The Business Travel Magazine Dec/Jan 2019/20



M e e T I n g P L A c e

“probably the

best awards

in travel. It’s

so motivating

for our staff

to see their

name in lights

and socialise

with industry


Nominations open

January 2020


ihg says 'meet on Us'

with new Voco brand

iHG Has launched a 'Meet On Us' campaign designed to

drive groups and meetings business across its year-old Voco

hotels brand. Aimed at occasional meeting planners, those

booking more than ten guest rooms per night at any Voco

hotel will be offered a complimentary meeting room.

The promotion applies to all bookings made before 1st

February 2020 for group stays, meetings or events taking

place before 31st December 2020. The launch comes as IHG

has set its sights on opening more than 200 Voco hotels over

the coming 10 years. Since launching a year ago, IHG has

opened Voco properties in Cardiff, Solihull and Oxford, as

well as two in Australia (Gold Coast and Hunter Valley) and

two in the Middle East (Riyadh and Dubai).


Average food wastage at

meetings and events

The average event

wastes between 15%

and 20% of the food it

produces, according

to a report from Lime

Venue Portfolio and

BCD. "Food waste

isn’t about ignorance,

it’s about changing

behaviour", it says, as

the report addresses

the 'Fear of Running

Out' syndrome



m&E sTancE

sustainaBiLitY will be a key

consideration for the meetings

and events industry in 2020,

says CWT Meetings & Events.

As part of its M&E 2020 Future

Trends report, the TMC has

published a Future of Sustainable

Events guide in which it says

sustainability will be an ever more

important business consideration

for the $840billion industry.

“It’s supported by the next

generation of travellers – the

millennials who are poised to

become the biggest group of

business travellers globally from

2024 onwards, and the centennials

who are right behind them,” says

says Derek Sharp, Senior Vice

President and Managing Director,

CWT Meetings & Events.

They want to continue meeting

in popular destinations, but they

are also hyper aware of the need

to adopt sustainable practices that

respect the environment and local

communities wherever they go.”


nEW TEch for

laTE BookErs

HaLLMarK HotELs has

launched a new online system to

make meeting room bookings for

up to 20 delegates quicker than

ever, “for a new generation of last

minute organisers”. The group has

seen a 15% increase in small

group meeting enquiries online.

The new functionality - which

works across 22 of the group's

hotels nationwide – simply takes

details of group size, preferred

hotel, date and contact details for

bookers to secure a meeting

space at any time of day. Small

group meetings account for

almost 50% of all the group’s

online meeting queries.


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