Hotel Barcelona Princess

Blog-Every-Day-in-November-with-RosaliliumOn my recent trip to EIBTM I was lucky enough to stay 2 nights in the Hotel Barcelona Princess.  This is a 4* hotel in front of the CCIB International Congress facility & the new yachting harbour in Barcelona.

It is an avant-garde hotel opened in mid-2004.  There are 363 rooms with either a sea view or Barcelona skyline view (both magnificent).  There is a good complimentary wifi internet connection in all rooms, plus a complimentary minibar and use of the fitness centre and sauna.  The waterfall style hydro-massage showers in all rooms was heavenly!  The complimentary toiletries and nozzle for the hair-dryer was also appreciated.

They have 6 meeting rooms with natural daylight, with capacity for up to 200 delegates.
There are 2 external and heated swimming pools (including 1 infinity pool in the 23rd floor).

The hotel is adjacent to a major shopping centre, which I understand is one of the biggest in Barcelona (Diagonal Mar – entrance 20 meters away).  It is 8 minutes walking distance to the beach (500 meters away) and is well connected with main motorways & public transport (metro L4 Forum stop – 30 meters away).

It was a great place to stay during my time at EIBTM in Barcelona and I had a show round before my flight home.  I loved the suites and the Desigual themed hotel rooms and Loft meeting area.  To me I envisaged that the relaxed bean bags and seating in the Desigual Lounge would be perfect for an informal company brainstorming session.

Rest assured your international event would be in safe hands here.  30% of the MICE business at the hotel comes from the UK market, followed by Germany and France.  Only 8% of the bookings are from within Spain.

If you would like further information about the Hotel Barcelona Princess please contact us.  I highly recommend this hotel as a great place to stay and hold a meeting or conference during your business trip.  

Please click here to view a presentation about the Barcelona Princess Hotel including meeting room capacities and location.

Below are some pictures of the hotel.  

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Gallery Hotel Barcelona

Blog-Every-Day-in-November-with-RosaliliumDuring my trip to EIBTM as a hosted buyer I was invited to a dinner at the Gallery Hotel, Barcelona.  This is a 4* hotel located in Barcelona city centre and renovated in 2013.

The hotel has 110 rooms with complimentary internet, in-room tea & coffee and welcome water.

There are 8 meeting rooms which can accommodate up to 200 people.

It has a wonderful rooftop terrace & brand new pool.  This would be a fantastic setting for a drinks reception or party!

We had a really enjoyable dinner with great company; as is always the case when mingling with other event professionals (see my previous blog post: Personality Traits of Event Managers).  I was still smiling about the announcement that Hull is to be the UK City of Culture 2017, although I was seated next to a tourism professor who had worked on the Swansea Bay bid and so unsurprisingly he did not share my enthusiasm!  During the dinner I was asked why I love organising conferences, which inspired my blog post on the subject.

The group also has another property in Malaga, the Hotel Molina Lario.  This is a 4* Boutique Hotel located in Malaga’s historic centre with 103 hotel rooms and 6 divisible meeting rooms to accommodate up to 220 people.  Mediterranean cuisine is available at El Café de Bolsa, a courtyard and unique rooftop facilities with panoramic views of the city.

Barcelona is a fantastic city and has so much to offer.  If you are interested in receiving further details about either of these hotels please contact us.

I have posted some pictures below from our lovely evening and show round at the Gallery Hotel, Barcelona.

Congratulations Hull City of Culture 2017

Driving to the airport this morning ahead of EIBTM I heard the announcement that Hull have been chosen as the UK City of Culture 2017. I couldn’t stop smiling at the news – I am truly delighted. Well done Hull! I am sure this will bring great things for the city.

If you need the services of a good Event and Conference Manager from the area then I would also like to offer my services and expertise!

You may be interested in reading these related articles:

BBC: Hull to be City of Culture 2017

Hull named UK City of Culture 2017

Hull for UK City of Culture 2017 Events Northern Ltd blog

Hull for UK City of Culture 2017

Blog-Every-Day-in-November-with-RosaliliumToday the topic for #BEDN is ‘Favourite Folk.’ As shared in my earlier blog post My Hometown I am extremely proud of my Yorkshire roots. I want to dedicate this blog post to Hull and its people in support of their bid to become UK City of Culture 2017.  The bid is being led by the city council, which has promised to deliver a £15m programme of events in 2017 if it is successful.

As part of their bid presentation Hull have created a fantastic video which captures the quirks and spirit of the place. I particularly love the ‘Rules of Hull!’. It actually made me feel quite emotional watching this. You can watch the video below: Hull for UK City of Culture 2017 Bid Film

Hull is up against a final shortlist of Leicester, Dundee and Swansea Bay. The announcement will be made on 20th November 2013.

Hull (‘ull) – good luck- we are rooting for you!

My Hometown > East Yorkshire

Blog-Every-Day-in-November-with-RosaliliumThe Topic for #BEDN today is ‘My Hometown.’  Those of you that know me personally or follow my personal Twitter account will probably know that I am originally from East Yorkshire, but have been happily settled in Lancashire for over 11 years.  I am really proud of my Yorkshire roots but equally I love living in Lancashire!  Lancashire and Yorkshire are both stunning parts of the world and I am honoured to have lived in both.  

Despite the friendly rivalry and my jests about “living on the wrong side of the Pennines” I find there are a lot of similarities between Yorkshire and Lancashire folk with their Northern outlook on life.  I do however get a lot of stick even to this day about my accent!  

I grew up in and around Hornsea, a small seaside town on the East Yorkshire Coast.  This is a lovely part of the world just down the coast from Scarborough and Bridlington.  Beverley is 12 miles West of Hornsea and (Kingston upon) Hull (more commonly known as ‘ull) is the nearest city.

Here are some facts about Hornsea and the surrounding area:

  1. Hornsea is probably best known for its former pottery factory, Hornsea Pottery, which closed in 2000.  I understand that some of the pottery made is valuable and the biggest display can be seen at Hornsea Museum.
  2. Bettison’s Folly‘, is a Victorian tower built by a local business man in the 19th century. The tower contains the only fully working retractable flag pole in the country.
  3. Despite the sea defenses Hornsea’s primarily cliff-based shoreline is eroding at one of the fastest-known rates in Europe.
  4. Hornsea Mere is a natural lake which was created by glacial movement during the Ice Age. It is the largest freshwater lake in Yorkshire.
  5. Hornsea is at the Eastern end of the Trans Pennine Trail, which follows the old railway line from Hull to Hornsea.
  6. In 2007 Beverley was named as the best place to live in the United Kingdom in an “Affordable Affluence” study by the Royal Bank of Scotland.
  7. Cattle graze freely on Beverley Westwood so you must take care that a cow doesn’t amble out onto the road as you are driving along the Westwood!
  8. Hull was the most heavily bombed UK city after London.
  9. Hull is unique in the UK in having had a municipally-owned telephone system from 1902, with cream, not red, telephone boxes.
  10. Hull is on the 2013 short list of places vying for UK City of Culture 2017, along with Dundee, Leicester and Swansea Bay.
  11. The Humber Bridge was built between 1972 and 1981, and at the time was the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world. It is now seventh on the list.
  12. The city has been the birthplace and home to many notable people including William Wilberforce who was instrumental in the abolition of slavery and Amy Johnson, aviator, who was the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia.
  13. Notable alumni of the University of Hull include former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott and the poet Philip Larkin.
  14. Hull lies at the Eastern end of the M62.
  15. P&O ferries operate daily services overnight from Hull to Rotterdam and Zeebrugge.

Credit to Wikipedia for many of these facts and the map above.

Lancashire Tourism Awards

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The topic for #BEDN today is ‘A Day in the Life‘ so we thought we would share a little bit about what we have been up to!  Yesterday (7th November 2013) Becki and Gill from Events Northern Ltd were lucky … Continue reading

Liverpool – the UKs friendliest city

Congratulations to Liverpool, winners at two important award ceremonies recently!

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Readers of Conde Nast Traveller voted Liverpool “the UKs most friendliest city” for the second year running and also recognised it as a place that offers best value for money.  The 2011 awards also maintained Liverpool’s position as the 4th Favourite UK City for the second successive year, ranking only behind London, Edinburgh and Bath.

A few weeks later readers of Group Leisure magazine named Liverpool the “best UK city.” Travel industry professionals’ voted Liverpool their favourite place ahead of Cardiff, London and York.

Liverpool has benefited from major investment in recent years, resulting in new attractions, hotels and events which, together with a rich culture and heritage, play a vital part in attracting first time visitors and encouraging others to return.

The Albert Dock, Liverpool

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Chief Executive of The Mersey Partnership, Lorraine Rogers commented: “This is a fantastic acknowledgement for Liverpool. Anecdotally Liverpool is often known for its friendly welcome and the warmth of its people – but for this to be officially recognised by readers of one of the leading and most discerning travel magazines for the second year running is a major accolade for the destination. This is a tribute to the taxi drivers, tour guides, hoteliers and everyone who works in the Visitor Economy.”

“We have a great range of world class venues, attractions and hotels which appeal to leisure and business visitors and this asset combined with the warmth of the people and the welcome we give visitors which encourages them to spread the word about what a great time they’ve had. The people of Liverpool are one of our important assets and this award is a very special endorsement.”

“The city has a strong appeal to all types of groups; international visitors on their first trip

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to Britain attracted by our Beatles links; UK groups wanting to see our cultural attractions and spectacular Waterfront – part of the Unesco World Heritage Site- and those looking for fantastic shopping at Liverpool One followed by the legendary nightlife.”

Liverpool City Region’s Visitor Economy currently generates visitor spend of £2.8billion and is estimated to support approximately 41,000 jobs a year.

Rob Yandell, editor of Group Leisure, added: “The group travel market is still incredibly strong. Our readership of active group travel organisers has a tough job ensuring everything they plan runs smoothly so it is particularly interesting to see who, what and where they think is the best.”

Events Northern Ltd love holding events in Liverpool and can confirm that it certainly offers a warm welcome and is a fantastic destination for those attending events in the city.

Would you agree that the Liverpool welcome is friendlier than other UK cities?  What sets the “Liverpudlian” welcome above all others in your opinion?

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