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MICE newsThe Sky GardenOn the Road issue 217Hilton - ideas for meeting plannersHilton believes in the power of face-to- face connections. As a continued rally to inspire creativity and to help transform everyday events into memorable experi- ences the company announced the launch of Idea Network, an online resource cre- ated for planning professionals. With the immense amount of information shared online every day, the Idea Network fea- tures the most relevant information and trends in an easy, manageable format.Each week, articles will be added to the page, encouraging readers to share with their social channels. Current features include:• CreatingExperience:“5WaystoTurn Your Boring Meeting into a Meaningful Experience”• DrivingResults:“MeasuringYourEvent’s Success in Real Time”• BuildingConnections:“7WaystoStarta Successful Networking Group”• DoingItAllResponsibly:“GreenMeet- ings Made Easy”The Idea Network is accessible through the Connect+ homepage. Beyond con- necting planners to the Idea Network, the Connect+ website offers plannersaccess to the Hilton Elevated Discussions educational video series, planning tools like Meetings Simplified and ‘getplanning’, group offers and more.CONVENE 2015CONVENE is the premier annual Baltic Sea region business to business event for the Meetings industry. It will take place on 11 - 12 February 2015 at the Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre LITEXPO, Vilnius, Lithuania. CONVENE is an interna- tional show case for the regional meetings industry which accelerates the interest in, and demand for, holding meetings, incen- tives and conferences in the region. CON- VENE 2015 features exclusive hosted buyer programme which will accommodate 160 pre qualified senior meeting buyers from the corporate, association, agency sectors. The exhibition will feature key providers of meetings products and services from 9 Baltic Sea region destinations. CONVENE is created by Vilnius Convention Bureau.In 2015, Danish exhibitors will join a grow- ing representation from Sweden, Finland, Poland, Russia, Latvia, Estonia and Lithu- ania and there will also be representation from Lviv in the Ukraine and from Belarus. Email for more infoEvents at the Sky GardenThe Sky Garden will be “rhubarb”s” latest venue to open at 20 Fenchurch Street, London in late 2014. The space will fea- ture two restaurants, a café/bar and four dedicated event spaces over three floors. Visitors arrive to a beautiful landscaped garden at level 35.There will be three dedicated events spaces available for hire at the Sky Garden on Levels 35, 36 and 37 as well as two restau- rants and a private dining room. The ca- pacities range from 16 to 250 guests with the option to hire the entire venue witha capacity for 450 guests. There will be a wide range of menus to choose from in- cluding classic and contemporary options along with a variety of dining formats from seated meals to buffet and canapé parties. A dedicated event planner will help tailor events to any exacting tastes and require- ments. Sales & Events: T: 020 8812 3200C O N V E N EEIBTM new initiativeThe EIBTM Team has launched “MY AS- SOCIATION/MY CLUB,”to give a more flexible option to an Association Planner’s business and networking agenda at this year’s event which took place in Barcelona from 18-20 November. The programme has been designed in consultation with Association Planners through research and a dedicated Focus Group meeting.Priority has been given to “flexibility” a key request that came out of the research. Each Association Planner can now control their own itinerary, through choosing what they do, allowing time to explore the show, choose their own meetings and appoint- ments and add to them as they wish in their own Association Hub - a dedicated Club Lounge on the show floor. With dedicated networking, and their own host hotel, the Association Club also means that the attendees got to be together through- out their attendance at EIBTM 2014.Whilst the Association Planners continued to have their own dedicated education sector sessions, they will also had the flexibility to attend any of the EIBTM Knowledge Pro- gramme, defining which best suit their own business - another request that was made from those who participated in the research. And...EIBTM had over 15,500 (8% increase on 2013) industry professionals onsite for the show. With over 80% of attendees (excluding exhibitors) coming from Eu- rope, the trend underlines the American Express Meetings & Events 2015 Global Forecast presented at the event. The report indicated that the number of meetings in Europe is predicted to increase.EIBTM attracted nearly 70% of trade visi- tors from Spain supporting the country’s positive economic recovery .78,436 pre-scheduled appointments and, for the first time, self select were made between Hosted Buyers and exhibitors, a 20% in- crease over last year. ed-Programmes/My-Association-My-ClubLondon Marriott Hotel Kensington Following a £1.3 million renovation, the London Marriott Hotel Kensington has relaunched meeting and events spaces. Featuring modern design and the latest wireless technology, the hotel’s nine flexible and interchangeable rooms can host a total of 235 delegates over two floors, or up to 100 delegates in the largest meeting space.In addition, a Meeting Services App called Red Coat Direct gives event planners imme- diate communication with the hotel team, prompting an instant response without the organiser having to leave the meeting room.Page 10

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