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UK to review plans for HS2 rail project

The UK government is to launch a review of HS2, with a decision on whether the project will go ahead or not due by the end of 2019, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed. Phase 1 of the high-speed railway network between London and Birmingham is due to open at the end of 2026, with Phase 2, connecting to Leeds and Manchester, scheduled for completion by 2032-33. Initially it was claimed t...

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. 

London Film and Comic Con cancelled as organisers blame Brexit

Brexit uncertainty has been blamed by organisers of the London Film and Comic Con, who have cancelled the November event

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. 

UK venue produces action film ‘The Heist’ as showcase

The UK's Telford International Centre has launched what it claims to be an industry first – an action film shot at and showcasing the venue.

Blitz and Manchester Central extend partnership

Manchester Central has announced the extension of its partnership with technical event production specialist, Blitz, a GES company.

Association of Event Venues hosts 15th anniversary conference

The Association of Event Venues welcomed over 200 venue professionals to the AEV Conference at Manchester Central on Thursday, 4 July.

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.

Industry reacts to Theresa May’s Tourism Sector Deal

EIB chairman Michael Hirst and UKinbound chair James Aitken react to today's big news from 10 Downing Street.

Red Bull launches new events space MK-7 at UK headquarters

Red Bull Racing has unveiled a new meeting and events space, MK-7, located alongside its Milton Keynes headquarters.

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 ...

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