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It's back. After the success of the first Speakeasy, the second is on its way. So keep July 5th free as that's when it'll be happening in a London venue. And the topic's a hot one: What should be done about the Trump Slump? Brexit started the pound sliding which gave British travellers fewer dollars in their pockets overnight. Then the US political landscape changed quite spectacularly, giving rise to a new term in travel: the Trump Slump.

Designate went underground with the first Speakeasy we hosted last week. We found a suitable stylish cocktail bar where a select audience and a prestigious panel debated a range of topics around the importance of brand. The travel industry was particularly well represented, with speakers from Travelzoo, Tropical Sky and G Adventures, but we had the benefit of some experience and insights from the insurance sector in the form of our client LV= too. And to add some

Why is the train I am sitting on dual-branded? I am on a train to Paddington after one of those days that has been so productive so far, I would only need to work one day a week. Being up at 5.30a.m. in our house is pretty standard behaviour of late. The mornings are getting lighter, the bin men have the recycling to empty and the seagulls are back. Oh, and our beautiful Beatrice now knows how to

We’re incredibly pleased that our lovely client Kuoni won the very prestigious Travel Brand of the Year award at last night’s Travel Marketing Awards 2017. It’s been a fun and focused year working with the Kuoni team, their brand and some exciting campaigns, so we couldn’t be prouder to see all the hard work has paid off! Travel is a competitive market with everyone fighting for standout and brand recognition, but the most successful campaigns are those

We’re very happy to announce the venue for our Speakeasy event on Wednesday, 29th March at 5pm-7pm. It’s at the Dirty Martini bar, close to Monument tube. The topic for the night is ‘What Makes You Think You’re So Special? Exploring the role of Brand versus Product, Price and Promotion.’ There’s a great panel lined up: – Richard Singer, President Europe at Travelzoo – Brian Young, Managing Director EMEA at G Adventures – Mike Collins, Managing Director of Tropical Sky – Nick Whitnell, Head of GI

New York really is the city that never sleeps. All day and all night, it hums with an energy unlike any where else. Adam and I had the pleasure of a trip to the Big Apple to meet with our exciting new FMCG client, Keep Healthy. Whilst we were there, we took every opportunity to absorb the creativity, the humans and the boldness of this most impressive city. Boldness is something that came back to me time and

When you’re booking a once-in-a-lifetime experience like an African safari, you probably want to be reassured by friendly and trusted experts who will guide you through the overwhelming raft of information. You’ll also want someone who can guarantee you a truly tailormade experience. With over 30 years’ experience and a dedicated passionate team, who have all experienced the product first hand, Africa Sky are experts in their field. So, last year we were delighted with the

We’re launching a brand new event for 2017. The Speakeasy. A panel of industry experts. A subject that no one else is talking about. And your chance to ask them the questions that matter. The first event is now taking place at 4pm, Wednesday 29th March at a suitably appropriate venue in London. And the debate topic is  “What Makes You Think You’re So Special?” Exploring the role of Brand versus Product, Price and Promotion. We have a great panel lined

We’ve been involved in a new TV ad. for Brittany Ferries. The winter break sees the launch of a new campaign for the company, continuing our successful 'For Anyone' work. Featuring a voiceover by star of My Family, Kriss Marshall, the ads convey the delightfully different holiday experiences available relatively close to home with Brittany Ferries the operator of choice . And that's not just their convenient routes that take you to the best bits of

Here's something new that we’re really delighted to be sharing with you. Our latest campaign for Kuoni, the luxury travel specialists. We've created their new turn of year campaign which highlights their wide range of holiday destinations. [embed]https://youtu.be/Ui0Kqk9SiA0[/embed] Kuoni are well-known for their Maldives holidays, but their portfolio encapsulates destinations and experiences in whole host of different places from long haul beach destinations to African safaris and cruise holidays too. Their range and fantastic and the comprehensive service they provide sets Kuoni apart. We