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Nice Bankside London!

thumb_IMG_2172_1024London, UK. MICEport DMC was in London recently with our DMC in England and Wales, Metier (just as an aside – what a great team – they know EVERYTHING about London).  As part of the site inspection, we visited The Hilton London Bankside. To be honest, I was thinking that this would be just another hotel – oh was I wrong!

The Hilton London Bankside is a gem in this area of London, it has incorporated the service of a global hotel chain while remaining true to the local area. The Hilton London Bankside has 292 rooms, with over 10,000 sq ft of meeting space for 750 guests. The hotel is located on Great Suffolk Street in south east London, close to HMS Belfast, Tate Modern, Borough Market (which you must not miss!), Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, The London Eye, The Tower of London and so much more…

thumb_IMG_2176_1024The OXBO Bankside restaurant and The Distillery bar are really worth while visiting and would be great for a welcome reception for a meeting or incentive group. The OXBO Bankside restaurant has some really interesting artwork from the local area and make a real London statement.  The Distillery bar is also full of history and is located on the site of the old Stevenson & Howell fragrance factory, which distilled essential oils and manufactured essences, flavorings and garnishes during the 1800s. Now  they have been inspired by this local history, the bar has become an alchemist’s laboratory of sensations mixing signature cocktails using homemade aromatics, infusions and bitters to accent drinks. Take a quick look at the penny wall in the bar, featuring pennies dating back to the early twentieth century, it is inspired by a rumour that the building was once a coin warehouse for the Bank of England.

The meeting space is very cleverly constructed and feels very airy and comfortably lit, despite there being no natural daylight and in this case it is a plus. The largest meeting space is 9,600 sq ft and the smallest 336 sq ft.

If you have never held a meeting or incentive in London or if you have held multiple meetings and incentives in London, The Hilton London Bankside has so much to offer that is unique and authentic.  Contact MICEport DMC to see the programs that we can create for your next meeting or incentive with our fantastic London based DMC, Metier UK DMC, Claire and her team are amazing  and will truly create something special for your next London program.  Email us at inspireus@miceport.com

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Meet MICEport Partners at IMEX Frankfurt

IMEX_LOGO_2013_D_SL_BMeet Scotland, Austria, Germany, Italy, Ireland & London

MICEport’s Partners will be at IMEX Frankfurt next week. Please make sure you drop by MICEport’s Partner stands or make an appointment, they will all be more than happy to see you.  

In the meantime we have attached a quick video on 

If you would like to discuss your meeting or incentive needs from North America, MICEport’s President, Matthew, will be attending IMEX, email inspireus@miceport.com  
 

Meet MICEport’s Partners – IMEX Frankfurt

Meet MICEport’s fantastic partners at IMEX Frankfurt 21-23 May, 2013. You can make an appointment with MICEport’s Partners on the IMEX diary website:

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Destination Management Companies (DMCs)

  • Hello Scotland Scottish DMC  
  • Studio ITER Italian DMC
  • Team Seefried Austrian and German DMC
  • Wallace Travel Group Irish DMC

Hotel Companies

  • Druids Glen Resort  Irish 5 star Golf Resort 

Destinations

  • London & Partners – Official Agency promoting the city of London 

MICEport’s President, Matthew McElroy, will be at IMEX on Tuesday and Wednesday and if you would like to meet with him please email inspireus@miceport.com.

 

London – Always A Great Destination

London is always changing and is a fantastic vibrant city to have a meeting or incentive.The hotels, event venues, dine around options and unique destinations are limitless in the city.

Check out London and Partners video, it really does give a great insight into London for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events

Once you get some free time in London, MICEport would really suggest to explore the city.  You can move around the city so easily whether by tube, bus, taxi, water taxi, foot, or bike (check out our previous London blog).  Check out the Top 10 London attractions:

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2012 in London

 

MICEport at IMEX Day 1

IMEX America started with a bang yesterday and it appears that everyone in the North American incentive and meeting industry is here.  The stands are as elaborate as ever and the center is a buzz.

MICEport was here with its friends and clients Hello Scotland, Wallace Travel and London & Partners.

We also made an announcement today and we are so excited to start working with Jochen Seefried and his dynamic DMC team at Team Seefried Headquartered near Munich, Germany.  MICEport will be representing Team Seefried throughout North America and they have also joined our DMC Passport which launched earlier this year.

MICEport’s DMC now cover:

  • Ireland (Wallace Travel)
  • Scotland (Hello Scotland)
  • Spain (DMC Protocol)
  • Germany (Team Seefried)
  • Austria (Team Seefried)

All these DMCs can be found on DMC Passport (www.dmcpassport.com); North America’s Passport to International MICE destinations

I am so excited to be here this year to meet with potential new MICE Buyers and our partners – here’s to a great rest of the week.

 

IMEX America – Ireland, Scotland, London

It’s that time of year again and we are excited to be attending IMEX America!

We get to see old friends, make new friends and have a trade show where actual business is accomplised.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone and please make sure to see some of our great clients while at IMEX America.  MICEport will have some announcements at the show…

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2012 in Ireland, London, MICEport LLC, Scotland

 

London – On your bike!

Barclays Cycle Hire (BCH) or locally known as Boris bikes

I was recently in London for some meetings and a conference and I wanted to share something that I have never done in London before.

First of all I have to say – what a great city, even though I spent a lot of time growing up in London, I forgot (or didn’t realize) how easy it is to get around the city. Whether you go by tube, bus or black cab! However, on my last business trip I used the ‘new’ Barclays Cycle Hire, also know locally as ‘Boris Bikes’ after Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London introduced them to the city.

The best way is to be a ‘casual user’ if you are not a resident of London and the only costs are GBP 1 access fee a day and then it is free for the first 30 minutes, after that it is GBP 1 for one hour.  It is so easy and I have attached the UK Government link for you http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/cycling/15023.aspx.

– If you are in London for a meeting it is a great way to get around.

– If you are in London for an incentive, why not take the bike and cycle in one of the many parks in London on a Sunday morning and see the city at your own pace – I promise you will love it.

– If you are an incentive or meeting planner, I would strongly recommend this to your clients who may want some time to explore the city.

On your bike!

 

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2012 in London

 
 
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