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09 Jun 2024

#TakeTheTimeFor5 in June

#TakeTheTimeFor5 in June

The Meetings Show to enhance content with sophisticated AI tool

The Meetings Show is planning to use Snapsight to enhance the experience of attendees and extend the life of content delivered on the show floor.

It follows a successful trial of the technology from Singapore-based Gevme at sister show The Meetings Show Asia Pacific, which captured live content and provided attendees with on-the-spot takeaways, idea clouds, and summaries from each session. The captured content was used to produce a 22-page report of the conference programme.

The paper – which can be downloaded here – analyses and distils all the insights shared by the dozens of industry influencers who presented at the inaugural event in Singapore. It touches on the most pressing issues facing the meetings and events industry – AI, sustainability, DEI, data, wellbeing etc – to provide a valuable resource for planners.

Cameron House Hotel completes multi-million-pound extension

Loch Lomond five-star resort, Cameron House Hotel, has completed the final phase of its extensive transformation with the opening of its luxury Lomond Wing.

The multi-million-pound extension adds 68 new luxurious bedrooms and suites, an impressive 700 square metre ballroom and a new loch-facing terrace.

The expansion, which completes the four-year restoration project at Cameron House, is adjoined to the main hotel building and provides stunning views of the 24-mile-long Loch Lomond with floor-to-ceiling windows across the façade. It adds to Cameron House’s existing six function spaces, including a new luxury 29-seat cinema.

Cameron House Resort also features an award-winning spa with a rooftop infinity pool, an 18-hole championship golf course, a state-of-the-art Leisure Club, and a 234-berth marina.

Event bookers prioritise wellbeing, finds research

More than three-quarters of corporate bookers prioritise wellness facilities for delegates when selecting a venue for a meeting or conference, according to research by Hand Picked Hotels.

The research, conducted by One Poll on behalf of Hand Picked Hotels, a collection of 21 luxury country houses and coastal retreats across the UK and Channel Islands, examined the priorities for 500 respondents booking meetings, events and conferences offsite in 2024.

77% of those surveyed stated the top 5 things planners look for include:

*Nutritious food and beverage offering (48%)

*A wellness walk (34%)

*A wellness experience such as breathing and relaxation techniques or yoga (25%)

*Access to spas and health club facilities (24%)

*Outdoors activity (19%)

Reed & Mackay partners with Qondor

Corporate travel and event management company Reed & Mackay has announced a strategic partnership with Qondor, the Norwegian software company that specialises in enhancing efficiency for the Meetings and Events (M&E) industry.

By optimising event operations teams' processes, Reed & Mackay anticipates a significant increase in productivity, enabling event teams to spend less time on administrative tasks and more time on delivering outstanding, creative experiences for clients.

Clients will also benefit from enhanced data-driven insights and more advanced return-on-investment event reporting. Qondor, will be available for Reed & Mackay’s events clients in the UK and the US, with a global rollout planned for later this year.

Conference Leeds hails success of Real Estate Investment and Infrastructure Forum

Conference Leeds is celebrating after successfully hosting UKREiiF, the UK’s leading platform in the regeneration, development and property sectors, for the third year running.

Leeds welcomed over 12,000 delegates to the city in May for the three-day event, which saw 800 speakers take to 40 stages and included 150 exhibitors. An additional 2,500 delegates attended 100 fringe events.

Conference Leeds estimates the forum raised more than £20m for the local economy, almost £8m more than in 2023.

Leeds will continue to be the official host of the UK’s Real Estate Investment and Infrastructure Forum until 2026.