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Event Expo – April 2009

Competition winner Laisani Jioji (Fiji) receives her prize from Patrick Doyle and Andrew Bennett (International Diplomatic Supplies)

"For our business this was the most targeted event we have been to. Several key contacts came to see us and we confirmed new business"
Patrick Doyle, International Diplomatic Supplies

Matthew Brown and David Scott (Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea) talk to Maksym Stasiuk and Pavlo Kartashov (Ukraine)

"The event was professionally managed and provided us with a number of positive leads"
David Scott, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Matthew Baldwin and Kubilay Tunc (The Bentley London) chat to Darija Sinjeri (Croatia) and Gildzana Tanovic (Bosnia)

"Great event for those new to the Diplomatic Market"
Matthew Baldwin, The Bentley, London

Caroline Hall and Bryony Lawson (Rocket Food Limited) tend to their stand

Andrew Wallis (The Guards Museum) talks to Rodolfo Burgos Bizantino (Equatorial Guinea) and Lisa Dimitru (Egypt)

"A unique opportunity to engage with the event decision makers in the London Diplomatic Community"
Andew Wallis, The Guards Museum

Carol Scarisbrick and Kerry Low (Embassy Group) talk to Tina Woydowski and Claire Butler (The Goring)

Andrius Nikitinas (Lithuania) and Augusta Jaudegyte (Lithuanian National Tourism Office) chat to Robin Parker (Church House Conference Centre)

Alexander Sidoruk (Belarus) accepts a prize from Jing Monet (Park Plaza Hotels)

Above and below: delegates gather to listen to the day’s speakers

"I have been to numerous events and this stood out as a short, professional and effective expo. A room full of people to build partnerships"
Sarah Wakins, Off To Work

Teuta Starova (Albania) gets her card stamped by Paul Liczbinski (St James’s Hotel and Club)

Louise Pullicino and Charles de Chassiron (Royal Garden Hotel) talk to Viphawan Benniman (Royal Thai Embassy)

"A good opportunity for us to market the hotel"
Charles De Chassiron, Royal Garden Hotel

Bernadette Knee and Terry Knee (Red Jacket) do some networking

Sirma McKellar and Gul Umut (Turkey) chat to Eleanor Knapp (D and D London)

"A friendly event – Thank you"
Lucy Stoddart, Inneventive

The Unique Venues of London stand does brisk business

"Very good networking event for Embassy Staff – hence the number of people fairly new to London"
Joanna MacDonald, The Ritz, London

Marijana Zivkovic (Montenegro) talks to Lucy Stoddart (Inneventive)

Aymeric de Bergevin (The London Marriott Grosvenor Square) hands Natasha Pine (Australia) her prize

"This event was useful and fulfilled my expectations"
Aymeric de Bergevin, The London Marriott Hotel

Gildzana Tanovic (Bosnia), Mateja Strumelj Piskur (Slovenia), Matej Zakonjsek (Slovenia), Darija Sinjeri (Croatia) and Gorazd Rencelj (Slovenia)

Toastmaster Roy Theobald entertains delegates at his stand

Dee Rowley and James Rowley at the Aeonian Heritage Rooms stand

Marijana Zivkovic (Montenegro) talks to Emma Waycott (The Landmark London)

"A well planned, well attended exhibition, the first one in this market"
Emma Waycot, The Landmark, London

Sherry Buxton and Stephen Hulme (Berry Marquees) talk to to Viphawan Benniman (Royal Thai Embassy)

"A valuable event giving access to people you would not otherwise have contact with at one event"
Stephen Hulme, Berry Marquees Ltd

Nerissa Sultana (Malta), Eldo Kaiyamo (Namibia) with Tina Woydowski and Claire Butler (The Goring)

"The event provided us with useful contacts within the embassy and diplomatic sectors. The exhibition was a great way to showcase what The Goring has to offer to its clients and guests"
Tina Woydowski, The Goring, London

Rob Chambers (The Dali Universe) hands out lollipops to Patricia Cunha and Gelson Pedrinao (Angola) at the Unique Venues of London stand

Patrick Doyle (International Diplomatic Supplies) starts the wine tasting competition

Sylvie Duguay, Lesley Cairns and Karen Todman (Canada)

"A valuable experience and fun!"
High Commission of Canada

Terry Knee and Bernadette Knee at the Red Jacket stand

"Very well organized, well run, good attendance"
Terry Knee, Red Jacket


Embassy Magazine editor Elizabeth Stewart

Embassy Event Expo a hit
Over 100 diplomats from 60 missions attended the first-ever Embassy Events Expo at the Park Plaza Victoria Hotel, where they met a range of event industry experts for a packed afternoon of presentations and networking. Former head of FCO protocol Charles de Chassiron briefed diplomats on managing VIP visits, after which security specialist Steve Massey of Mitig8 Specialist Risks gave a talk on event security and Zanine Adams, head of Visit London Event Solutions, gave attendees tips on organising a diplomatic function with a difference.

The day ended with a fun wine-tasting competition, hosted by the Embassy Premium Partner International Diplomatic Supplies and some lucky guests bagged some great prizes on offer, including a weekend break at any Park Plaza Hotel in the UK, a spa treatment at Le Kalon Spa from The Bentley Hotel, dinner for two at The Goring, tickets to The Dali Universe, a night at the Marriott Grosvenor Square and a choice of drinks worth £100 from IDS. But no-one walked away empty handed as all guests received an Embassy Conference & Banqueting Directory full of useful advice and contacts.

The Event Expo was sponsored by IDS, The Bentley Hotel, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Park Plaza Hotel.


Ramesh Costa, General Manager, Park Plaza Victoria

Kate Coombridge (London Transport Museum) talks to Sirma McKellar (Turkey) at the Unique Venues of London Stand

Lucy Stoddart (Inneventive) talks to Viphawan Benniman (Royal Thai Embassy)

"All in all, I can honestly say the event was successful, as it provided an avenue for us to meet and interact with service providers personally"
Ghana High Commission

Ken Odera (Ghana) chats to Nick Allen (Park Plaza Hotels)

David Scott (Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea) swaps cards with George Fynn (Ghana)

"Very useful to connect with this sector"
Rhian Snook, Royal Institution of Great Britain

Harpist Rebeca Jones

Nathalie Granier (Swiss Business Hub UK) and Tanuja Kashyap (Switzerland) catch up

Steve Massey, Head of Counter Terrorism Operations at Mitig8 Specialist Risks, gives a briefing on event security

"Excellent networking opportunity with Embassy colleagues. Well organized, structured event"
Natalie Harris, The Langham, London

Miss Mutebe (Zambia) talks to Grant Simmonds MBE (British School of Protocol)

Jimmy Platt of The Guards Museum

Adil Mukhtar (Pakistan) and Haralambos Stavrou (Beyond Certainty Limited) swap cards

"The event was a great opportunity to network and refresh the contact list with new services providers"
Angolan Embassy

Tea is served

Zanine Adams, head of Visit London Event Solutions

Dee Rowley (Aeonian Heritage Rooms) with Fattouma Hillal (Morocco)

"It was a unique event with a wonderful format. Everything you could want under ONE ROOF! Plus very entertaining"
Embassy of Belarus

Toastmaster Roy Theobald

Phil Nankivell and Frances Dore at the D and D London stand

Rodolfo Burgos Bizantino (Equatorial Guinea) chats to Vivek Thadhani (The May Fair)

'"Well organised and very fruitful"
Royal Thai Embassy

Grant Simmonds MBE (British School of Protocol) and Charles de Chassiron (Royal Garden Hotel)

"First class event which provided a plethora of opportunities to meet key industry people"
Grant Simonds, British School of Protocol

Aymeric de Bergevin (The London Marriott Grosvenor Square) talks to Veronica Harfuch (Argentina)

Sherry Buxton and Stephen Hulme (Berry Marquees) chat to Beatrice Alfaro (El Salvador)

"Impressed with the whole event and presentations, from the “unlock London” experience, conference and banqueting ideas to the wine –tasting session. Totally enjoyed the first-time experience as a delegate"
Fiji High Commisssion

Embassy editor Elizabeth Stewart draws the competition winners

Competition winner Marie Kato (Poland) and Rob Chambers (The Dali Universe)

Hakon Sveinsson (Iceland) talks to Jamie Wallis (Company of Pikemen and Musketeers)

"Very useful and informative"
Egyptian Consulate

Hakon Sveinsson (Iceland) talks to Eleanor Dale (St James’s Hotel and Club)

Competition winner Gul Umut (Turkey) receives her prize from Rob Chambers (The Dali Universe)

"The event was great, I enjoyed it a lot"

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