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Mice Net : December 2008
news uk with story By Toni EaTTs you know those ‘101-things-you- must-do-before-you-die’ lists? here’s one more thing to add - visit virgin atlantic’s clubhouse at heathrow. Workshops at Manchester United. Manchester Central This is the city’s main conference and exhibition space. Located in central Manchester, it is close to hotels and shopping. www.manchestercentral.co.uk/ The Monastery Following a £6 million restoration, this High Victorian Gothic architectural masterpiece makes an inspirational venue. It has flexible space which can work for a meeting, event or dinner for 50 to 500 people. www.themonasterymanchester.co.uk Liverpool The Beatles Story – This unique interactive museum takes visitors on a journey into the life, times, culture and music of The Beatles. It’s available for private viewings, cocktail parties and dinner dances. www.beatlesstory.com/ Hard Day’s Night Hotel Situated just yards away from the world-famous Cavern Club where The Beatles enjoyed early success, this hotel has 110 guest rooms kitted out with artwork depicting different aspects of The Beatles’ lives. www.harddaysnighthotel.com Tate Liverpool More than a stylish gallery, this converted warehouse plays hosts to a variety of events from seminars and conferences to elegant banquets and formal corporate functions. www.tate. org.uk/liverpool/ To learn more about meetings and incentives in the UK visit www.visitbritain.com. 102 mice.net Your upper-class ticket will get you in, so you walk through the glass doors, store your hand luggage and then decide what comes next. A shower or a cocktail? A massage, manicure, spray tan or hair cut? Perhaps a sit-down meal at the bistro? Or maybe a quick game of pool followed by a snooze in the observation deck. This lounge has so much to offer you’ll almost be wishing your flight is delayed! In fact, after experiencing it, I emailed Lisa Dosanjh, corporate and groups sales executive, Virgin Atlantic Airways in Sydney, and said I’d enjoyed it so much I wanted to live there. “Funny you should say that,” Lisa replied, “we’re producing a new piece of Clubhouse collateral and the subheading is ‘No, you can’t come and live here’”. Thanks to Lisa, my premium economy ticket was upgraded for the flights to and from Sydney and Hong Kong during my return trip to London for Discovery 2008. Virgin Atlantic’s premium economy provides good value for those long hauls so best we look at that before examining the luxury of upper-class. When you travel premium economy, you still have to board with those at the back but as soon as you’re seated you’re offered a drink, including sparkling wine. The seats feel more spacious than economy and recline enough for sleeping. However, that flight from Hong Kong to London is a killer, and at around the eight-hour mark, you may need a quick lap of economy to remind yourself of the extra space you have. In upper-class, however, you sleep soundly under a duvet in a completely flat bed. The seats are wide and come with an ottoman that doubles as a seat for a guest and a tantalising menu. Lisa says Virgin Atlantic is pushing to win more of the corporate market. “We are aware of how it can be a nightmare to manage large groups. That’s why our flexible booking conditions are designed to make life easier for the booking agent,” she says. “Be sure to catch the sparkling Virgin Atlantic team at AIME.” Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. virgin atlantic