National Space Centre

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Britain’s National Space Centre offers a unique opportunity to Conference organisors to give delegates an experience like none other available in UK. A truly exceptional venue that offers attention to detail, excellent F&B, support of specialist mission and events team and a choice of facilities that have the WOW factor.
If you are looking for unusual and challenging why not try the Challenger Learning Centre which gives a real life Space Centre Mission Control opportunity, great for team building with specialist trainers on hand to assist on Rocket Launch and Mission Journey developing challenges for the team to solve and Mission team to respond to commands from control headquarters. How about  having your own Space Mission purpose designed with branding etc.
The Centre also has the UK’s largest Plantia Space Theatre seating up to 158 guests and offers 360 degree dome. Using the latest state of art digital technology it presents amazing animated shows, perfect for presentations and product launch.
A Conference Suite is also available seating 200 theatre style complete with WIFI and digital projection and comfortable seating
Should you require something different for a reception how about the Rocket Tower, 42 metre high with 2 giant rockets suspended, delivering a simulated take off complete with sound and blast effects.
The is truly an amazing venue with many options, let us assist you get the best value for your next event.

Solis Hotels & Spa – Lough Eske Castle

We recently stayed at the award winning Lough Eske Castle part of the prestigious Solis Hotels & Spa which was founded by legendary hotelier Horst Schulze, who also founded the Ritz Carlton chain. The hotel is conveniently situated less than one hour from Derry with excellent daily connections from numerous UK cities to a variety of Irish airports.

Lough Eske Castle has been recognised by the Hotel industry with awards from World Luxury Hotel AwardsLuxury Country Hotel 2009 and 2010, Condé Nast Traveller-World’s Top New Hotels, US travel expert Stephanie Abrams cited it in Top Castle Hotels 2010 and it was also awarded Ireland’s Best Spa Manager – IBPA 2009 and 2010.

The Castle service team deliver an impressively friendly proactive quality service from all departments, no surprise perhaps considering its General Manager Jeroen Quick has an absolute wealth of experience. He was General Manager with the world famous Wolfgang Puck restaurant and catering operation and he hosted President Obama’s Inaugural Ball. He also worked closely with Chicago Chef Art Smith who was Oprah Winfrey’s Chef and close contributor/friend to the Obama family.

So what does the Lough Eske Castle offer? Luxurious guest rooms including a two bed presidential suite, there’s an excellent award winning Cedar Grill Restaurant with executive Chef Philipp and for business there are Boardroom and Ballroom suites that offer functions for up to 400 guests. For relaxation you can delight in the Castle’s magnificent Spa with 8 treatment rooms, exercise in the 17m swimming pool, luxuriate in the thermal suite and even try the unique Aromatherapy Associates product range which promotes the healing powers of natural plant extracts.

Plus there’s the opportunity to engage with the great outdoors. Nestling between Donegal and the famous Blue Stack Mountains the Castle provides an abundance of options with some of the finest hiking, mountain biking and surfing in the whole of Ireland. You can enjoy fishing on Lough Eske, golf on any of Donegals four championship links courses or perhaps explore Slieve League, Europe’s highest cliff face.

For all this luxury and choice, Lough Eske Castle offers rates that are hugely competitive, often 25% more affordable than main city locations.

We welcome the opportunity to assist you, to share our wonderful experience and to enjoy true value and satisfaction from a quality venue.

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The Royal Society Chicheley Hall – Conference Centre

As the Royal Society celebrates its 350th anniversary this year it has launched Chicheley Hall a prestigious residential conference centre outside of Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire, that operates as Kavil Royal Society International Centre.

The centres prime purpose is an extension of the Royal Society’s London facilities as a centre for scientific discussion and the resolution of major scientific issues.

Outside of its scientific activity the centre is available to be hired for conference and meetings, dinners, receptions, and teambuilding activities for organisations that require a special venue and service set in attractive grounds with tranquillity.

The facilities at Chicheley Hall are extensive, 4 meeting rooms, 2 lecture halls, 47 en suite bedrooms and all set in 80 acres of grounds including lake and formal gardens.

It is refreshing to see the bedrooms do not include the traditional widescreen television, preferring to provide a relaxing environment and free wireless internet connection to support the prime objective of most guests.

The Royal Society have invested £11m in the redevelopment programme in addition to the £6.5m purchase price to create this very special conference centre that will serve us all for many years to come.

Ireland – Open For Business

There seems to be an awakening, a change in awareness and perception of the cost. It’s good to see and most of all it’s fundamentally declaring Ireland is open for business and is competitive.

We have recently returned from a familiarisation trip to Dublin and its surrounding areas organised by Tourism Ireland and like other event organisers on the visit we were pleasantly surprised not just at the competitive prices but also at the positive attitude to doing business.

This is after all an island of entrepreneurs. A place where family owned doesn’t mean in need of investment, as in most of the UK, but instead is likely to mean a property that has received substantial investment in the last five years and a business now looking to do a deal to try to achieve a return.
This is the place where, or so it feels, everybody knows everybody. And all it takes to make something happen-almost anything to happen- is to find the right person to ask.

This is the Island that may have taken some time shrugging off its poverty but once it did, bot there was no stopping it.Until now. There is no denying that the recent worldwide economic downturn has hit Ireland hard.

David Boyce, Deputy Director Tourism, based in London, says “Business is tight. Things are tough-hence we at Tourism Ireland will do everything we can do to facilitate business”.

This is a place that has always offered some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery combined with its most hospitable people but it also now offers some of the most sophisticated and stylish venues. The level of investment in hotels and meetings industry infrastructure in the past five years has been truly staggering and organisers and now spoilt for choice. Rates inevitability crept up when business was good but now the Irish need event business and there are some amazing deals to be done.

Ireland still offers all the warmth, friendliness and hospitality that it always has. From the smile of a doorman to the helpful receptionist. All combined with the enthusiasm and can-do attitude that makes Ireland such a pleasure to do business in.

We look forward to September and the opening of the new Dublin Convention Centre, a world class conference venue  with a capacity of 8000 delegates  and the latest technical av systems, supported by a huge choice of hotels providing  competitive rates and excellent food. It looks like Dublin will be the place to host your next significant conference.

Dublin Invests in World Class Convention Centre

Dublin Conference Centre

How things change, Dublin one time regarded as the stag night capital has moved on through recession to now invest for the future. Dublin has invested €10 Billion in a regeneration programme of the Spencer Dock that ajoins the Financial Services Centre alongside the wonderful river Liffey.

Combining investment with technology Dublin now has a world class Convention Centre that has a capacity for 8000 delegates with the best technical support built in to make a stunning contribution to the future prosperity of Dublin.

The new Convention Centre has been designed by the award winning architect Kevin Roche and it features a stunning glass fronted atrium running the full height of the building to provide delegates a panoramic view of the river Liffey, Dublin city and the Wicklow mountains. The Centre will open for business in September, advanced bookings already indicate that this will be a popular venue.

Dublin is also is experiencing a renewed confidence in the hotel investment industry, developing additional capacity to support the increased demand created by the Convention Centre.The other significant feature is the Dublin Hotel Rates are now flexible again and very competitive group rates are available.

Dublin can now look forward to developing a strong position within the Convention market that will benefit customers with higher standards and provide much needed choice in the market place.