UK

Bed tax: funding stream or destination nightmare?

Phillip Cooke (pictured below left) investigates the contentious issue of bed tax, which has sprung up in many destinations around the globe. But is it a solution, or a further problem?   Many countries and cities are able to  devote large sums of money to promoting and developing their tourism industries via a system that taxes the visitor, not the host. These competing regions, most notably...

New Events Industry Board survey to help identify EU funding infrastructure

The UK Events Industry Board’s (EIB) Working Group for Infrastructure has launched a survey to help collate the value of EU grants, funding infrastructure and service-related projects that have benefited business events across the UK. Since Britain joined the European Union in 1973, the European Investment Bank has lent €118bn to help fund UK infrastructure projects. The EIB subgroup is keen to un...

Ottawa’s UK roadshow cements long-term partnerships

Ottawa Tourism has completed a week-long European roadshow involving reaching out to key association clients. The team from the Canadian capital gained valuable face time with both current and potential clients as part of Ottawa’s ongoing business development strategy to win long-term business. Representatives of the Shaw Centre, Ottawa’s main convention centre, were part of the delegation and Nin...

UK’s Events Industry Board appoints Michael Hirst OBE as Chair

Michael Hirst OBE has been appointed as the new Chairman of the UK’s Events Industry Board by Michael Ellis MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport following the resignation of Nick de Bois last summer. Hirst has served as Deputy Chair since the creation of the Events Industry Board in 2016. He is also Chair of the Business Visits and Events...

ZSL London Zoo hosts ‘Into the Wild’ Summer Showcase

London Zoo hosted an ‘Into the Wild’ summer showcase on 6 March, to familiarise attendees with the venue and promote it as a host of conferences and events. The evening featured glass bear costumes, circus performers, a variety of animals including an armadillo and a llama, a carousel, photo booth and plenty of food and drink. The Prince Albert Suite has been refurbished by CH&CO, and has capa...

Belfast launches its largest ever dedicated business tourism campaign

Belfast’s official tourism marketing agency, Visit Belfast, has launched a brand new marketing campaign designed to rapidly accelerate the volume of inbound business conferences and events taking place in the city. Emphasising the importance of business tourism to Belfast and Northern Ireland, and developed by Visit Belfast with 13 major partners from the city’s thriving tourism industry – Belfast...

UK’s NewcastleGateshead to unveil plans for new £250m convention centre at Confex

The UK’s NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau and Gateshead Council will be unveiling plans for a £250m scheme to create an international convention and exhibition centre at this year’s International Confex, which will take place 26 – 27 February 2019 in Olympia London. Gateshead Council is working in partnership with award-winning property developer Ask Real Estate and leading development m...

GL events UK releases ‘Good Event Guide’

GL events UK has launched ‘Good Event Guide’, offering organisers tips on how to improve their event. The guide emphasises the importance of sustainability, CSR and health & wellbeing in the industry today. It can be viewed here. Contributors include We are the Fair’s Nick Morgan, The Bulb’s Selina Donald, and A Greener Festival’s Claire O’Neill. They discuss tips for improving sustainability,...

UK Conference and Meeting Survey 2019: take part now

Conference and meeting venues in the UK are being urged to take part in the 2019 ‘UK Conference and Meeting Survey’ (UKCAMS), which is being launched today, 4 February, principally sponsored by VisitBritain. The UKCAMS 2019 report is scheduled for publication in June. TAKE THE SURVEY HERE This vital research into the UK’s conference and meetings sector, now in its 26th consecutive year, has a spec...

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...

UK agents take a healthy step at LVP Boot Camp Weekend

The UK’s Lime Venue Portfolio attracted 40 event professionals to its January Boot Camp during the National Obesity Awareness Week (14-20 January) for an initiative designed to support World Obesity’s Healthy Venue campaign. The boot camp bought together both event professionals and their families, to focus on health and wellbeing, including fitness activities, nutritional education and a mindfuln...

Travel Leaders Group acquires UK event management business YES

Travel Leaders Group has acquired UK-based YES (Your Event Solutions), a MICE business with global meetings and event expertise. The addition of YES complements Travel Leaders Group’s growing presence in the meetings & incentive marketplace, and will provide both firms with additional geographic reach and industry expertise. A full-service event provider, YES provides a range of corporate even...

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