BMEIS 2017/18 reveals drop in attendee numbers

The last twelve months have been interesting for the UK economy. Post the BREXIT referendum result exchange rates for sterling plummeted, growth rate predictions have been lowered, inflation has risen to its highest rate since 2012 yet the FTSE remains buoyant. These have all created challenges for the UK meetings industry. This year’s British Meetings …read entire article

Blackpool Conference Centre starts on site

Great news that the work on site for Blackpool Conference Centre at the Winter Gardens will start very soon, with completion and handover due for April 2019.

The new facilities include 1600 sq m of space over 2 floors and link in to the Empress Ballroom, Opera House and other rooms within the Winter Gardens, …read entire article

Launch of Business Events Wales

We are delighted that Business Events Wales is being launched based on the strategy and action plan we prepared in 2016 following a thorough scoping study. This identified major opportunities to help economic growth in Wales through focus on events related to specific sectors and areas of expertise across Wales including:

Advanced motor manufacturing Energy …read entire article

Tales from the citadel

We are looking for stories of the major and memorable events that have taken place in convention centres. Tell us about the historic, hilarious, heartwarming or heart stopping moments at occasions and events in your centre.

Who of the world’s famous faces have visited your centre? Did they live up to your expectations? At EICC …read entire article

Emerging trends for conference venues

What do clients want from venues in 2017? and what will they want in the future?

Megatrends such as socio political factors, the local and global economy, demographics, security and safety, mobility, urbanisation, sustainability and technology are hugely affecting the meetings industry.

Recent political changes suggest reactions against globalisation will impact national and international …read entire article

Inspiring the Business Leaders of Tomorrow

Over 1.3 million meetings are held every year in the UK. Are they productive? Are they motivating our workforce? Are they generating the future employees and business leaders we need to ensure the UK remains the 5th largest economy in the world by GDP? …read entire article

BMEIS 16/17

BMEIS 16/17 is now available, invaluable insights from interviews with nearly 500 British event organisers showing yearly trends of preferences for destinations and venues.

A snapshot of results:

Volume of events back closer to 2014 levels after reductions last year 34% of corporates and 30% of associations expecting to organise more events in next 12 …read entire article

Subvention and Bid Support Practices 2016

Our latest research looks at Subvention and Bid Support Practices, principally in the UK, but with valuable information from other destinations throughout the world. Key findings are:

Conference organisers

Subvention is an important influence on choice of destination for international associations and charity organisations. The most common form of subvention received by organisers was direct …read entire article


I launched the results of the latest ICCA Venue Trend Survey at the ICCA Venue sector chapter meeting Monday 18th April.

They suggest that ICCA Venue members are experiencing an increasingly competitive environment with many planning refurbishment and more requiring subsidies for ongoing operation and capital expenditure. Here are some of the most interesting results:

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How to reinvent your venue

How to reinvent your venue?- refurbishment – expansion – rebranding – tech upgrades – or -demolish and replace?

It’s a competitive world out there. ICCA has 346 venue members and their meeting statistics record 450 cities. UIA meeting statistics record 1493 destinations. And that’s just for international association congresses, on top of that you have …read entire article

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