Coming down the wires

The people, places and packages that are making waves across the creative events industry.

PEOPLE

Renowned exhibition organiser Simon Berger and The Main Event International managing director Kristina Hall are teaming up to produce the first Extravaganza, an events industry showcase, in Dubai next year. Taking place on 17 and 18 March at the Media City complex, Extravaganza 08 will feature companies from across the globe including the United Arab Emirates, Middle East and India. "With the events industry booming and a large number of events being staged outdoors, we are delighted that Extravaganza has decided to stage this event in one of the great outdoor venues in Dubai - Dubai Media City," said exhibitor and joint owner of Harlequin Marquees and Event Services Charles Wright.

Congress Centre, the London conference and events venue, has appointed two new members of staff. Claire Moore and Rose Reynolds join the venue's sales team as conference and sales co-ordinators. Moore was previously a conference and sales co-ordinator for Moat House Hotels and was responsible for organising events for hotels across the UK, while Reynolds worked for SkyCity Auckland, New Zealand's largest conference centre, where she organised a host of high-profile events, including a gala dinner for Cherie Blair. Both will deal with enquiries, show clients around the venue, take bookings and provide a complete event management service.

PLACES

The Ultimate Experience has increased its occupancy at City venue Old Billingsgate for 2008 with an extended contract covering 10 weeks of key event periods. The new contract increases June hire from three weeks to four and includes an additional two-week period in September, as well as a month of dates in November and December. "We will be running more than 50 events at Old Billingsgate in 2007, so we have proved the benefit of this partnership to many of London's major corporates," said managing director Sam Gill.

This autumn, Cambridge University's free venue-finding service Conference Cambridge will be unveiling new venues in its portfolio. The Stephen Hawking Building at Gonville and Caius has opened its doors, and will be joined by the Cavonius Centre and the Moller Centre. "We provide historic venues with state-of-the-art technology, leisure activities and high-quality dining," said office manager Kelly Walsh.

PACKAGES

Shanghai Blues restaurant and bar in Holborn is offering guests the chance to master the art of Chinese cooking with its new Dim Sum Challenge. Overseen by executive chef Hong Qui Feng, who was previously at Beijing International Conference Centre, it has been developed to ensure participants not only learn how to make great dim sum, but also enjoy an entertaining team-building experience with colleagues. Prices start from £75 per person for a minimum of 10 guests, and include tutoring and dinner.

Parker McMillan bar and club on Chiswell Street is launching a range of DJing workshops for corporate clients who want to promote personal confidence and inspire creativity in their guests. The events, hosted by professional club DJs and produced by Parker McMillan's in-house events team, will teach groups how to mix, scratch and spin their way to DJ superstardom. "We wanted to offer a truly unique event package to the corporate market that is cool, fun and also promotes interaction between guests. Our DJing team-building events offer guests the chance to do something completely out of the ordinary," said Parker McMillan manager Ben Abrahams.


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