Samantha Wratten makes the C&IT A-List for 2019
Every year, UK event industry publication Conference & Incentive Travel invites agencies to nominate their top talent under 35 years old to be put forward for their A-List.Read more
Follow the latest trends, keep up with the insights, and pick up some tips – this is where TAG’s events experts share their inside knowledge.
Every year, UK event industry publication Conference & Incentive Travel invites agencies to nominate their top talent under 35 years old to be put forward for their A-List.
TAG’s events division is dedicated to making yours stand out – we’re here to give you the best of the best. And we feel Africa can offer the key five ingredients for your reward trip.
Bethany moves to LA in January 2019 to spearhead the launch of TAG’s Events division in Los Angeles, working closely with the already established team in New York. She will be responsible for the development, operation and management of the events portfolio throughout the States.
FAM (familiarisation) trips are a vital learning tool for TAG's Events team. Read on to learn more.
The UK agency rankings by event-based turnover for 2018 have been revealed in the annual Conference &Incentive Travel Magazine's Top 50 event agency listing. The Appointment Group(TAG) Global Events is proud to announce that we have ranked in 27th place out of 50 event agencies based on our annual turnover! TAG Global Events have featured in this listing for the past 3 years and it means a great deal to the entire company.
The Caribbean is a real treasure trove for planners on the hunt for an all-encompassing incentive destination for groups of VIPs – and Barbados is the biggest gem of them all. Boasting idyllic white-sand beaches and turquoise waters, plus upscale hotels and state-of-the-art facilities, Barbados strikes the perfect balance between leisure and business.
Forget about boring, run-of-the-mill team-building activities that make eyes roll. If you’re looking for innovative ideas to engage your team, you can rely on these top tips from our Global Events team at The Appointment Group(TAG)… Let’s face it, some traditional team-building games can be uninspiring and not something everyone looks forward to - but it really doesn’t have to be that way.
Silicon Valley has captured not only the minds of entrepreneurs and developers from across the world, but anyone looking to grab a piece of the "magic“, disrupt, transform and stay ahead of the game. TAG Global Events curates immersive study tours tailored to your industry to enable transformational learning for C-Level executive teams and boards.
When a global luxury automotive brand wished to create one big event that would celebrate its achievements, and those of its retailers, it turned to The Appointment Group(TAG) Global Events to deliver a memorable evening of celebration at The O2, London for more than 1,200 guests. TAG’s Global Events team project managed One Big Night, a celebratory evening formed by merging two separate, smaller events.
You may be knee deep in planning an event right now - selecting the right venue, juggling with speakers, balancing budgets, timelines, menus, production, entertainment and RSVP’s etc. The Appointment Group (TAG) understands the pressure you’re under.
Whether it’s positive or negative, collecting feedback is a crucial factor in development and improvement of events – but how do you encourage your delegates to provide feedback on their experience?
In an effort to shake things up, why not remove attendees from their physical comfort zones as a means of pulling them from their mental comfort zones. Here are two out-of-the-box ideas that achieves just that followed with an idea that will help integrate a contemporary urban feel into any corporate event.
According to Greenpeace, up to 12. 7 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every single year.
You’ve done your homework researching event agencies and approached The Appointment Group (TAG) Global Events team to help with your requirements. Now it’s time to create a Request for Proposal – more commonly known as an RFP – to receive proposals and see which agency can fit in with the needs of your business.
Jon Pyne is part of TAG’s Asia Pacific Global Events team and is based in Sydney. He has worked in the events industry for six years managing events in Japan, America, Europe and Australasia.
Travel offers an opportunity to experience different cultures, taste new and exciting foods, and get close to wildlife you’ve only ever seen on TV. Yet even today there are many ethical issues to consider when it comes coordinating an incentive trip programme, especially for countries that promote wildlife tourism or traditional cultural experiences.
The Hawaiian archipelago conjures up an image of tropical paradise: serene beaches lined with palm trees, dramatic cliffs and bright blue lagoons. This dreamy cluster of islands may not be your initial choice when it comes to MICE, however Tiago Palhares, Global Travel & Events Specialist for The Appointment Group, shares his expert knowledge on Hawaii as a prime location for incentives, conferences and more.
According to Forbes, millennials tend to define themselves by their experiences rather than anything else – and this is part of the reason why they have been shown to value experiences over material things. The Appointment Group recognises this when it comes to planning your next incentive experience.
At The Appointment Group, one of the top event management companies, we don’t draw you in with gimmicks. Instead, we want to work with you in the long term and aim to develop a rewarding partnership.
A successful event doesn’t happen by miracle (although sometimes it feels like it!) – it needs to be crafted with expertise and care. You need to think carefully about all the different pieces that make up your event, and how they will engage your delegates – maintaining their focus and enthusiasm for your event whilst achieving the objectives you set out at the beginning.
When it comes to choosing an events agency, we know that competition is high. That’s why we want to be clear about what sets The Appointment Group’s Global Events team apart from the rest.
Our dedicated destination experts from The Appointment Group Global Events team are always seeking out-of-the-ordinary places all over the globe. Nicole Unsworth, Event Manager at The Appointment Group, is well-acquainted with the unique elements of Japan as a destination, from visiting the historic temples and shrines, to the most futuristic city venues and experiences.
As an event organiser, it’s important that you look after all attendees in any and every way you can – and your responsibilities go far beyond ensuring everyone has a great time at your event. In an era where many people are making smarter, healthier choices when it comes to their lifestyles, food and exercise, this attitude can sometimes be at odds with the experience offered at events – for example, healthy food options aren’t always convenient, while junk food is frequently right at your fingertips.
As you might expect from a world-class city and a leading business hub, Dubai offers a wealth of venues and facilities for corporate crowds – and The Appointment Group Global Events team is here to help you plan and manage your event, every step of the way. With a skyline characterised by ambitious and arresting architecture, Dubai is home to business events venues unlike any others, and the city can offer memorable activities and experiences for your guests too.
The Appointment Group (TAG) Asia Pacific has announced the appointment of Lisa Golding as Operations Manager for TAG Global Events APAC. Lisa brings over twenty (20) years’ experience as a Travel and Events director in the events and conference industry in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
With Asia on its doorstep, Singapore is the gateway to some of the world’s most unique and unexplored event locations, as well as an events destination in its own right. Although not a new location, Singapore is constantly reinvigorating itself, with new openings and refurbishments happening all the time with a great choice of venues to suit events of all sizes and budgets.
Laura Tucker, General Manager of TAG’s Asia Pacific Global Events team, talks about the growth in incentive planners and events in 2017 and shares her top five reward event destinations. As leading incentive event planners in London, Sydney, Singapore, New York and beyond, TAG’s event professionals have seen the benefits of incentives in action, both before and after the trip has taken place.
I can water-ski and up until a few years ago held a speed boat licence! The Appointment Group is investing in Manchester by expanding our Manchester Events team too. Based in the heart of the city, our events team works with the best venues, along with local and recommended suppliers, and can offer a bespoke range of options to suit your next event brief.
Almost half a century has passed since The Beatles recorded Here Comes The Sun at the enigmatic Abbey Road studios. Strictly closed to the public on normal occasions, The Appointment Group’s Event & Technology Specialist, Chris Turner was exclusively invited to get “up close and personal” with this venue steeped in musical history.
The vibrant Catalonian capital of Barcelona is the second biggest city in Spain – and it makes for a large-than-life MICE destination, too. Of course, the sunny Mediterranean climate is alluring, but there’s much more to this place than blue skies and sandy shores.
In the age of the internet, organising travel couldn’t be simpler – right? Many of us book our own holidays using websites rather than heading to the local travel agency to deal with it in person. Yet despite this quick and easy access to endless websites, the travel booking process can still be a very time-consuming – especially for businesses, where time is short and expectations are high.
We’re well into 2017 now (how it is April already) and The Appointment Group has been busy managing many exciting events from VIP gala dinners in Amsterdam to a tour in Japan and there are many more to come, too. Year on year, virtual reality (VR) is becoming a bigger and more impressive part of experiential marketing techniques, as brands gain trust in the technology and gain an understanding of how it can change how an audience consumes content.
Home to The Appointment Group’s north of England office, Manchester is fast becoming the capital of the north and coined as the “powerhouse” for all things music, sport, television, business and events. As the third largest city in the UK, Manchester has an abundance of opportunities for event organisers and their clients with venues, suppliers and travel, and The Appointment Group is first in line to encourage events to come to this pioneering and lively city.
In November 2016, The Appointment Group (TAG) further cemented their position in the Australian event management landscape by acquiring the very successful, Axis Events Group. With over 25 years of existence Axis benefits from an excellent reputation, creating events that innovate, educate and inspire.
The Appointment Group’s (TAG) UK annual conference took place in England's seaside town Bournemouth on Saturday 28th January 2017. The company’s London and Manchester offices joined representatives from the company’s international offices in New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Nashville, Sydney, Melbourne and Singapore to review the group’s performance in 2016 and discuss plans and objectives for the coming year.
Seasonal displays are sitting pretty in shop windows, the eagerly anticipated Christmas adverts have hit our screens, and supermarkets are jam-packed with everything you need for a veritable festive feast – it’s officially time to start thinking about Christmas. We know one place that’s guaranteed to get you into the spirit, and our experience event managers at The Appointment Group have all the insider tips… When it comes to festive destinations, Finnish Lapland is hard to beat.
Three years after opening The Appointment Group in the Asia Pacific region, Managing Director, Shane Barr, has announced the group’s acquisition of a major Sydney based events company, Axis Events, founded by events industry leader, Paul Christie. The Appointment Group is a multiple award winning, independently owned Events and Corporate Travel Management company with nine (9) offices across Australia, United Kingdom, United States and Singapore.
The EVCOM Live Awards took place on Friday 18th November 2016 and are the most respected mark of excellence in the live event and experiential industry, attracting entries from around the world. The reputation of the awards is built both on the high quality of submissions and the rigorous, independent and transparent judging process which includes leading clients and industry professionals.
At TAG, we thrive on seeking out little-known locations and sharing our findings with our clients. As it’s ski season, we’ve got something surprising up our sleeves – we’ve uncovered a peaceful, unassuming spot that you’ve probably never heard of, but it’s the ideal destination for your next ski incentive… This is the most accessible Alpine resort in the whole of Switzerland, both by car and public transport, all year round.
Whether you’re hosting a product launch or managing a client conference event, exclusive use venues offer an unrivalled level of privacy and intimacy. As you might expect, TAG Global Events team – one of the leading luxury travel companies and expert corporate travel services provider – has a wealth of experience when it comes to meticulous planning and delivery of exceptional events, and they know exactly which exclusive venue will help you achieve your aims.
There’s much more to Mauritius than coconut cocktails and crystal-clear waters – this is a place full of colour and culture, and it offers range of activities to make your next incentive trip truly memorable. Local expert Anjuli Reeves – Events Specialist at The Appointment Group (TAG) – shines a spotlight on the island and explains how group travel companies can help you go the extra mile for your guests… Exotic Mauritius Accessible via a 12-hour flight from London, the tropical island of Mauritius feels a whole world away from everyday life.
Photo: Tulum Beach Head for the Caribbean coast The Riviera Maya covers a spectacular 120km (86-mile) stretch of Caribbean coastline on Mexico’s north-eastern Yucatán Peninsula. It’s blessed with a plethora of world-class resorts, unique venues and, conveniently, international flights all year round from the UK, Asia Pacific and the USA – when it comes to global travel management, it certainly ticks the boxes as an event, conference or incentive destination.
New technologies, social media and apps play an increasingly important role in events. Of course, the team at The Appointment Group (TAG) – a leading global event, corporate and travel management company – always have their finger on the pulse, and here we take a look at the use of Snapchat’s on-demand geofilters, plus some brand-new features, in the events industry.
Exclusive use venues provide the ultimate privacy and unrivalled flexibility, and the UK certainly has plenty to offer when it comes to quality destinations. From luxury country-house hotels to private islands (yes, we have private islands here in the UK), there’s something to suit the most discerning of events organisers.
Clients are increasingly demanding an integrated and worldwide travel and events planning service and, as a result, The Appointment Group’s growth in Asia Pacific has flourished. The time and cost saving benefits of one company providing flights, logistics and event management services from one of our local offices in Sydney, Melbourne or Singapore are clear.
One of our Global Events Managers, Nicole Unsworth, recently visited the colourful city of Havana, the beaches of Varadero and travelled back in time to Trinidad and shares her views on this unique, exciting and surprising country ripe for the most amazing incentive trips and reward events. Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean and, without doubt, packs the most punchThe country is becoming an increasingly well-connected location to travel both to and around.
According to the latest results of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Ranking 2016 – which assigns scores for lifestyle challenges in 140 cities all over the globe – Melbourne has retained the prestigious title of the world’s most liveable city for the fifth year in succession. On the other side of the world, Manchester has been listed ten places above the British capital, London.
The appeal of long-haul can sometimes overshadow alternative European incentive and conference destinations, but top event management companies should take a closer look at what the continent has to offer. Sam Robson, Group Events Director at The Appointment Group (TAG), waves the flag for Europe ˗ with a particular focus on Valencia.
So, you’re planning on holding and event ˗ or even a series of events ˗ but you’re not sure whether to hire an event organiser. Perhaps you believe you could benefit from the insight of expert conference organisers or an event logistics company, or maybe you think hiring a specialist is an unnecessary expense.
The global business world is becoming more and more accessible, and international travel management teams are increasingly required to work outside the country in which they are based. Their location knowledge must be far reaching in order to cater to the ever-changing demands of global business travel and global events, and this is where Destination Management Company (DMC) services really come into their own.
2016 has seen the progression of virtual reality (VR) headsets into mainstream society, and it represents an exciting trend in the events industry. Big players in the technology world have invested in their own custom VR headsets, and many upcoming high-profile tech events are using these as a key part of attendee engagement – watch out for it at the VR World Congress and Tribeca Film Festival, among others.
Sourcing the perfect venue for you is our speciality. We travel far and wide in search of the most imaginative incentive destinations and event venues for corporate groups so you don’t have to.
UK Events Director, Marjory Brown from the Global Events London team, shares her insight on what makes Las Vegas a totally unique, exciting and possibly surprising destination for large or small scale conferences and meetings and incentives for domestic and international guests, particularly from the UK and Europe. Las Vegas is exceptionally well equipped to deal with large and small groups alike.
In a bid to save time and streamline their global hotel and venue finding processes, the charity’s New York based Procurement Team asked several international event management companies for a cost-effective solution to their challenge. The Appointment Group’s Technology & Event Specialist, Chris Turner, identified a tailor-made website was integral to the solution and developed a bespoke web-portal listing the countries, security approved hotels and their capacities.
Event Director, Laura Tucker, from the Global Events Asia Pacific team shares her insight on what makes Queenstown in New Zealand a truly memorable and very accessible conference and incentive destination for guests travelling offshore from Australia, as well as the rest of the world. Queenstown was once upon a time a former gold rush town, set on Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand's South Island.
Conference & Incentive Travel (C&IT), the UK’s leading brand for the MICE industry, selects each year five agencies “to watch” over the next 12 months in the industry. The Appointment Group (TAG) was extremely pleased to discover TAG Global Events were one of the top event management companies selected for 2016.
In September, we were incredibly proud to be highly commended as the Global Agency of the Year at The Conference & Incentive Travel (C&IT) Awards in London. The award recognised growing agencies with offices in more than one country.
Organising an event is no easy task, and sometimes an event requires an entire global account team to include a project manager, several event managers and flight specialists to plan, execute and wrap up a week-long event. For the second year running, our Global Events team in Australia, based in Sydney and Melbourne, delivered a 7-day conference programme and retail study tour in Hong Kong.
In a new series of articles, event experts at TAG Global Events share their insights into event locations around the world. Group Events Director, Sam Robson, starts the globe-trotting journey in Istanbul, Turkey.
Epson, global technology leader in the printing and visual communications market, is the Official Office Equipment Partner of Manchester United and May this year saw the end of a year’s global activation campaign, utilising this sponsorship, to create an immersive customer brand experience culminating in the opportunity to play on the pitch at Old Trafford. From Epson’s global customer base, over 150 players from 15 different countries, with teams from North America, South America, Asia and Europe, qualified for this amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience.