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inVOYAGE joins SITE GB for hotel commission debate

inVOYAGE joined incentive industry association SITE GB’s ‘Don’t Mention the C Word’ debate on the hot topic of hotel commission cuts at Andaz London last week. A panel of agencies and hotel representatives discussed the implications of recent announcements from Marriott and Hilton that commission paid to third party agencies would be slashed from 10% to 7% for group bookings made at their US and Canada hotels. Pauline Bergé, Regional Director of Luxury Sales - Luxury Brands at Marriott International, kicked...

Experience This… luxury expeditions with Scenic Eclipse

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has announced a second six-star Discovery Yacht, to join the forthcoming Scenic Eclipse. The first Scenic Eclipse will launch this year and the second in 2020, featuring 114 all-verandah suites, nine restaurants plus eight lounges and bars. Relaxation areas include a luxurious Spa Sanctuary, separate fitness areas and indoor, outdoor and plunge pools, as well as a marina deck, and helicopters and a submarine. The 2020 tour will take Scenic Eclipse on her maiden voyage from Athens to...

Spotlight on… Trump International Hotel Washington DC

Step inside the former office of the Washington DC Post Office and check in to the city’s five-star retreat with a timeless historic ambience. The Trump International Hotel Washington DC affords high-end travellers a very comfortable experience in the heart of the nation’s capital. Following a respectful restoration, the luxury hotel has opened to provide a lasting historic footprint with a nod to European heritage and the building’s Romanesque elements. The 263 rooms and suites are beautifully appointed and the former...

Black Tomato’s David Heron on… top destination trends

David Heron, Co-head of incentive specialist Black Tomato Agency, on the hot destinations for incentives in 2018, plus why Oman, Canada and India are the ones to watch for 2019 and beyond. What are the hottest destinations for incentive travel in 2018? The typical client brief is looking for something new – so destinations like Nepal, Peru, Japan, Uganda have been received well so far. Which destinations do you think will emerge as real new contenders for incentives in the next couple...

inVOYAGE reveals exciting new partnerships for 2018

inVOYAGE is thrilled to announce several new partnerships aimed at developing deeper knowledge and relationships across its key markets following its continued annual growth and in line with its commitment to industry collaboration. The appointment of ‘Market Curators’ both in the UK and across the DACH markets of Germany, Austria and Switzerland is the beginning of a think global, act local initiative to support buyer qualification at inVOYAGE. UK market expert Henriette Speed, founder of Just the Letter B, a representation...

5 of the best luxury hotels in Amsterdam

With the recent launch of Eurostar’s first non-stop service from London to Amsterdam, the Dutch city is easier to get to than ever. It also boasts an impressive array of high-end hotels ideal for meetings and incentives. From historic Grand Dames, to quirky boutiques, here’s five of our favourites… W Amsterdam Split across two unique buildings, a former telephone exchange building and a bank, W Amsterdam is an intriguing design mix of heritage and contemporary style. Located in the city centre...

Spa escapes at the Iberostar Grand Portals Nous

Majorca has welcomed back the opulent Iberostar Grand Portals Nous this spring following a sleek revamp by designer Marcel Wanders. Take a trip to the seafront destination for a wellness break at the hotel’s new Physica spa, designed to reward and restore. The exclusive spa features decadent products from cosmetics brand Babor and skincare experts Perricone MD. Bespoke treatments can be created for each guest, tailored to both their health and beauty preferences, while the water circuits at the spa...

Spotlight on… Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris

Visitors to the City of Light are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing luxury properties, but Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris boasts an enviable and convenient location for business travellers. Set in the very heart of Paris, within steps of the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysées, this chic retreat combines French elegance with art de vivre. Inside the 85 rooms and 64 suites, guests can admire the original architectural features of this striking building, which combine effortlessly...

60 seconds with… M&IW’s Paulomi Debnath

After 15 years in hotel sales for brands including Hilton, Radisson, Corinthia and Starwood, Paulomi Debnath moved into global hotels and venues procurement in 2016 for US event agency Meetings & Incentives Worldwide (M&IW). M&IW was a client that Paulomi managed for several years and when they approached her for the role, it was an ideal opportunity to step out of her comfort zone and join the other side. Being an explorer at heart, planning the next trip, be...