Martin Fullard

UK government’s £250,000 Wi-Fi competition opens for venues

Tourism Minister Rebecca Pow has launched a competition for conference centres across the UK to apply for funding to improve broadband infrastructure with the aim of hosting more international conferences at UK venues. 

Conference organisers encouraged to ‘Make it Edinburgh’

Hotel investment from global brands is reinforcing Edinburgh’s appeal as a world-leading conference, incentive meeting and events destination.  

UK’s The Business of Events Forum launches first international event

The UK's The Business of Events has announced an expanded programme for 2019, including its first international event and a new venue for its flagship Senior Leadership Forum. 

ExCeL London’s #NoPlastic campaign kicks off

Earlier this year, ExCeL London launched a #NoPlastic Campaign, to outline the venue’s commitment to tackling this global issue.

Cvent launches interactive floorplans

Hotels and venues featured on the Cvent Supplier Network now have the ability to feature an interactive floor plan for any space at their property.

Marriott to be fined £100m for data breach

US hotel group Marriott International is to be fined £99.2m, reports the BBC.

Former Grass Roots MD launches new agency

Des Mclaughlin, founder of HBI and former MD of Grass Roots Meetings & Events (now BCD M&E) has announced the launch of Meet, a venue sourcing and events agency based in Holland Park, London.

Theresa May outlines ambitious new Tourism Sector Deal for the UK

Theresa May has announced an ambitious new tourism sector deal for the UK, designed to ensure the country’s future as a global player in the international tourism market.

UK Home Secretary to review migrant worker salary threshold

The UK Home Secretary has said he will “re-think” the proposed minimum salary threshold for migrant workers post-Brexit.

SEC sees 38% growth in corporate sales

Following the announcement of a record year for the Scottish Event Campus (SEC), the venue has today released further figures on what has also been a record year for corporate events at the venue. The SEC recently announced that, aside from the year of the Commonwealth Games in 2014, it has enjoyed the most successful year in the history of the business, with conferences posting a record year with...

ILEA announces new regional vice president

Jane Hague, head of business development, conferences and events, at ExCeL London has been selected as the new regional vice president EMEA for the International Live Events Association (ILEA). This role sees Hague return to a leadership role within the association, following her tenure as president of the UK Chapter in 2012. The role of RVP EMEA oversees a number of international chapters includi...

UK city aims to attract 40% more conference business

Marketing Manchester, the CVB for the UK’s largest Northern city, has launched its five-year strategy which targets 40% growth, adding £345m to the city’s existing business tourism value of £862m (according to figures taken from 2017). The strategy, which was launched to Marketing Manchester members at Manchester Central, 13 June, is based on four pillars: attracting more conferences to the ...