Sign in or Register
 
 
Register today to receive each issue absolutely FREE!
Brisbane hopes to capitalise on hosting the G20 in November with its new...
More
CMW looks at Kaohsiung's latest bid to win congress business from the...
More
The development of a global business district and renovation along the...
More


Exhibition World Issue 76
Issue 76
Supplement: Basque Country
Supplement: Bright lights, big cities
NEC UNVEILS PLANS FOR NEW CONFERENCE CENTRE
posted on: 11/4/2011 13:43:47
NEC_unveils_plans_for_new_conference_cenre_

UK - The NEC Group hopes to have a new conference and banqueting centre open under its management by the end of 2013, under new plans unveiled at the LG Arena, 11 April.

NEC Group Chief Executive Paul Thandi showcased the plans, in conjunction with Genting Casinos’ Resorts World, to develop land between the LG Arena and the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Subject to planning permission and a ’large’ casino licence from Solihull Council, the plan is for a seven storey, 55,000sqm Resorts World complex, including a conference centre on its second floor.

NEC Group Chief Operating Office John Hornby told CMW that the new conference centre would hold up to 1,000 for dinners and up to 600 delegates for a flat floor conference. “It will link well with the planned hotel under one roof,” he said.

A council decision is expected at the end of May 2011 after the local elections.

Thandi told CMW that the new complex would “landmark the group’s development”, under a project worth £120m to Solihull.
“We want to be the place people come to discover the future of 21st Century entertainment,” said  Thandi. “The new entertainment complex project will drive us back into the profile where we used to be: the No.1 destination for exhibitions and conferences in Europe.”

Thandi said casino operator Genting’s £120m investment followed £29m already spent on the LG Arena and claimed the venue was now “the second most competitive arena in the UK after The O2”.

The casino planning permission and licence, Thandi noted, represented the third stage of development and would enable The NEC to become a 24/365 destination.

Executive Deputy Chairman of Genting Casinos, Peter Brooks, also addressed the press conference and said the go-ahead would mean over a thousand new local jobs at The NEC, and 1,700 in the construction phase.

“This is the best such development scheme in the UK by far,” said Brooks, who noted the Resorts World in Sentosa had been built in less than three years by Genting. “There is no doubt about our firepower or ability to deliver,” he stressed. He was careful not to take the permissions still needed for granted: “Casino licensing is, after all, bedevilled by bureaucracy,” he said.

“We are determined to add value to the complex and to the NEC offer,” he added, noting the complex would include 300 extra parking spaces and a multi-screen cinema in what will be Genting’s largest investment in Europe.

Thandi  said the new conference and banqueting centre would be able to house awards and banqueting style events that are exhibition-led and not just those led by the International Convention Centre in the centre of Birmingham. A four or five-star hotel and spa is also in the plans.

Hornby also told CMW the group was yet to appoint a successor as GM at the ICC to Geoff Fenlon who left last month.

Do you have a news story for CMW? Email: pcolston@mashmedia.net

Print:
Email:
Share article:
COMMENTS
Would you like to Leave a Comment?
LATEST NEWS
AUSTRALASIA - Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has appointed Helen Fairclough as the new Director of People and Culture, following an international search.

Robert Dunsmore is the latest recruit in a series of appointments made by Global Experience Specialists (GES), to develop its live event offering in the EMEA region.

XING EVENTS LAUNCHES NEW PEOPLE2MEET TOOL
posted on: 25/7/2014 11:48:01
EUROPE - Event management software specialist Xing Events has launched a new people2meet tool to allow attendees to discover who they want to make contact with before an event has begun.

WORLD - Gary Grimmer, CEO of consulting and sales representation firm GainingEdge, has been honoured by Destination Marketing Association International as one of the first six inductees into its newly established Hall of Fame.

To mark the three-month countdown to the IMEX Challenge CSR programme, and as a call to action for industry professionals to get involved, staff from IMEX America gathered at The Shade Tree Shelter in Vegas last week.