event professionals around the globe. The Alliance has changed beyond all recognition...

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Selling a Service Rather Than A Venue

Selling a Service Rather Than A Venue

Adam Roberts, Marketing & Business Development Manager at AGM Event and Travel Solutions, AIEA Members, shares his take on how it feels to change from the supplier side to the agency side of our industry.  As a recent newcomer to the agency side of the hospitality...

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The AIEA in St Andrews

The AIEA in St Andrews

In the first formal hosted buyer group, Fairmont St Andrews kindly looked after eight-member agents in November with an amazing display of hospitality. With half of the group flying from Heathrow and the others from East Midlands we rendezvoused in Edinburgh for the...

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Is focus on ROI killing meetings?

Is focus on ROI killing meetings?

AIEA member Performance and Event Management Limited (PAEM) reflects on the significance of ROI methodology in planning events.  This blog is a response to questions raised by an Association Meetings specialist about whether focus on Return On Investment was having a...

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It’s Fore from the AIEA

It’s Fore from the AIEA

Many of the member agencies within the Alliance are often tasked with finding the unique or unusual venues for clients, and whilst each of us will often have our favourite or go to properties for these sort of requests, it is occasionally nice to go out of our comfort...

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Warwick Conferences Motivating Delegates in 2018

Warwick Conferences Motivating Delegates in 2018

The next of our guest blogs comes from the team at Warwick Conferences who are looking ahead at ways to improve their offerings in 2018 With 2018 upon us, Warwick Conferences have reflected on the constantly changing landscape of the conference and meetings industry,...

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Together we build stronger relationships

Together we build stronger relationships

As part of our New Year’s Honours initiative, we are delighted to feature the first of our supplier guest blogs, from the Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel, part of the Arora Group. Here at the Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel, we understand the importance of...

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Marketing Your Event

Marketing Your Event

Another guest blog from our pals at Pereception with thanks to Siân Peak- In today’s tough economic times, and thanks to the continued emergence of bigger, better and more cutting-edge business events, event planners need to stay ahead of the game. Strategically...

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Event Hosting Tips

Event Hosting Tips

We've another guest blog from Siân Peak | Perception this week   Planning a business event, whether large or small, requires meticulous organisation, time management and research. All the makings of a great event planner. Though when it comes to hosting the event,...

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Event Technology Trends

Event Technology Trends

Our guest blog this week comes from Siân Peak at Perception Long gone are the days of pens and paper, A1 flipcharts and overhead projectors. Business meetings and events today are much slicker thanks to the continual evolvement of event technology. Business...

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The Future of Fams?

The Future of Fams?

On Tuesday 26 September we co-hosted a breakfast forum in London with MiceBlog, on an #EventPlannersTalk event. The discussion topic was “Hosted Buyer Programmes and Fam Trips – Is It Time For A Change?” It’s an issue that has been discussed at length recently, ever...

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A Guest Perception on Networking

A Guest Perception on Networking

Our guest blog this week comes from The Perception Team, who along with Jury's who have been looking at all important tips for networking. The Perception team love to network. We understand the importance of building strong relationships both inside and out of the...

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New Orleans and All That Jazz!

New Orleans and All That Jazz!

Lauretthe McClellan shares news of her experience in New Orleans. I recently attended the Hosts Global Forum in New Orleans - a network of 50 Global DMC’S, now recently represented by Nicola Chater in the UK, whom I’m sure many of you know. What an amazing destination...

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Apprenticeships for AIEA Members?

Apprenticeships for AIEA Members?

We are pleased to feature a guest blog from Realise, who are already helping some of our members structure appropriate programmes for apprentices in the Event Industry. Realise are the ONLY approved providers of the events apprenticeship programme. The start of our...

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Make Your Voice Count

Make Your Voice Count

Although officially the Alliance has only been up and running since February, the planning and background work of the committee has been in place for almost two years, so this August when we all get together, it's really important that our members share their views....

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Some hot air from thestudio!

Some hot air from thestudio!

We're delighted to welcome another guest blog to the AIEA this week with our thanks to Julian and the team at studio venues... I’m sure as “modestly sized” agents you know as much as anyone how your priorities can change at the drop of a hat; that sudden last minute...

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Our First Guest Blog

Our First Guest Blog

We are delighted this week to share our first official guest Blog from our friends at Trident Hospitality: It’s an old cliché, but it happens to be very true in the Hotel & Events industry that ‘people buy from people’…. It may sound trite but clients like to know...

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All the Event Industry Statistics You Need To Know

All the Event Industry Statistics You Need To Know

Are you ahead or behind the curve when it comes to adopting event technology? What talent are #eventprofs looking to hire in 2017? How much do others spend on hiring venues, event promotion or content? What trends are other organisers paying the most attention to this...

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What Future for the Independent Event Agency?

What Future for the Independent Event Agency?

An article last week in M&IT caused a fair bit of a stir when a relatively new Event Agency claimed "There is no future in Venue Finding". The initial reaction by many in the industry was one of outrage and certainly many independent event agencies and members of...

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The Questions You Should Be Asking

The Questions You Should Be Asking

As busy event professionals most of us know the core questions to ask once we have sourced a venue, and the 101 questions we have asked to get to the contract stage. However, there are some key questions which we should be asking our venues and the answers might just...

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We’re Partners!

We’re Partners!

We're delighted to announce that the AIEA is working with The Meetings Show, now in it's 5th year, and we will be hosting our very own Hosted buyer Group at the event. The show takes place from 13-15 June at Olympia in London, and has really established itself as the...

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What’s App?

What’s App?

Event technology goes hand in hand with events these days and it’s rare for any event not to incorporate some sort of digital element, even if its electronic evaluation post event. Additionally, many events have their own App in addition to the more traditional...

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Awards Awards Awards

Awards Awards Awards

Yes it’s true, we are officially in Awards season with the BAFTA’s, Oscars and numerous other ceremonies celebrating the stars of stage and screen, and it’s no different for the event industry either at this time of year. The M&IT Awards which is undoubtedly the...

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Six Compelling Reasons to Work with a Boutique Agency

Six Compelling Reasons to Work with a Boutique Agency

Smaller agencies can offer big brands as much, if not more than larger agencies, in terms of value for their events and creative needs. The real appeal of a boutique agency; being able to deliver a more personalised service as well as being more flexible and...

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Life is Grand in Zurich

Life is Grand in Zurich

March 2015 saw the unveiling of the fabulous Grand Kameha Hotel in Zurich. This stunning hotel is managed by the creative and fabulous Carsten K Rath and his team, and is beautifully designed by the world renowned Marcel Wanders. With contemporary and neo-Baroque...

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New London Hotels, December 2016

New London Hotels, December 2016

As Agents, we never stop learning and always remain pleasantly surprised when we discover amazing new venues that can accommodate our clients, so the raft of new hotels coming to London in 2017 is great news for all of our members. The Ned, due to launch in the Spring...

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