Feeling the VIBE with made

made attended VIBE - VisitBritain's annual International Business Exchange. On behalf of our clients, Vince and Laura met with market specialists from around the world, all under one roof.

The event allows you to discuss your tourism product and find out which particular markets are appropriate for you to target. In each one of the two dates you will meet with the VisitBritain team and network with local suppliers.

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Freshers Fair 2019

Freshers Fair - UCL & Imperial 

One of the most important events for every new university student, the Freshers Fair saw made showcase the best of London's culture to thousands of eager young people at University College London and Imperial College London. Come From Away, Waitress, MAMMA MIA!, & Juliet, The Prince of Egypt and Matilda were just come of our clients catching the eyes of both UK and international students. 



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What a WICKED time at the Travel Leaders Conference!

made founder and Managing Director Jonathan Mountford has just returned from Washington D.C having had a highly successful time at this year's Travel Leaders Conference or EDGE, representing a host of the best shows from both the West End and Broadway. 

The jam-packed three day event ended with a gravity defying performance from Wicked, promoting both the London and Broadway productions. 

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ExploreGB 2019

ExploreGB with Bodyworlds!

Now in its fifth year, ExploreGB was in Harrogate. made co-founder and Managing Director Jonathan Mountford teamed up with Bodyworld’s Emma-Jane Nutbrown to meet with key tourism professionals from the from China (the world's largest outbound market) the USA, Germany, France, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Singapore and South Korea to name a few. 

ExploreGB is VisitBritain’s flagship event providing British & Irish tourism suppliers and destinations with an invaluable opportunity to meet and do business with hand-picked hosted international travel buyers from 40+ countries. 

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Chinese New Year Preview Party

Last night made was fortunate enough to attend the 2017 special Chinese New Year Preview Party at the London Hippodrome presented by VisitBritain, offering a preview of how Chinese New Year will be celebrated across Britain. 

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Destination Britain India 2017

Today made have teamed up with technology company Ingresso at the first tourism mission to India in three years hosted by VisitBritain. 

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ASTA Destination Expo in Sevilla

Today we have teamed up with London & Partners and Shakespeare's England to exhibit at the ASTA Destination Expo in Sevilla, Spain. The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) is a trade association that was formed to represent and defend the business and regulatory public policy interests of travel intermediaries.

Its members include travel agents and supplier companies who offer travel products and services such as tours, cruises, hotels, destinations, tourist bureaus, ground transport, car rentals, local guides and hosts. ASTA aims to act as an advocate for travel agents, the travel industry and the traveling public.

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Australia Sales Mission 2016

made showcased our clients to key Australian travel trade on VisitBritain’s three-city Australian roadshow that took place in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Jonathan and John Corellis met with 150 to 200 key agents in each city and had the opportunity to present our clients product in a programme of seminars and workshops.

John and Jonathan also attended  briefing updates on the latest inbound visitor trends from the VisitBritain Australia team.

Pictured is the workshop at the 0 Bar & Dinning in The Queen Victoria Building downtown Sydney. 

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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. 

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Great for Groups: The Beautiful South exhibition at Kempton Park.

The team at SEE tickets and made have just about recovered from the Great for Groups exhibition and are looking forward to the next one in Coventry!

Wednesday’s event attracted over 150 exhibitors and 567 group bookers, which was a huge increase on 2015. 

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IGLTA 2016 a big success

More than 300 delegates participated in the 33rd Annual IGLTA Global Convention in Cape Town (14-16 April), making it IGLTA's largest conference outside of North America. The historic first conference in Africa included five IGLTA Foundation-supported educational tour options within the local communities and an IGLTA Foundation reception that raised more than $5,000 for education, advocacy and information sharing related to LGBT tourism.

Pictured above are the IGLTA Global Ambassadors. (The IGLTA Ambassadors represent the association in their local communities. They help market LGBT travel, hold events and connect the organisation with LGBT travel businesses and travelers around the world). The UK Ambassador is made's Jonathan Mountford. 

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‘Made’s’ first ever Focus on Africa

This past week made has exhibited at WTM Africa. Held under one roof at the Cape Town Convention Centre (CTICC) and over three days (from the 6-8 April 2016) the congress was a vibrant must attend business-to-business travel and tourism event. 

Pictured are VIP guests Derek Hanekom (South African Minister of Tourism) and James Vos (Shadow Minister of Tourism and Member of Parliament) with made's John Bridge and IGLTA's LoAnn Halden. 

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Launch of new Jersey Boys workshops with BETA

Last night made co-hosted a networking event on behalf of the British Educational Travel Association (BETA) the umbrella body representing producers and suppliers of youth, student and educational travel related products. Youth tour operators and wholesalers attended a drinks reception at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! followed by a ticket to the hit West End musical Jersey Boys.

The evening also saw the launch of a new educational product, 'Jersey Boys themed workshops' from BETA member Theatre Workout. Theatre Workout is a specialist in creating bespoke drama and theatre workshops, events and hospitality for youth and adult groups in London's West End.

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Making an exhibitionism of ourselves!

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.

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Olivier Awards 2016

What a fabulous night we had at the Olivier Awards. Absolutely fantastic awards won – truly deserved by all the winners. 

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WTM Latin America welcomes first dedicated UK Pavilion

Prominent tourism firms (including made) took part in the first UK Pavilion to be held at WTM Latin America (29 - 31 March 2016).

Taking place in São Paulo, Brazil, this year’s WTM Latin America was the first time since 2010 that many of the UK participants have been in the Latin American market.

Other exhibitors included B2B wholesaler Worldwide DMC; incoming tour operator Eurowelcome; Capemoor Apartments; and Historic Royal Palaces, which manages six royal palaces (Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle).

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Tourism Society prestigious Annual Dinner at the House of Lords

This evening the Tourism Society held its prestigious Annual Dinner at the House of Lords, hosted by the Society's President Lord Thurso MP FTS and attended by Society members and their guests. The black-tie evening included a drinks reception followed by a delicious three-course meal sponsored by made.

Following the after-dinner speeches Lord Thurso presented the Tourism Society Award to Timothy West and Prunella Scales for their popular television series ‘Great Canal Journeys’. Unfortunately they were unable to pick up the award in person due to filming commitments, but Dani Neumann from Spun Gold TV was on hand to receive the award on their behalf from Lord Thurso.

Pictured from left to right; John Holland-Kaye (CEO Heathrow), Lord Lee, Hayley Beer-Gamage (TS Chairman), Adam Bray (The Crown Estate), Jonathan Mountford (Managing Director made) and Lord Thurso (TS President).

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CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners!

The winners of the 2016 National Coach Tourism Awards were announced last night (16 March) at a prestigious ceremony at the Vox Resorts World, NEC Birmingham, following the first day of the British Tourism & Travel Show.

Celebrating its 11th anniversary this year, the annual awards – the only national awards scheme that specifically focuses on coach tourism – were organised by Diversified Communications UK, and hosted by Coach Monthly magazine. This year’s celebrity presenter was TV personality Anthea Turner.

The event brought together over 400 industry professionals, including coach tour operators, destinations, visitor attractions, hotels, and tourism industry suppliers, to recognise and celebrate excellence and innovation across the multi-billion pound coach tourism sector.

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ITB Berlin - International Travel Trade Show Berlin

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. 

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The View From The Shard is officially the 'Best Visitor Attraction' in Europe!

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.

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ExploreGB Gala Dinner at Liverpool Cathedral

More than 300 international buyers and 300 travel trade suppliers from across Britain are set to take their places at the ExploreGB Gala Dinner tonight at Liverpool’s historic Anglican Cathedral. John Corellis and Jonathan Mountford from made will be attending along with many of our tourism industry friends. 

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Day one of ExploreGB showcasing Britain to global buyers...

Now in its second year, ExploreGB headed north to Liverpool. More than 300 international buyers from 40 countries met with more than 300 travel trade suppliers from across Britain at the city's Arena and Convention Centre. 

made’s Jonathan Mountford and John Corellis met with key tourism professionals from the from China (the world's largest outbound market) the USA, Germany, France, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Singapore and South Korea to name a few. 

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Music Education Expo at Olympia - London

Today we are exhibiting with English National Opera and Theatre Workout at the Music Education Expo at the Olympia Exhibition Centre in London. Music Education Expo is Europe’s largest conference and exhibition for anyone involved in music education. Spanning two days, the event offers the chance to attend over 60 seminars, workshops and debates. We joined over 130 exhibitors and met with over 2,500 people! Pictured is made’s Alastair Drakesmith with a costume from Mike Leigh’s production of The Pirates of Penzance for English National Opera. 

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2016 CTC Coach Holiday Conference & Workshop

More than 180 delegates helped to make the 2016 CTC Coach Holiday Conference & Workshop at the Holiday Inn, Stratford upon Avon a great success with operators and industry suppliers coming from across the UK, as well and from France and Holland.

Helen Peters, CEO of Shakespeare’s England, welcomed everyone to the home of the famous poet and playwright and informed them why they should visit Stratford to celebrate the 400th anniversary of his death this year.

There were more than 700 appointments for suppliers to have one to one meetings at the ever popular CTC Workshop. Pictured at the workshop are Jonathan Mountford from made and Robert Shaw from Harry Shaw Coaches. 

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Making an exhibitionism at the UKinbound Gala Dinner

On such a prestigious night, it seemed only right that the biggest exhibition hitting London this year was centre stage.

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Excursions increasing in popularity!

The one-day group travel show Excursions™ 2016 attracted over 270 exhibitors from the UK and mainland Europe last weekend (January 23).

Of those exhibitors, 19% were booking space for the first time, including attractions, destinations, accommodation providers and tour operators.

There was also a significant increase in UK exhibitors from further afield including the Midlands, North East and South West.

Over 1,100 visitors packed the Great Hall, many of whom were first-time attendees.

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Holiday World Show Dublin

This weekend we are exhibiting at the Holiday World Show at the Simmonscourt, Ballsbridge, Dublin. If you’re in the area please come and say “hello” to made’s John Bridge and Natalie Browne. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit over 1000 holiday experts under the one roof. Come along to receive insider information and ask as many questions as you like! 

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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.

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Vakantiebeurs 2016 - Bigger and better!

From the 12-17 January, John Corellis represented made and our clients at Vakantiebeurs, alongside City Cruises, Ripley’s believe it or not and the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and Tours.

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First GO Travel Show a fantastic success!

Last Saturday’s event at The Copperbox Arena in London’s Olympic Park attracted well over 650 GTOs & Travel Trade Executives form all parts of the group travel sector including quite a few new group buyers.

made designed and built the SEE tickets stand (pictured above).

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Kinky Boots comes home!

Having a Kinky time are Sue Day of West Midland Safari Park and Chris Wales Chair of the Coach Tourism Council. The pair where pictured at the AGTO (Association of a Group Tour Operators) AGM at the Marriott Hotel Northampton. AGTO 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.

Over 200 supplier members including made and Encore tickets met with Group Travel Organisers providing them with information on everything from tours, hotels and destinations to museums, galleries, theatre tickets and attractions.

The event was extra special as the film and subsequent musical Kinky Boots are based on a true story that has its origins in the Earls Barton shoe factory, which is in fact just outside of the town of Northampton! 

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The New York Times Travel Show 2016

Today team made joined 500 plus exhibitors from across the globe at the annual The New York Times Travel Show for a spectacular international celebration. Visitors explored domestic and international hot spots, familiar favorites and under-the radar crowd-free escapes. Over the weekend we will showcase the Best of London & Broadway Theatre to over 28k+ travellers and industry professionals!

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BBC Music Awards 2015

Tonight made's Natalie Browne and Jonathan Mountford attended the second BBC Music Awards at Birmingham's Genting Arena. Adele was the big winner picking up two awards including best British artist of the year. The ceremony, hosted by Chris Evans and Fearne Cotton, included brilliant performances from Years and Years, Ellie Goulding and James Bay. One Direction also gave one of their final live performances before going on a break in 2016.

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Society of Box Office Managers Chirstmas Party 2015

Thank you to SOBOM for a fabulously festive evening celebrating the hard work of Box Office Managers in London! A wonderful evening was had by all, with everyone leaving feeling very Christmassy indeed! Here at made we were happy to put on "Rock and Roll Bingo", with the help of Capital FM’s Kat Shoob (who was an exceptional host!); guests had a whale of a time and some won some great prizes too. With thanks to SOBOM, all of the Christmas Lunch Sponsors and Kat.

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Stockholm Gets Kinky!

Here's a snap from John Bridge's recent sales mission with VisitBritain to Sweden where THE boots from Kinky Boots UK were displayed for everyone to admire!

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Made a difference…

Congratulations to Jack for winning the ‘Young Person Award’, sponsored by made, at the British Dyslexia Association Awards!

Pictured: made's Jonathan Mountford and Anthea Turner presenting Jack with his award last week.

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UKinbound General Meeting - November 2015

Tonight BBC New Broadcasting House hosted the UKinbound November General Meeting. The building is worldwide headquarters of the BBC and sits right in the heart of central London. The BBC runs tours of the building regularly throughout the day which can be booked in advance via BBC Tours. Natalie Browne and Rosie Ranford from made stepped inside the exciting world of broadcasting! They were shown the studio, which is home to ‘The One Show'. The tour guides explained how the nightly topical magazine programme is put together. Photographed are the UKinbound delegation on the famous sofa where many favourite celebrities and personalities have sat and been interviewed by Matt, Alex and Chris! The Broadcasting House Tour is available seven days a week.

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It’s beginning to look a bit like Xmas!

Today we're exhibiting with our friends at ATG tickets at the 'Ideal Homes at Christmas Show', which means it's officially the start of our festive calendar! For the perfect gift this Christmas, visit us at Olympia, London on stand L124.

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CTC Christmas Social, Sunderland Marriott: 22 November

Last night we joined the Coach Tourism Council (CTC) at their annual Christmas social in Sunderland. The Coach Tourism Council promotes travel and tourism by coach. They work with over 150 companies and organisations who are also members. They include national and regional tourist offices, attractions and destinations, hotels, tour wholesalers, ferry and fixed link operators, ports, ticket agencies and professional advisers. The event was sponsored by our client EXHIBITIONISM the first ever major exhibition about the The Rolling Stones at London’s prestigious Saatchi Gallery. Pictured is Editor of Coach Monthly Stuart Render. 

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China Sales Mission 2015

Today we are presenting London’s cultural offerings to Chinese Travel Companies in the city of Wuhan. Pictured on the banks of Wuhan's famous East Lake are Jonathan Mountford of made tourism marketing, Equal Han of China Holidays & Hello Britain, Ashley Jones of Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and Ana Araque form The View from the Shard. The lake covers an area of 88 square kilometres and is visited by over 1 million people yearly. 

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'Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum and Mason'

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!

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Signature’s Sales Meeting & Trade Show, 5 - 7 November 2015 – Mandalay Bay Hotel, Las Vegas

Today we have teamed up with Leisure Connect to exhibit at the Signature Sales Meeting & Trade Show that is being held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, Las Vegas. This annual conference brings together over 2,000 travel industry professionals, including Signature frontline travel consultants, managers and agency owners, as well as their supplier partners to network, connect and learn from each other. 

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The official LGBT party of world travel market

Tonight made hosted the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association's World Travel Market party at Ku Klub in Chinatown. IGLTA is a gay-friendly global travel network dedicated to connecting lesbian, bisexual and transgender travelers to the businesses that welcome and support them. We also raised over a thousand dollars for the IGLTA Foundation. 

Pictured at the event are 'Frankie Fantastic' and Clark Massad Vice President, IGLTA.

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The American Society of Travel Agents International Chapter Presidents Dinner onboard the Sunborn Yacht HotelŠ

Yesterday we hosted the American Society of Travel Agents, World Travel Market, International Chapter Presidents Dinner onboard the Sunborn Yacht Hotel. The event was sponsored by made and included a five course meal on the upscale yacht hotel moored at the Royal Victoria Dock and adjacent to the ExCel London convention centre.

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Made in the USA!

Today made's John Bridge has been busy at World Travel Market working the Broadway Inbound booth located on the NYC & Company stand. NYC & Company is New York City's official marketing, tourism and partnership organisation. Their mission is to maximize travel and tourism opportunities throughout the five boroughs, build economic prosperity and spread the dynamic image of New York City around the world.

Meanwhile made's Natalie Browne has also been busy representing New York's One World Observatory, Metropolitan Museum of Art and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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made in new jersey...

made tourism marketing were delighted to host a delegation of Canadian Travel Trade at Sunday’s performance of Jersey Boys at London’s Piccadilly Theatre. The internationally acclaimed hit musical, tells the remarkable rise to stardom of one of the most successful bands in pop music history. Discover the incredible music and true-life story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, who wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were thirty.

After the show we teamed up with Air Canada to host the travel trade at a drinks reception at the Maple Leaf Pub in Maiden Lane.

Pictured are made tourism marketing North America Consultant Armando Mendonca (centre) and guests. 

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Cheers, to the Barber of Seville and World Travel Market 2015!

Last Friday this enthusiastic group of Skål members enjoyed a pre-show drink before watching the English National Opera acclaimed performance of The Barber of Seville. They also used the occasion at London’s Coliseum Theatre to get into the mood for World Travel Market by raising a glass to the success of this year’s show. The event was organised by English National Opera and made

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The Rolling Stones will stage their first ever major exhibition at London’s prestigious Saatchi Gallery, opening on April  5th 2016, to celebrate this fact last night Natalie Browne and John Bridge of made tourism marketing and Deirdre Wells OBE, Chief Executive of UKinbound visited London’s Ally Cat Club where the Stones recorded their first album. To find out more visit made tourism marketing at this weeks World Travel Market exhibtion on stand number: UKI300 Pod 33 or see stonesexhibitionism.com

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made showcases British Theatre to the Chinese

On Saturday 31 October, we showcased the creative strength of British theatre to a delegate of Chinese travel trade, working with VisitBritain we hosted a delegation of 30 at a performance of ‘La boheme’ at English National Opera in Central London. This fam trip came close after the State Visit to Britain by The President of The People's Republic of China, Mr. Xi Jinping.

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Made To Survive

Today we provided a World Travel Market survival kit to attendees of ETOA’s GEM workshop. The event held at the London Hilton Metropole brought together International Travel Buyers and European Suppliers for one day of pre-scheduled appointments. 600 delegates attended, with well over 7,000 meetings scheduled in one day.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory wins at the London Lifestyle Awards

It has been the mission of The London Lifestyle Awards to showcase the very best of Capital and celebrate the fantastic achievements of the lifestyle industry.

London attracts crowds from near and far with its vibrancy and renowned hotspots. From the very best in theatre to brilliant bars, restaurants and culture, the awards recognise those who have put their influential stamp on the city and who have made it become such an iconic place to be, year on year.

This year the hit West End musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory walked away with the gong for Œ'Theatre Show of the Year.'

Pictured with their award are the cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on stage at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.


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Today we are at Swiss Travel Day in Zurich representing our portfolio of London and Broadway theatre shows. We are meeting with travel agents and tour operators with a view to helping them to increase their sales of tickets to live entertainment in two of the world’s most vibrant cities London and New York.  

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Group Leisure Awards: 2015 winners revealed

Readers of Group Leisure magazine voted for the best companies, attractions, destinations and individuals in group travel and leisure at the 19th annual Group Leisure Awards, which took place on Wednesday 21 October at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole in front of 350 guests.

Trophies were handed out for accolades such as Best Airline, Best Cruise Line and Best UK Attraction, which were won by Ryanair, Norwegian Cruise Line and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard respectively.

In a year when London has reported a large increase in visitor numbers the capital took home its fair share of awards yet again. The title of Best Guided Tour went to The London Bridge Experience & Tombs, the trophy for Best Travel & Leisure Website was awarded to ZSL London Zoo, Best Theatre Production was handed to Jersey Boys and the city itself was awarded Best UK Destination.

Pictured are Tony Lincoln and guests on the Planet Hollywood hosted table. 

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Another stellar year for the Group Leisure & Travel Show

Visitors to this year’s Group Leisure & Travel Show were able to chat to television stars, glean insider tips from experts on group travel, and some were lucky enough to walk away with their share of thousands of pounds worth of prizes.

The GLTS 2015 took place at the NEC Birmingham on Thursday 22 October – an event that draws all types of people seeking advice and inspiration for group trips and holidays near and far.

Once the free early-bird bacon butties were eaten, visitors had free reign of more than 100 exhibitors, with top attractions, tourist boards, accommodation providers, ticketing agencies, coach companies and tour operators all on hand to meet group travel organisers from across the UK.

Visitors could also punctuate their day by watching one or all of the five scheduled sessions in the Seminar Theatre. 

made were responsible for the design and build of the SEE Groups stand pictured above. 

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Goya: The Portraits

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.

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VisitBritain's Annual Review Launch 2014/15

Today VisitBritain launched their annual review (at London's Methodist Central Hall) announcing that international visitors have spent an extra £2.5 billion in Britain during the last four years as a result of their work. This beats the target set for it by the Government in 2011 by more than half a billion pounds, and means that every £1 invested in VisitBritain’s activities has resulted in an overseas visitor spending £21 in Britain. And to this can be added the £630 million delivered by VisitBritain, thanks to thir continuing role as a partner in the cross-UK Government GREAT campaign.

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Great for Groups Central, The Ricoh Arena, Coventry

We are also delighted to announce that we are exhibiting with our friends from SEE GROUPS at the very first 'Great for Groups Central' taking place today Thursday 1 October at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England. 

As well as a unique mix of attraction & experiences, GTOs visiting 'Great for Groups Central' will enjoy, refreshments throughout the day, free hot lunch, seminars and live entertainment. 

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Coach Trip...

Today we are at Coach & Bus Live at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, England. Coach & Bus Live has established itself as the ultimate domestic showcase in the UK and is the major domestic showcase for the coach, bus and passenger transport technology sector. 

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The List Network's LGBT Travel Fair

Tonight we are at The List Network's LGBT Travel Fair at Waterstone's bookstore Piccadilly, London, promoting shows on both sides of the Atlantic including Kinky Boots London and The Broadway Collection. Jazz hands ready, best boot forward...come and say Hi!

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IFTM - Paris Porte de Versailles

Today we are exhibiting at IFTM the must attend business-to-business tourism event targeting the French market.

Held from Tuesday 29 September to Friday 2 October at Paris Porte de Versailles the event covers off all areas of travel including business, leisure and meetings & incentives. 

We teamed up with our friends Atlas Travel Solutions (ATS) to showcase the very best of Culture in London.  

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Happy Birthday ALVA!

An exceptional and wonderful evening last night at the Houses of Parliament, London, to mark ALVA's (Association of Leading Visitor Attractions) 25th Anniversary; drinks in the Speaker's apartments, a private tour and group photo inside the Commons chamber, dinner in the Members' Dining Room, speeches by Loyd Grossman and 'Top Chops' the famously bewhiskered Deputy Sergeant At Arms, all with a suffragette theme. Jonathan from team made was delighted to have been invited by our friend and colleague Bernard Donoghue.  

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Destino Gran Bretaña 2015!

We have just returned for Playa del Carmen Mexico, after attending Destination Britain Americas 2015 (DBA). VisitBritain's flagship international B2B workshop was taken to a whole new level, allowing top tour operators from North and South America to meet with the very best of British tourism product. DBA provided made and Encore the opportunity to meet with 150 international tourism buyers from 5 markets. 90 British product suppliers attended.

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Classic FM Live at the Royal Albert Hall

Tonight team made entertained some of our key partners and friends at Classic FM Live at the Royal Albert Hall. They joinded us for another evening of classical favourites from the world-famous Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of their Principal Conductor Vasily Petrenko. 

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banish your Monday morning blues

This years Employee Benefits Live banished Monday morning blues as it opened at 9.30am today Monday 21 September and continues on tomorrow Tuesday 22 September at the National Hall Olympia in West London. Team made are helping Sergio Cicalò staff the Encore tickets stand. 

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In the mood!

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. 

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Wardrobe addition!

London’s getting Kinky as team made model racy new footwear in celebration of the West End opening of KINKY BOOTS the musical!

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Kinky Boots Tourism FAM

Tonight we invited Tourism Professionals including 
Tony Lincoln (pictured), European Sales & Marketing Director, Planet Hollywood and Melissa Tilling, Product & Commercial Director, Funway Holidays International Inc. to a preview performance of KINKY BOOTS the musical. 

Before the show we entertained our guests at a champagne and canapé reception at Brasserie Blanc - Covent Garden! 

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Great for Groups North – Another success!

Great for Groups North has once again delivered for exhibitors and visitors alike. Held yesterday (Wednesday 2 September) at the Emirates Old Trafford, home of Lancashire County Cricket Club, the exhibition which was attended by almost 300 group buyers and 80 exhibitors including SEE Groups kept up the organisers track record of providing the ‘freshest event in the group travel market.’

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Getting Kinky at the WI CENTENNIAL FAIR

ATG's Barry Grant gets Kinky at a very British milestone as we celebrate 100 years of the WI's achievements at their Centennial Fair at the Harrogate International Centre. 

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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. 

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ASTA Global Convention

made are returning to London from the ASTA Global Convention (AGC) which was held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington DC. The event provided a meeting place for travel professionals, and travel suppliers worldwide to connect and establish new business relationships. For the first time ever made teamed up with our National Tourism Office, VisitBritain to exhibit at the Trade Show. 

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The Global Travel Exchange panel at the American Society of Travel Agents Congress in Washington DC

This weekend made’s Jonathan Mountford joined The Global Travel Exchange panel at the American Society of Travel Agents Congress in Washington DC. Other panelists included; Roger Block - President, Travel Leaders Franchise Group; Ertugrul Karaoglu  ASTA International Network Chair and Rozalina Nikolova - General Manager, Mercury Travel Bulgaria.

Jonathan also gave a presentation about the 'Enticements and Barriers to Travel to the United Kingdom.' Other speakers at the session included Julie Heizer - Deputy Director, Industry Relations, National Travel & Tourism Office, U.S. Department of Commerce and Liaison to Brand USA and Brenda Sprague - Deputy Assistant Secretary for Passport Services, Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

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New look by made for Experience Oxfordshire

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.

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LightScape: James Turrell

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.

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The Society of Box Office Managers Summer BBQ

Yesterday we sponsored the drinks at the annual Summer BBQ of The Society of Box Office Managers. The event was held in wonderful surrounding of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Pictured from left to right are: Mark Bower, Time Out, John Kissack, Travel Zoo, Rebecca Hearn, Time Out and Jonathan Mountford, made.

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UKinbound's Summer Ball 2015

Last night (Thursday 18 June) made sponsored the UKinbound Summer Ball.

As part of our sponsorship we gave guests cute cuddly teddy bears! Each bear was wearing a made branded tshirt!

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Time for a cuppa!

made sponsored the tea & coffee breaks at the Tourism Society's annual Tourism Symposium 2015, on the Monday 1 June and Tuesday 2 June 2015 at Ashford and Canterbury, Kent. 

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Winner! UKinbound Award for Excellence 'Service Provider of the Year' 2014

Last night made tourism martketing was named Tourism Service Provider of the Year at the UKinbound Awards for Excellence. Every year UKinbound (formally the British Incoming Tour Operator Association) honours its members with awards that are announced at the Gala Dinner of their Annual Convention. 

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