Entries by Sally Greenhill

Meet Riga Think Tank

A great day at Meet Riga Think Tank Friday 27th September when representatives from city government and national Latvian government came together to talk with hotels, venues, PCOs, convention bureau and other businesses to focus on how Latvia and Riga can increase market share and have more conferences taking place. I focussed on how they […]

Is your venue’s pricing good value?

The latest ICCA Venue Sector Survey reveals that a more commercial approach to revenue management may not result in good value for the clients. Although public sector ownership of venues increased slightly from 45% to 51% from 2015 to 2018, the percentage being privately managed totals over 60% with a further 11.6% being managed by […]

Destination brand vital to Business Events success

Destination brand is very influential in Business Events’ sales and marketing our analysis of a new survey with UK Convention Bureaus reveals. 25 UK destinations participated in a survey to benchmark their activities.  Key results show the average number of full time and part time staff; the percentage of overall budget allocated to marketing and […]

Distinguishing your destination in a crowded market

There are 1459 international destinations all attracting international association meetings (according to the UIA) . The British Meetings and Events Industry Survey 2018  records 80 UK destination spontaneously mentioned by organisers of events. How do you distinguish your destination and gain competitive edge when there are so many others vying for attention? The key elements […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 events. […]