What's Floating Around

What’s Floating Around – 2 January 2017

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Welcome to another week and a very Happy Cloud 9 New Year to one and all. We hope everyone had an amazing festive break and that you have come back to work fully rested and ready to tackle the year ahead.

What’s in store for 2017 we hear you ask, and the answer is – lots!

Firstly is our Ambassador Programme which continues to expand and we’re delighted to announce that in addition to the fantastic team here at Cloud 9 Towers, the first six of our nine amazing Ambassadors are up and running.

We have Fiona in Essex, Liz in Bristol, Nick in the West Midlands, Simon in Lincolnshire, Jacqueline in the North East and Cristina in Northern Ireland, all of whom are flying the flag for Cloud 9 with new clients for our venue finding service.

Our search continues in the North West, Scotland and in Wales and we look forward to introducing you to some additional members of our team soon.

New for 2017 is the AIEA, an initiative that Cloud 9 is backing all of the way and we’re pleased to announce we’ve been instrumental in its conception.

The AIEA is an Alliance of independent and privately owned event agencies working in the meetings, incentives, conference and events (MICE) sector. We are a group of unique and individual companies and as members of the AIEA we network and share our knowledge, experience and resource to enable us to provide the best quality service to our clients.

There are a large number of small to medium sized independent event agencies in the UK who are responsible for a significant proportion of the business generated in the MICE sector. Working closely with our own select client base we create very little threat to each other. Indeed, many of us have become close friends and associates. We have a great deal of knowledge and experience between us and when shared enables our individual businesses to operate more efficiently and profitably. As membership increases we believe the Alliance as a whole will quickly become one of the top 10 MICE buyers in the UK market.

The Alliance is not a competitor to any other existing association or society. We are happy to work with and alongside other organisations that benefit our industry as long as they share the same values and aims as we do.

Our suppliers are hotels and other unique venues that offer first class meeting and event space. The relationships we have with them are vitally important as they provide us, through meetings, forums, exhibitions and fam trips, the information we need and to keep our clients up to date.

The main criteria for choosing a supplier is that they fit our client brief. We are completely independent and do not favour or exclude any venue based on prearranged override or fulfilment contracts. Our suppliers also understand the value we add to the booking process and work closely with us to make sure our client’s expectations and needs are fulfilled.

You may already be working with a small independent event agent to help you find that perfect venue for your next meeting or event. You’ll know the benefits of having a very professional and personal relationship with them and having a single point of contact from start to finish. If you don’t, then why not contact one of us today and find out how we can help you.

You may not know that as small independent companies we actually talk and share our knowledge and experience on the venues we use. The AIEA has been created to help independent agents share information in order to provide you our clients with the very best service.

A new year offers a great opportunity to forward plan so if you are unwrapping your shiny new calendar, or updating your online diary, there are a few key dates we thought we would share – especially for those in the event industry.

12 Jan 2017 Meetings Morroco

18 Jan 2017 Conventa, Ljubljana, Slovenia

23 Jan 2017 DBF Be Our Guest at Goodwood

30 Jan 2017 CHS Independent Venue Showcase, Manchester

02 Feb 2017 CONFEC Red Venice

08 Feb 2017 Convene, Vilnius, Lithuania

15 Feb 2017 BNC Show London

22 Feb 2017 ACE of M.I.C.E., Istanbul, Turkey

23 Feb 2017 Meetings Space Copenhagen

01 Mar 2017 Confex Olympia London

13 Mar 2017 DBF Be Our Guest Chewton Glen

24 Mar 2017 DBF All About People & Awards Malta

27 Mar 2017 Tianguis Turistico, Acapulco, Mexico

28 Mar 2017 M&I Forum Disneyland Paris

04 Apr 2017 Conference & Hospitality Show Leeds

12 Apr 2017 Venue Expo Edinburgh

02 May 2017 Private MICE Spring Forum Ibiza

07 May 2017 The Americas Cancun Mexico

11 May 2017 CHS Awards, Royal Armouries, Leeds

16 May 2017 IMEX, Frankfurt, Germany

12 Jun 2017, DBF Be Our Guest

13 Jun 2017 The Meeting Show London

18 Jun 2017 We are Connections, Quito, Ecuador

27 Jun 2017 M&I Summer Forum Seville

09 Jul 2017 Emerging Markets Helsinki

29 Aug 2017 Private MICE Forum Ljubljana, Slovenia

30 Oct 2017 M&I Europe Forum Dubai

10 Dec 2017 Transatlantic M&I Forum Canada

We’ve lots more to report so please check back with us as we have some great news on some brilliant new events, lots of new venue and hotel news and of course our own continued plans for world domination (okay well maybe a little bit of the world!)

Have an amazing week and once again, from all of the Cloud 9 Team, Happy New Year.