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Sporting chance

By Paul Colston, editor, Conference News   Although the new football season can’t come fast enough for me (and Everton’s appearance in the Asia Cup signally fails to fill the void), this past weekend, showed again just how Britain can deliver the big event to packed sporting houses.

New home for baronial pile

A stately home is under new management. Fasque House in Aberdeenshire was refurbished two years ago at cost of £11m. It has joined luxury hotels Cromlix, Inverlochy Castle and Greywallls in the stable of Inverlochy Castle Management International (ICMI). The 400-acre country estate features a 19th century property, with 19 furnished bedrooms, great hall, drawing room and intimate dining room. Douglas Dick-Reid said: “Restoring Fasque House and its extensive woodland grounds to their former glory was a hugely rewarding project and we are delighted with the popularity it has enjoy

In the hot seat: Johanne Holman

Johanne Holman, director of sales and marketing at Exclusive Hotels and Venues, talks of the Rugby World Cup, Millennials and the power of face to face meetings   How did you get into the industry? I have always had a positive outlook, and in return have managed to achieve and secure each and every job opportunity within the industry I have wanted. I studied in the college of my home town in Kent where I took a Higher National Diploma in Business Studies (Travel and Tourism).

Cambridge recipe for client event success

More than 40 guests at a recent client event organised by Conference Cambridge were treated to a range of culinary delights at the  Møller  Centre . Stephen Mather, Master Chocolatier and head chef at Sidney Sussex College, gave the chocolate-making demonstration; the Møller Centre team provided the canapé masterclass; La Raza Events showed how to create cocktails; and Cheese+ offered the cheese and port tasting.

Peninsula hotel owner has designs on London property

Plans have been unveiled for a £500 million luxury meetings hotel in the heart of London. The sister hotel to Hong Kong’s Peninsula is set to open in Belgravia in 2021, new plans reveal today. According to the planning application under review by Westminster Council the hotel will have have 190 rooms, a ballroom, a spa and 28 residential apartments. It has been designed by Marylebone-based Hopkins Architects and alos features a walkway and main public entrance on Grosvenor Place and an internal “palazzo-style” courtyard. The plans, developed in partnership with landowner Grosvenor, include

How to use an ambassador

CN examines how one of the university professors helped Glasgow land the British Society for Gene and Cell Therapy Meeting and Annual Conference   Who are the academic ambassadors that bring in the valuable conferences full of international colleagues? One of the most active convention bureaus in the UK, including working with ambassadors, is the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau? For the past five years Professor Andrew Baker has held the title of British Heart Foundation Professor of Translational Cardiovascular Sciences (BSGCT)at the University of Glasgow.

London snares top web-head event

The world’s top tecchies have chosen London to host their biggest-ever event. AngularConnect, the official European Angular conference, will be held at ExCeL London’s ICC Capital Suite in October. Angular is software that helps developers produce dynamic web pages. The event at Excel is largest gathering of Angular developers in the world to date, with 1,000 international delegates expected.