Week In Pictures: IBTM Africa Fam Trip; Shangri-La at The Shard opening; Design Hotels Exchange

This week saw Green Route Africa host European incentive buyers for a fam trip following IBTM Africa; the delayed launch of the Shangri-La at The Shard hotel; and a Design Hotels networking event.

Week In Pictures: Africa Fam Trip; Shangri-La at The Shard opening; Design Hotels Exchange
Week In Pictures: Africa Fam Trip; Shangri-La at The Shard opening; Design Hotels Exchange
  • Green Route Africa's Cape Town fam trip

    Green Route Africa's Cape Town fam trip

  • Green Route Africa's Cape Town fam trip

    Green Route Africa's Cape Town fam trip

  • Green Route Africa's Cape Town fam trip

    Green Route Africa's Cape Town fam trip

  • Green Route Africa's Cape Town fam trip

    Green Route Africa's Cape Town fam trip

  • Green Route Africa's Cape Town fam trip

    Green Route Africa's Cape Town fam trip

  • Official launch of the Shangri-La at The Shard

    Official launch of the Shangri-La at The Shard

  • Official launch of the Shangri-La at The Shard

    Official launch of the Shangri-La at The Shard

  • Official launch of the Shangri-La at The Shard

    Official launch of the Shangri-La at The Shard

  • Official launch of the Shangri-La at The Shard

    Official launch of the Shangri-La at The Shard

  • Official launch of the Shangri-La at The Shard

    Official launch of the Shangri-La at The Shard

  • Official launch of the Shangri-La at The Shard,Design Hotels' networking event at Il Botaccio

    Official launch of the Shangri-La at The Shard,Design Hotels' networking event at Il Botaccio

  • Official launch of the Shangri-La at The Shard,Design Hotels' networking event at Il Botaccio

    Official launch of the Shangri-La at The Shard,Design Hotels' networking event at Il Botaccio

  • Official launch of the Shangri-La at The Shard,Design Hotels' networking event at Il Botaccio

    Official launch of the Shangri-La at The Shard,Design Hotels' networking event at Il Botaccio

  • Official launch of the Shangri-La at The Shard,Design Hotels' networking event at Il Botaccio

    Official launch of the Shangri-La at The Shard,Design Hotels' networking event at Il Botaccio

  • Design Hotels' networking event at Il Botaccio

    Design Hotels' networking event at Il Botaccio

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South Africa based DMC Green Route Africa hosted 12 incentive buyers from the UK, Belgium, France and Germany for a two-day fam trip following IBTM Africa, which took place from 28-30 April. The buyers explored incentive opportunities in Cape Town, including a speedboat trip to Seal Island, cocktails in the Presidential Suite of the Taj Cape Town and vintage car transfers to the 12 Apostles Hotel.

Wednesday (7 May) saw the official opening of the Shangri-La at The Shard hotel, attended by London Mayor Boris Johnson. Originally due to open in time for the London 2012 Olympics, the 202-room hotel was beset with delays, making it one of the most anticipated hotel openings in London.

The hotel revealed that since it began taking bookings for its event spaces in March its events team have been innundated with enquiries, 60% of which were for corporate events. Its three river-facing meeting rooms, when combined, can host up to 200 delegates.

Design Hotels hosted a selection of properties from its worldwide collection including the Park Hotel, Tokyo and the Nordic Light Hotel, Sweden, for a networking event at the Il Bottaccio hotel on Tuesday (6 May).

This week's top stories

1) In Pictures: A List 2014

2) Monarch launches ten UK routes

3) Exclusive: Senior events manager to leave Deloitte

4) The Shard's Shangri-La hotel finally opens

5) Brighton unveils plans for 170m-high viewing tower

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