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Merlin launches Thai Tussauds in upgraded events complex

UK-based Merlin Entertainments Group is planning to launch a Thai version of its Madame Tussauds’ wax museum in the capital.

The tourist attraction and event space is to be built in the Bangkok’s Siam Discovery shopping centre, which is set to have a US$31m upgrade to include a multi-purpose exhibition hall and 2,000sqm Ice Planet ice rink.

Healthy future at Bournemouth International Centre

The Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) says it has secured ten new events that will bring in a combined estimated £8m to the town.

Bookings confirmed so far include the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain exhibition and conference in 2011, the Labour Party’s annual conference in 2013 and the Baptist Assembly events in 2015 and 2017.

Spy Games adventure company expands into Greece

Events and training specialist Spy Games has launched a new base of operations in Greece.

The UK-based company organises espionage-themed teambuilding activities, including Ocean’s Eleven-style heists for smaller groups and James Bond training camp for larger numbers.

Tesco saves £3m with internal meetings plan

Event management company BSI has saved supermarket Tesco £3m by deploying an internal meeting room management system last year.

The saving was made by optimising the use of internal meeting rooms at the company, with an authorisation policy process controlling all the company’s external meetings spend.

Independent advice for public schools to make ends ‘meet’

Independent Schools are increasingly turning to conferences and weddings as alternative income streams to make ends meet in more difficult economic times.

A recent survey of independent schools in the South of England found that 85 per cent are setting up contingency plans to cope with reduced income as the recession bites.

Families fill IHG high-end corporate gap

With corporate spending at a low due to the recession, the InterContinental Hotels Group has shifted focus towards families by offering cut-rate weekend deals.

IHG’s price cuts, the chain reports, have resulted in more families checking in at the top-end as some business travellers check out the three-star options.

Blackpool Council ‘full tilt’ for £40m deal to buy Tower and Winter Gardens

With less than two months to go before the April deadline of the new financial year, Blackpool Council bosses are optimistic about their chances of buying city icons, Blackpool Tower and The Winter Gardens. Current owners Leisure Parks are thought to be ready to sell the two landmark properties for £40m and Council leader Peter Callow says his officials are “going full tilt” to tie up a deal.

Barcelona Mobile Congress looks to future entrepreneurs

A London schoolboy has applied himself so keenly to technology that he has been asked to act as an advisor at a major technology conference and exhibition Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.

Dylan Maryk, who is 14 and from Kensington, caught the Congress organisers’ eye after they read about him designing his own iPhone applications in the Evening Standard newspaper.