office* exhibitor show highlights 2014: Hotels, venues & business travel

Tuesday 7th October marks the return of office* – the UK’s biggest annual event for the PA and executive support community.  The popular two-day show, taking place at London’s Olympia, will feature over 175 exhibiting companies.

Lufthansa PartnerPlusBenefit, STA Business Travel, Emirates Old Trafford, Aveqia London, Draper Management, Dreamhouse Apartments, Classic British Hotels, Zest Venue Solutions, The Rooms at Browns - All Bar One, and Shire Hotels and Spas are just some of the new exhibitors confirmed for 2014.

Now just four weeks’ away, office* has released a preview of just some of the new services available from exhibiting business travel providers, hotel operators, and venues.

Hotels, Venues, Event Management & Activities

In celebration of Perception’s 10th Birthday this October, the team will be hosting a range of special birthday events at office*, including a luxury prize-giveaway and a Record-a-Song event at the world-renowned Abbey Road Studios.  Pre-book a meeting with Perception Sales & Marketing and have the opportunity to open a special golden envelope containing a long list of luxury prizes (stand 2031).

Alton Towers Resort & Thorpe Park Resort is showcasing several thrilling new additions this year.  Offers at The Alton Towers Resort in November include a complimentary exclusive ride of 'Air' (one of the resort’s most adrenaline-charged roller coasters).  Whilst Thorpe Park Resort has launched 90 bite-sized rooms at the new Thorpe Park Shark Hotel (stand 5038).

Go Ape Corporate Events, the company that brought the spirit of adventure to the UK with its multi-award winning forest adventures, will be attending their first office* show this year.  They’ll be demonstrating how their friendly team can help organise a corporate day out that clients and colleagues are guaranteed never to forget (stand 5061).

New exhibitor One Moorgate Place is showcasing its beautiful historical building, which caters for private dining, meetings and conferencing.  They will be tantalising visitors’ taste buds at the show, with delicious canapés prepared by their in-house Executive Chef (stand 1044).

Pets are now welcomed in all five of The Ascott Limited’s Central London Citadines Apart’hotels serviced apartment residences.  Guests’ four-legged friends will be able to stay with their owner, whether it’s a business trip or pleasure.  They will be running a ‘Name the Dog’ competition at office* (stand 3048).

Manchester Conference Centre has re-launched its newly refurbished, rebranded venue as the Manchester Conference Centre & Pendulum Hotel.  With 18 suites, including 2 tiered theatres, there’s a strategic space for any event – from seminars to exhibitions to annual balls.  It is an independent purpose built venue, with a unique city centre location (stand 6010D, in the AIM Pavilion).

The refurbishment at Friends House is nearing completion with a 1,000 capacity spectacular contemporary events space called The Light.  An unveiling of The Light will take place at office* and will showcase the unique concept and build of the venue, which has sustainability at its core (stand 5016).

Conference Coventry and Warwickshire has launched a new website for 2014.  Conference bookers will be able to use this up-to-date and responsive website as a ‘one stop shop’ to discover a host of Coventry and Warwickshire venues across multiple technology platforms.  The website has been radically improved, with significant developments to the user experience and the content management system (stand 2046).

To mark the launch of its new Hilltop Reserves, the stunning five star Isle of Eriska, located two hours north of Glasgow has launched its Hilltop Spa Getaway.  The three night stay will cost £499 per person and includes indulgent spa treatments and an exquisite dinner (Perception Sales & Marketing, stand 2031).

Lee Valley VeloPark & Lee Valley White Water Centre are ideal for team building or entertaining clients.  These unique venues offer packages to suit all budgets.  Take the ‘water wipeout’, raft on the rapids, or race on the fastest velodrome track in the world (stand 5001).

Stick It On is a very simple – and completely unique – concept that has been rocking parties for over a decade.  Party guests get the opportunity to work the decks like superstar DJs as they ‘wow’ their colleagues and friends with 15 minutes worth of their favourite tunes (stand 3060).

KDM Events – Team Building, Entertainment and Event Management is offering free hand massages and spa day prize draws at office* to highlight their fresh collaborative team exercise ‘Castaway’.  Other new team event ideas featured for 2015, include interactive themed event ‘The English Job’ and collaborative group task ‘Bridging the Gap’ (stand 6061).

Sundial Group – Venues, Team Building & Venue Finding is launching a new selection of all-inclusive meeting packages with team building.  To learn more about the packages and understand how the activities provide ROI with experiential learning, they will be exclusively inviting office* attendees to free team building taster days (stand 5064).

The expert global venue finding and event management teams at CCD Global Events can help find the perfect solution for any event.  They’re celebrating 20 years in the events industry and are offering visitors to office* a chance to win Afternoon Tea at the Ritz (stand 3034).

With over 20 years’ experience within the corporate, hotel and leisure industry, First4venues Limited understand the importance of finding the right venue, worldwide, for any event.  Clients like the friendly, efficient and free service, and the business has grown through positive word of mouth recommendations.  They will be offering lucky visitors the chance to win a B&B stay (stand 3064).

Launched earlier this year, wefindvenues.com is a free service that aims to simplify finding and booking venues through an innovative online approach.  Customers can place an enquiry via the website, which is then sent to a selection of suitable venues by a team of expert venue finders.  wefindvenues.com doesn't share customer contact details, instead they use an online messaging function that allows venues and customers to interact (stand 4043).

Business Travel

CTI Corporate Travel International is inviting office* visitors to see the world’s smartest online travel booking tool – CTI Sherpa – in action for a chance to win a FabYouLess Card – the UK’s largest beauty, hair and fitness discount card.  CTI Sherpa is the only booking tool that can automatically identify when an online fare can be bettered by an offline approach.  CTI will also be holding a drinks reception after the show on the 7th October.  Visit www.cti.co.uk/office for further information and tickets (stand 6041).

With a recently updated, mobile app and web booking portal, GetTaxi now provide the most seamless taxi booking and account management service in town; serving many of the largest accounts in the UK.  Whether finance, operations, facilities, admin support or the cab rider – all stakeholders benefit from GetTaxi (stand 2042).

Giles Travel is promoting their door to door theme with new executive chauffeur service Giles Drive.  Operating everyday of the year, Giles Drive promises to deliver the highest level of customer service with experienced and professional drivers.  Service includes a choice of newspaper, radio station and competitive rates (stand 1002).

Tristar Worldwide Chauffeur Service, one of the world’s leading chauffeur service providers, has announced that its 450 strong fleet will be 100% Mercedes by the end of the year.  They will then have the largest UK fleet of Mercedes-Benz private hire vehicles; including a mix of Mercedes E Class, S Class, Viano and luxury Sprinter mini coaches (stand 4049).

London City Airport (LCY) is the UK’s leading business airport and the only airport actually in London – just three miles from Canary Wharf and less than 25 minutes’ by Tube and DLR from the City and West End.  LCY offers flights to more than 40 destinations across Europe and New York and a unique rapid transit proposition – a short check in (20 minutes’ door to lounge) and shorter arrival (15 minutes’ tarmac to train).  They will be offering visitors free manicures and the chance to win free flights at office* (stand 5003).

Global Travel Management Limited is a business travel agency based in Woking, Surrey.  New for 2014, is its new mobile itinerary application, which enables PAs to communicate with their business travellers every step of the way.  They are also running a competition to win £100 worth of beauty products at office* (stand 5031).

Grosvenor Travel Management’s new online booking engine ‘G-Booker’ is now available to new and existing clients.  The software gives clients the dual advantage of being able to combine in-house reservations online, with the assurance of an expert quality check before ticketing (stand 6048).

Private Jet Charter is promoting its unique loyalty card scheme specifically for PAs and EAs who are responsible for arranging and booking their company's private aircraft travel requirements.  Diamond Rewards earn points that may be exchanged for reward gifts from iPods and iPads to Jimmy Choo shoes (stand 6046).

office* 2014 returns to Olympia, London, on 7-8 October.  Returning show features include the Keynote Theatre, AIM Accredited Destination and Venue Village, HBAA (Hotel Booking Agents Association) Hub, benefit Pamper Parlour, and the pa-assist.com Networking Hub.

To register for a free entry ticket to office* (including admission to the Keynote Theatre and office* Theatre 3), please visit www.officeshow.co.uk and use priority code OFF402 (direct link: http://www.eventdata.co.uk/Visitor/Office14.aspx?TrackingCode=OFF402).

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Media enquiries & press pass requests:
Emma-Louise Jones, PR Manager 

Editorial representatives of relevant trade and consumer media (including freelancers) are invited to apply for press passes to office* by email to ejones@divcom.co.uk.  Please note, additional details may be requested to verify journalistic activity and all press passes are issued at the management’s discretion. 

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office* exhibitor enquiries
David Maguire, office* Event Manager 
t: 44 (0)1273 645127  e: dmaguire@divcom.co.uk 
Website: www.officeshow.co.uk 
Twitter: www.twitter.com/officeshow 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/office/116716991701373 
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Notes:

office* was shortlisted for ‘Best UK Trade Show Exhibition (under 2,000m2)’ at the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) Excellence Awards in both 2013 and 2014.

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Diversified Communications UK (Diversified UK) is a fast growing trade event organiser and publisher based in Brighton, Peterborough, Leamington Spa, and Nailsworth, Glos.  In addition to office*, Diversified UK’s portfolio includes SITS – The Service Desk & IT Support Show; ServiceDesk360; Casual Dining; Natural & Organic Products Europe; Natural and Organic Awards; Nordic Organic Food Fair & Natural Products Scandinavia in Malmö, Sweden; camexpo; Natural Products magazine; Natural Beauty Yearbook; Ocean Business (including Offshore Survey Conference & Ocean Careers); OceanBuzz; MARELEC Marine Electromagnetics conference (in Philadelphia, USA); Euro Bus Expo; Coach and Bus Live; Best of Britain & Ireland; The Route One Operator Excellence Awards; The National Coach Tourism Awards; Route One magazine; and Coach Monthly.  For more information, visit: www.divcom.co.uk.

Diversified UK is part of Diversified Communications, a leading international media company providing market access, education and information through global, national and regional face-to-face events, eMedia, publications and television stations.  Diversified serves a number of industries including: seafood, food service, natural and organic, healthcare, commercial marine, and business management.  Based in Portland, Maine, USA, Diversified employs over 800 staff, with divisions in the Eastern United States, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Thailand and the United Kingdom.  For more information, visit: www.divcom.com

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Diversified Communications UK Ltd (Diversified UK) is a fast growing trade event organiser and publisher based in Brighton, Peterborough, Leamington Spa, and Nailsworth, Glos. Its brand portfolio includes: • Casual Dining (24-25 February 2016, Business Design Centre, London) www.casualdiningshow.co.uk • British Tourism & Travel Show - Best of Britain & ireland (16-17 March 2016, NEC, Birmingham) www.tourismshow.co.uk • Ocean Business, Offshore Survey Conference & Ocean Careers (April 2017, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton) www.oceanbusiness.com • Natural & Organic Products Europe (17-18 April 2016, ExCeL, London) www.naturalproducts.co.uk • Geo Business (24-25 May 2016, Business Design Centre, London) www.geobusinessshow.com • SITS - The IT Service Management Show (8-9 June 2016, Olympia, London) www.servicedeskshow.com • MARELEC International Marine Electromagnetics conference www.marelec.co.uk • lunch! (24-25 September 2015, Business Design Centre, London) www.lunchshow.co.uk • camexpo (26-27 September 2015, Olympia National Hall, London) www.camexpo.co.uk • Coach & Bus Live (30 September - 1 October, 2015, NEC, Birmingham) www.coachandbuslive.com/ • office* (13-14 October 2015, Olympia National Hall, London) www.officeshow.co.uk • Natural Products Scandinavia & Nordic Organic Food Fair (1-2 November 2015, MalmöMassan, Sweden) www.naturalproductsscandinavia.com & www.nordicorganicexpo.com • Euro Bus Expo (1-3 November 2016, NEC, Birmingham) www.eurobusxpo.com • Natural Products is Britain’s leading trade magazine for the natural and organic products industry (www.naturalproductsonline.co.uk) • The Natural Beauty Yearbook is the UK’s only dedicated trade guide to the natural and organic beauty and personal care market (www.naturalbeautyyearbook.co.uk) • Ocean Buzz is the weekly ocean technology eNewsletter providing the latest news and information from the industry (www.oceanbuzz.co.uk) • ServiceDesk360.com is a news, comment and discussion site dedicated to connecting, informing and learning within the ITSM community (www.servicedesk360.com) • Route One is the market-leading coach and bus industry weekly magazine (www.route-one.net) • Coach Monthly is the leading magazine for the coach tourism community, read by coach operators, tour planners and industry professionals (www.route-one.net) • Route One is the market-leading coach and bus industry weekly magazine (www.route-one.net) Diversified UK is part of Diversified Communications, a leading international media company providing market access, education and information through global, national and regional face-to-face events, eMedia, publications and television stations. Diversified serves a number of industries including: seafood, food service, natural and organic, healthcare, commercial marine, and business management. Based in Portland, Maine, USA, Diversified employs over 800 staff, with divisions in the Eastern United States, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

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