Posts Tagged ‘TES’

Double Decker Bus Tour of Barcelona

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

These photos were taken Monday, March 5 while sightseeing around Barcelona, Spain. The European Summit 2012 did not have anything scheduled until later in the afternoon, so Karen of Orbital Pay and I decided to take a double decker bus tour of Barcelona. I have become a recent fan of taking these tours after exploring London, Chicago and even Hollywood via bus. It is a great way to see the different areas of a city you are unfamiliar with. (more…)

Arriving in Barcelona for The European Summit 2012

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

These photos were taken on my flight from LAX to Barcelona and some of the sights from my first day there. The European Summit 2012(TES 2012), Barcelona began on Monday, March 5 so I headed out of LAX on Saturday morning so I could have some time to adjust to the new time zone before the show started. Arriving at 7:00 AM on Sunday, it was far too early to check in to the Hotel Barcelona Universal, so I dumped my bags off and headed over to the Hotel Miramar to see if there were any other early arrivals. No one was awake there either.

I took a few photos from around both hotels, and when the Universal allowed me to check in six hours early I jumped on it. When I awoke, I headed back to the Miramar, where the Online Dating Summit was wrapping up. There I met a few friends and we headed off to the El Born section of the city for some tapas and Spanish wine. (more…)

The European Summit 2011 Review

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Billed as Europe’s leading B2B conference for the online entertainment industries, The European Summit (TES) 2011 was held in Prague, CZ at the Hotel Praha. While the show was said to last from September 20-23, that was stretching it. The show itself was really on the 21st and 22nd with some warm-up activities provided by YNOT and Cybersocket. I am not sure what, if anything, went on the 23rd. Most people were headed to London or Munich from what I could see.

The Venue

The Hotel Praha is huge. Sadly, there are only 136 rooms. If it was Las Vegas they would have made it into a 700 room hotel. In Prague they make the rooms very large. The result was inevitable, the show hotel sold out quickly. Several of us stayed at the Silenzio Hotel which was just down the hill. I know others stayed closer to downtown Prague. It seemed that attendees were pretty spread out, more than normal.

It was pretty obvious that the hotel and staff were not prepared for the influx of business at the bar. I arrived fairly late Monday evening after traveling from Amsterdam. There were several of us that had the same thing in mind, and that was food. The front desk told us there was none to be had in the hotel and no one knew of much other than a KFC that would be open past 10:00 PM. I opted out of the KFC option and discovered that there was some food that could be ordered at the bar. What they failed to mention was that the bar only had a very limited number of beers in stock. That was gone in a flash. Yes, they had other alcohol available, but I really wanted a beer. (more…)