More than 300 delegates attended the HBAA annual forum from 20-21 July at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. The forum saw agencies and member venues attend a session on economic outlooks by behavioral economist and strategist Roger Martin-Fagg, while Alistair Turner from the Business Visits & Events Partnership described the government's agenda for the events industry. Guests also enjoyed an evening of dinner and entertainment at the hotel, with a British funfair theme.
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On Wednesday (22 July), event planners, PA’s, agencies, industry press, and venue suppliers attended a summer party at Westminster Boating Base, courtesy of Eventopedia and DoubleDutch. The networking event saw Eventopedia team up with Team Spirit, Perfect Pitch Music, Ministry of Sound DJ Roy Rovelli, Giant iTab and Boutique Bar Brands, to showcase Eventopedia Interactive video services and to demonstrate a different approach to networking through interactive teambuilding. The 130 guests were engaged in a networking game by Team Spirit.
The same day, C&IT checked out the Top Gear Track Experience. Post Clarkson, the show must go on, and the activity does just that at Dunsfold Park in Surrey, where the BBC hit series is filmed. A C&IT representative didn't break Matt LeBlanc's track record (it was wet!) in Star in a Reasonably Priced Car, but almost got The Stig to reveal his true identity during a Hot Lap in a Bentley. But not quite. The experience is ideal for corporate teambuilding events, receptions and small events, with a number of bespoke options available.
Monday nights through the summer at picturesque Windsor Racecourse is a local institution and C&IT was lucky enough to attend the press evening this week (20 July). The evening began with a boat ride along the Thames, followed by a tour of the facilities – which include an extensive range of spaces for meetings and events – and culminating in a number of (unsuccessful) attempts to identify winning horses. The previous week (13 July), C&IT attended Cuban Racenight at the same venue as a guest of Meliã Hotels & Resorts, along with a number of event agencies including American Express Meetings & Events, Grass Roots and BCD Meetings & Events.
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