At my job I am lucky enough to work on some fun and exciting projects. We started collaborating with Thomas Cook Airlines in December on how to best highlight the Manchester to Las Vegas route – and one thing that dominated our research into social listening from the last few years was the prevalence of glamorous celebrity parties and the launch of Britney Spears’ residency at the Hard Rock Hotel. This cemented what we knew about Vegas; it is just as much a lifestyle destination as a travel one.Based on this we put together a blogger event, hosted at the Milton Club in Manchester. The theme was ‘Divas Glam Vegas’ – an opportunity for local lifestyle bloggers to enjoy the glamour of Las Vegas first hand.
I spent the first part of the night at the entrance welcoming the attendees to the event with one of our signature cocktails and a pack of Divas postcards featuring facts about Vegas. We also have a Divas Glam Vegas micro site with further information, including the lovely illustrations that were made for the campaign. Once inside the main part of the venue, attendees had the opportunity to take a chance on the roulette table, select from a range of treatments at the beauty station, or take some Vegas themed snaps in the photo booth.
We use Tagboard to present a live stream of activity on social media against our hashtag #divasglamvegas to the bloggers could catch themselves on screen just like divas do!
Our roulette table was a diva suitable pink and purple, kitted out with custom ‘diva dollar’s featuring our bespoke branding. The top earned for the night won a bottle of bubbly for their efforts.
The highlight of the night for me was our Britney Spears impersonator Michaela Weeks. She looked so much like the real thing and even treated us to a performance of Toxic on the bar!
Overall it was an amazing night full of great company. If you want to see more from the bloggers who attended check out the Tagboard below! Thomas Cook offer flights from Manchester, Belfast, Glasgow and London from £205 so being a Diva is pretty damn affordable.
Margate on the North coast of Kent is the perfect budget summer getaway from London. It’s an ambling 1 hr 45 minute train journey from Victoria through the suburbs and along the coast. Margate doesn’t have the best reputation; everyone in our carriage decided they needed to comment on what a bad decision we were making.
They were wrong; Margate is amazing.
Margate’s Old Town is vintage shop after vintage shop. The prices are a fraction of London’s, the quality of the stock is top notch, and the interiors are exquisitely thematic.
Margate’s Rough Trade is a unique and large store acting as a collaborative trading space for independent designers and artists. Featuring vintage clothing, hand made jewellery and it’s own hair salon, this is a must visit stop when shopping in the Old Town
We spent the weekend stuffing our faces. I’d recommend Fort’s Cafe for massive cooked breakfasts in probably the most hipster setting in the County, while the Cupcake Cafe does a lovely cream tea, especially if you want to dine in floor to ceiling Cath Kidston style kitsch.
It;s origins are unknown, but somehow a magical grotto was carved underground and decorated with over 4 million shells in swirling patterns, and it’s got only a £3.50 entrance fee.
We were in Margate for two days and during that time there were two festivals and a carnival. The council have gone full force to create an thriving atmosphere all summer long, so be sure to check what’s going on to make the most of your trip.
Of course there is. A lovely long golden bay of sand and sea. Not the best in the world, but it does everything it needs to! This is was very welcome when escaping from the endless bustle of London. Nearby Broadstairs is meant to be a great choice if sand based activites are your top priority.
With the infamous Dreamland due to reopen in the next few years as a Heritage focused theme park featuring vintage rides, it won’t be long until Margate is heavy with tourists. It was already given 7th place on Rough Guide’s Must Visit Destinations of 2013, and it won’t be long until every publication is singing it’s praises.