Brexit

Business travel on the rise in the UK despite Brexit

Advantage Travel Partnership, the UK’s largest independent travel agent and travel management company (TMC) consortium, has revealed the findings of its 2018 Hotels Market Report. The report shows that the UK regional capitals are performing strongly, with overall room nights booked growing by 8% across the top 250 UK cities. London continues to be business travellers’ favourite capital for work t...

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...

Brexit and events: Nick de Bois weighs in

Nick de Bois, former MP for Enfield North, former chief of staff to Dominic Raab, Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, and former MD of Rapier Group, talks through what the latest Brexit news might mean for companies operating in the events industry. Interview by EN editor Nicola McDonald   What is your advice for events businesses at this point? I think businesses that are taking steps to ...

Brexit – the good news for London City venues

Nearly 77% of London City venues, according to a recent survey, are expecting an increase in revenue in the next 12 months, in spite of the apparent uncertainty caused by Brexit. The survey, carried out by London City Selection (LCS) – a consortium of City venues and suppliers – uncovered several other positive findings. Notably, that 70% of respondents are optimistic about the coming year and 70%...

Confex keynote: Alastair Campbell on Brexit, Trump and mental health

Politician and journalist Alastair Campbell made an appearance on the main stage of Confex 2019, providing a ‘state of the nation’ update on Brexit and other issues. He began by speculating about the reasons Brexit appealed to so many during the referendum, commenting: “I don’t think Brexit was even about the EU. I think it was to do with the financial crash. “The people who were hit hardest by it...

Fever pitch on Brexit

James Heappey MP, chair of the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group for Events, tells CMW about the UK event industry’s Brexit concerns.   The Brexit debate has reached fever pitch, and I’m not sure that anyone is really enjoying it beyond those few politicians and journalists for whom this defines their politics. My constituents tell me that they’re sick of it. Many of them oppose the deal tha...

Portugal announces contingencies to ease Brexit travel concerns

Due to uncertainty and the possibility of a No Deal Brexit, the Portuguese Government has prepared a contingency plan to avoid, as far as possible, disruption for British travellers to the country, the country’s tourism board has said. This plan includes the following measures: Visa exemption (trips up to 90 days) Dedicated passport control areas/lanes for UK flights Possibility of mutual recognit...