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Arrested in Marrakech – a site visit with a difference!

By | Business Events, Locations

A visit to Marrakech is always exciting. I love the sounds and the smells (yes, even the horse wee in the Jma El Fna); the sight of flea-ridden kittens begging scraps from the food sellers, and the snake charmers who generally don’t realise they aren’t charming anyone because it’s such a revolting sight. Imagine then, on top of all this hoo-haa, the further excitement of actually being arrested! You might be wondering what being arrested…

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Avoid emotional decisions to get the best from your venue budget

By | Business Events, Project Management, Venues

When searching for a venue often the location, brand, style, look and feel will catch your attention and tempt you to book it. It is scientifically proven that buying decisions, even in business, are emotionally-driven and then justified later, when the hard, cold facts and features are made to fit the decision – even if they are not deserved. This is why you have to look much deeper after initially identifying a venue for your…

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How to prevent your event budget from being stolen

By | Business Events, Project Management

Working with new event partners and suppliers needs careful process management. None of us are exempt from the ever-increasing sophistication of scammers, and this story serves as a warning when working with new and unknown suppliers – especially on one-off jobs in the Middle East and Africa regions. An established and experienced partner, a Europe-based production company was almost conned out of many thousands of event budget euros. The disaster was avoided, but the lesson…

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Tales of travel in emerging markets: Don’t be afraid to scream in Cairo

By | Locations

You can’t check-in at Cairo airport without going through security first. I’ve done it lots of times and I should have known better than to try… A mid-afternoon flight back to London means long queues in the airport, anyway, so no news there and nothing out of the ordinary. Until that is, you change your flight at the last minute and you don’t have a printer to print out your e-ticket. Because, at the time…

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