Venue Etc, a professional, free, worldwide sourcing agency that offers accommodation, conference and event services, received an award for its outstanding booking performance in the annual Six Continents Hotels incentive Drive In and Win programme.

The programme is for small to medium independent conference agents throughout the UK and Ireland.

Some of the top independent conference bookers gathered for an evening of extravaganza, cabaret and entertainment from Graham Norton at the Inter-Continental London on Hyde Park Corner.

Danny Barranger, vice-president of sales for EMEA at Six Continents Hotels, said: “The party is a great way to launch the 2002 programme.

“This year we have doubled the number of hotels taking part and agents will be competing to win a Mini Cooper, a range of exciting holidays as well as earning Next and Marks & Spencer vouchers through our scheme.”

This year's Drive In and Win programme is easy to participate in. When conference agents book day or residential meetings in participating Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza or Inter-Continental Hotels, they will be entitled to claim shopping vouchers.

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