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UFI’s European Conference comes to Birmingham, UK

UFI’s 2019 European Conference is taking place 15-17 May in Birmingham, UK. The theme of the event is ‘The Organisers’ Future’, and will focus on what’s in store for organisers in Europe and beyond. It will cover global opportunities from a European perspective, as well as focusing on the USA, China and Russia. The opening keynote session will feature prominent broadcaster Robert Peston, and forme...

The Big Reveal at UK’s NEC

On Wednesday 10 October event profs gathered at the NEC as the venue unveiled the results of a £4.5m transformation, nicknamed Project Facelift, and introduced the all-new Bear Grylls Adventure. Check out the video above and gallery below for more.

Blackstone confirms acquisition of NEC Group

Private equity company Blackstone has announced the acquisition of the UK’s NEC Group – encompassing the NEC, Resorts World Arena, ICC Birmingham, The Ticket Factory and more –from the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group (known as LDC) in a deal worth a reported £800m. LDC originally backed a management buyout of the Group from Birmingham City Council in 2015 for £307m. Since then, it...

Big jump in delegate numbers Down Under for new minister to build on

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has announced an increase of 32% in visitors arriving to attend a conference in the country. The figures cover the 12 months to June 2018 y-on-y. And, for the single month of June this year, alone, there were a total of 21,100 arrivals in June 2018 whose main purpose of coming to Australia was a convention/conference. This translates to a 19% increase against Ju...

NEC unveils plans for £4.5m transformation

The NEC has unveiled details of an extensive £4.5m (US $6m) redevelopment which, management says, will completely change the look and feel of the iconic venue. The first phase of the three-year project – the exterior of Halls 1 and 5 – began in June 2018 and is set to be completed in late August. Kathryn James, MD for NEC Group Conventions and Exhibitions, said: “We have seen our NEC campus change...