Week in Pictures: Dreamtime 2015; Sandals fam; Smart Christmas Party

This week saw event planners visit Australia for Dreamtime 2015, the Caribbean for a Sandals fam trip and Smart Group host its Christmas party.

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Event planners from HelmsBriscoe, Capita and First Event enjoyed an all-inclusive trip to the Caribbean on 3-8 December with luxury hotel brand Sandals Resorts.

The company flew a group of nine event professionals to Antigua and St Lucia for a five-day fam trip, to showcase a range of the brand's properties across the two islands.

The first two nights of the trip were spent at the Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa, where the group made the most of the properties' facilities, which include 11 restaurants, numerous bars, and beach and watersport options. The final two days of the trip were spent in St Lucia, a one-hour flight away, with the group staying at the Sandals Regency La Toc hotel. 

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Tourism Australia, Etihad Airways, Virgin Australia, Adelaide Convention Bureau and Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Business Events hosted UK buyers from 6-12 December for Dreamtime 2015.

Following the event, which was hosted in Adelaide, event planners spent a further three days in Queensland, exploring the Great Barrier Reef. The group took part in a range of activities including scuba diving, helmet diving, helicopter rides and snorkelling. Buyers also visited Mossman Gorge and enjoyed a wildlife experience at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. 

Finsbury Square played host to Smart Group’s Christmas party on Wednesday night (9 December). At the event, which had a ‘Victoriana’ theme, guests dined on a three-course banquet and enjoyed specially created post-dinner drinks include a range of infused gins and Butterscotch vodka. The food was followed by more drinks and dancing.

Scotland’s food and drink sector celebrated its 2015 successes at an event at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) on Tuesday night (8 December), sponsored by Levy Restaurants UK.

The evening, which was attended by more than 50 stakeholders, showcased some of best in Scottish food, including canapés drawn from local producers with bites such as ceviche of Lewis salmon and mini Scotch beef Wellington.

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