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).