made founder and Managing Director Jonathan Mountford has just returned from Las Vegas from this year's Travel Leaders Conference, representing a host of the best shows from both the West End and Broadway.
Vince and Alastair are busy today talking about the amazing shows in the Broadway Collection at Northern Ireland Travel News’ BIG Travel Trade Event 2018, the biggest B2B event for the Travel Trade in Northern Ireland and their suppliers.
made are representing a host of the best shows from Broadway including Wicked, Waitress and Chicago working with the wonderful team at Attraction World.
Together with ATG Tickets, made has just returned from the WI's Annual Meeting held this year in Cardiff. Representing a host of West End shows including Witness For The Prosecution, 42nd Street, Chicago, Les Mis, MAMMA MIA!, Wicked, Bat Out Of Hell, The King And I Nativity, Strictly Ballroom and Disney's Aladdin.
It was another great Golden Keys Roadshow for made and our clients. This year, we represented our clients across two different stands, focusing on West End Theatre exhibiting with Albermarle Tickets and another stand featuring key London attractions.
made recently organised a special trade evening on behalf of our client Opera Australia. John Quertermous, Tourism Director for OA is currently in the UK meeting with key tour operators and travel agents who sell for Australia.
Bat out of Hell, the West Ends newest muscial, home to The Dominion Theatre partnered with made to celebrate their opening. made invited a wide variety of guests from the travel trade to join them for one night only to see the roaring success that is Bat out of Hell.
made were also proud sponsors of the drinks held at the Radisson Blu Hotel prior to the performance.
We had a fun-filled renaissance morning at Target-Live’s media launch event for Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre - Europe’s first ever pop-up Shakespearean theatre. The historic city of York will be home to The Rose and its exciting season from June until September 2018.
made have just been at London Olympia for another year of the Music & Drama Education Expo.
Working with See Tickets' Education Department, made represented both of Disney's London productions; The Lion King & Aladdin alongside The Phantom Of The Opera and Les Mis.
The made team have been very busy meeting hundreds of people at one of London's biggest consumer travel shows; Destinations. Over the four-day event, made represented Super Break and a host of musicals both in London and New York including Chicago, Wicked, Anastasia and many more.
made MD Jonathan and Senior Account Manager Tom Sanderson have just returned from the New York Times Travel Show, joining over 550 exhibitors representing more than 170 destinations. The exhibition included unforgettable cultural performances and tastes from the world's most delicious destinations.
Guests of made were invited to the opening night of Cirque de Soleil's newest production OVO at Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday evening.
Jonathan and Billi-Jo from the made team are at the 48th edition of Vakantiebeurs, the best and most inspiring holiday event in the Netherlands.
made recently co-ordinated a FAM trip to the brand new British musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie which is currently playing at the Apollo Theatre in London. Selected key travel professionals attended the hit new show to what everybody is talking about.
made were getting into the Christmas spirit together with ATG Tickets (Love Theatre) at this year's Ideal Home Show at Christmas.
We can feel the winter chill and festive feelings in the air which goes hand in hand with mulled wine, mince pies and ice skating! made and our guests were invited to get into the festive spirit early and experience Skate at Somerset House before it officially opens to the public on the 15th November.
made recently hosted special guests at the Natural History Museum's Ice Rink for a special evening of skating and prosecco.
Yesterday Tom and Laura from the made team hosted key travel professionals and group bookers on a trip to York for the media launch of Shakespeare's Rose Theatre, Europe's First Ever Pop-up Shakespearean Theatre.
Jonathan has recently been in Toronto as part of our Canada sales mission, connecting key British tourism suppliers with buyers from Toronto & Greater Canada.
Yesterday, made were delighted to attend and co-ordinate a sneak peek tourism FAM trip for our new client and central London’s newest attraction The Postal Museum ahead of the official opening this Friday 28th July.
Invited guests of made were invited to attend a special performance of On The Town which is currently playing at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre for a strictly limited season.
The 2017 Group Travel Awards, took place on Friday 2nd June 2017 at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in London celebrating the very best suppliers in group travel and was hosted by accomplished sportsman and international tennis player Dan Lobb.
Great for Groups - The Beautiful South 2017 took place on Wednesday 26th April at Kempton Park Racecourse and attracted over 600 group travel organisers, tour operators and other travel trade visitors.
John from the made team attended the event, representing Wicked alongside over 120 other attractions and companies that were exhibiting.
We were thrilled to attend this year's return of Classic FM live on Tuesday 18th April at the Royal Albert Hall.
Together with SEE Tickets & ATG Tickets, made were in attendance at the 2017 WI Fair at Alexandra Palace, 29th March - 1st April.
Today we're exhibiting on the 'House of Britain' stand at Vakantiebeurs, in Utrecht.
The made team have been proud to be working with both See Tickets & Ticketmaster, designing and creating their stands for this key event on the travel industry's calendar.
Londoners are used to spotting the occasional theatre star on the street — but they tend to be less conspicuous than this one.
Trunk road: Oona the elephant causes a scene at Baker Street. Puppeteers were taking the model to rehearsals of Running Wild, based on a Michael Morpurgo book Alex Lentati.
Life-sized elephant puppet Oona stopped tourists in their tracks as it was taken to Baker Street for rehearsals of a new play, based on a book by Michael Morpurgo.
Oona stars in Running Wild, which is being staged by Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (a client of made) this summer and tells the story of a boy’s adventures in Indonesia after a tsunami hits.
The model was created by some of the team behind the West End adaptation of Morpurgo’s War Horse. It will share the stage with the professional cast, as well as about 20 local young people recruited for the show.
Last night we attended the Gala Opening of EXHIBITIONISM the first international exhibition on The Rolling Stones. Our client iEC (International Entertainment Consulting) have taken over the entire two floors of the Saatchi Gallery with 9 thematic galleries, EXHIBITIONISM combines over 500 original Stones' artefacts, with striking cinematic and interactive technologies offering the most comprehensive and immersive insight into the band's fascinating fifty year history.
ITB Berlin is the world's largest travel trade fair which provides a unique opportunity to look behind the curtain of the global tourism industry. Since the 60’s the exhibition area has increased from 580 to 150,000 square meters and has become the largest travel trade show in the world. Encore Tickets, Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones, Wembley Stadium Tour, Blenheim Palace and English Heritage exhibited on the made stand. We met with over 110,000 trade visitors and over 7,000 travel journalists over the five-day convention.
Congratulations to our client Ana Araque from The View From The Shard on winning the European Group Travel Award for Best Visitor Attraction. The awards were last held night at the prestigious Intercontinental Berlin, a modern upscale hotel in the heart of Berlin. The evening began at 7pm with cocktails sponsored by made, followed by dinner and the awards ceremony. The awards are staged annually as a partnership between Landor Travel Publications and leading international group specialist HotelPlanner.com.
On such a prestigious night, it seemed only right that the biggest exhibition hitting London this year was centre stage.
The VisitBritian French workshop is a key date in the calendar for discussing tourism opportunities with the UK's closest neighbour...
This exclusive event happened yesterday at London’s The Alleycat Club. The Alleycat Club sits in the basement of the fabled Regent Sound Studios which was set up at 4 Denmark Street in the 1960s. With the Rolling Stones recording their first album there!
Pictured from left to right at The Alleycat Club are: Caroline Rose, Assistant Buyer at Golden Tours, Hitesh Raja, Director of Global Sales and Marketing (Strategic Partnerships) at Golden Tours and Chelsey Smith, Product Manager at Attraction World.
Thanks to 'Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum and Mason', our travel trade friends were able to experience a fabulously festive evening at beautiful Somerset House. Following a long week of WTM, our guests took to the ice at this iconic and historic location. As well as showing off their skills on the ice, guests were able to relax with a glass of mulled wine at Tom’s Skate Lounge before perusing Fortnum and Mason’s stylish pop up in the Christmas Arcade.
Open until the 10th of January, Skate is not to be missed!
Tonight Natalie and I (Jonathan) have been invited to the Press & Marketing private view of Goya: The Portraits at The National Gallery, London. Over the past few months we have been working with the Marketing Department at the Gallery to attract Spanish, Latin American and French tourists to this milestone exhibition. Overseas tourists will have the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the remarkable skill of one of Spain’s most celebrated artists.
On Friday and Saturday we exhibited at the GTOA (Group Travel Organisers Association) Showcase Weekend 2015 at the Newcastle Marriott hotel. The GTOA is an independent organisation representing the interests of those who organise tours and trips for groups as well as those who provide services for group travel. The Association has over 200 supplier members that provide GTOs with information on everything from tours, hotels and destinations to museums, galleries, gardens and attractions.
Pictured are Natalie from made and Keith Prince a member of GTOA.
The headline sponsor of the weekend was our client The Glenn Miller Story a new musical, currently touring the UK and starring Tommy Steele.
International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association FAM trip to Kinky Boots the Musical at London’s Adelphi Theatre
Last night (Tuesday 1 September) we hosted memebrs of IGLTA (the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association) at KINKY BOOTS the musical at London’s Adelphi Theatre.
Pictured at a pre show drinks reception at London’s Retro Bar are Paul Gauger, Head of International Press at VisitBritain, Louise Bryce, Head of Partnerships at VisitBritain and guest.
Experience Oxfordshire, the Destination Management Organisation for Oxfordshire, has unveiled its new brand identity (created by made tourism marketing) at their Summer Networking Event.
The 130 people in attendance came from all sections of the visitor economy, and were the first to see the new brand and learn more about how Experience Oxfordshire aims to grow as an organisation and make the county a desirable destination to live, work, visit and do business.
On Friday 19 August made hosted a familiarisation trip to Houghton Hall a country house in Norfolk, England. It was built for the de facto first British Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, and it is a key building in the history of Palladian architecture in England. We hosted Group Leaders and members of the Travel Trade at a major exhibition of one of the world’s most renowned artists. LightScape: James Turrell an exciting show of light installations, which includes several site-specific works and a spectacular illumination of the entire west façade of the Hall.