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Battersea Power Station Sparks Back to Life as Event Space

Battersea Power Station has been a London landmark since 1933 when station A was completed and began producing electricity. Shut down in 1983, the facility is now undergoing regeneration, which will create new event spaces for organisers to hire: Generator Hall, Control Room A and three others. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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EuroELSO 2020: Creating Legacies in Life Support

Dr Nicholas Barrett is Consultant in Critical Care at London’s Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Starting out in Sydney Australia, he now specialises in extra-corporeal life support for acute heart and lung failure. Dr Barrett is also Chair of EuroELSO 2020, being held at London’s Queen Elizabeth II Centre next May. The congress…

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Meeting Talks Brexit: Brexit Did Not Attend

On the very day Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised the UK would be leaving the European Union “do or die” (October 31st, and spoiler alert, it did not), the European Tourism Association gathered over 100 delegates from across leisure and business tourism to discuss Brexit’s impact on the sector. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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New Metrics Revealed by ICE Insights Report

In-house Corporate Events has unveiled new research at Cvent CONNECT Europe 2019. The ICE Insights 2019 report, in conjunction with Cvent, identifies how corporate meetings organisers are focusing on the use of different metrics including non-event data to better understand trends and to improve their return on investment. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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QEII Centre Contributes £153.1m to UK

London’s QEII Centre has posted its highest-ever economic contribution to the UK. The Gross Value Added figure of £153.1 million is an rise of 72.6 percent since 2013 – 14. Last year, MPs voted for a refurbishment of Parliament that could see the House of Lords rehoused in the venue. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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ECM Summer School: Destination Marketing Impact

While some destinations fail to invest in reaping the rewards of business and professional events (the current example being the Scottish capital and the public sector funding cuts devastating convention and visitors bureau Marketing Edinburgh), meetings are increasingly being acknowledged by city authorities across the board for the economic and social legacies they leave. Iceberg…

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Sibos Final Figures: 11,500 Attendees

Final figures from SWIFT’s Sibos, the world’s largest gathering of financial services professionals, show that the event at ExCeL London did indeed previous records during its week of residency. Delegate numbers were much higher than expected, with 11,500 visitors and 300 exhibitors attending from over 150 countries. From Association Meetings International…

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Magazine London Opens for Events

Magazine London, one of the largest event spaces in the capital, has now opened for business. The facility in Greenwich Peninsula has capacity for up to 3,000 people standing indoors and 7,000 outdoors. It has already attracted a wide variety of high-profile, public and private events ahead of 2020. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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ExCeL London: Jeremy Rees on the Power of Events and of People

Jeremy Rees, ExCeL London CEO, has been revealing his plans for the future of the venue. Topics covered include measuring event success, budgets, safety, changes inside the industry, and the sector’s wider recognition. Ahead of Sibos, the centre upgraded its W-Fi, and also installed a living wall of more than 9,500 plants (see picture). From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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Record Sibos Staged at ExCeL London

ExCeL London has hosted Sibos, the world’s premier financial services event, for the first time. With over 9,000 business leaders attending alongside 300 banking and fintech exhibitors, it was Sibos’ largest-ever audience and exhibitor participation. A host of fringe activity also took place around London, delivering significant economic impact. From Association Meetings International…

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#EventWell19: Could Client RFIs Improve Sector Mental Health?

The shame and stigma of mental illness need to be addressed within the events industry. That was the call at UK Event Wellbeing Week 2019 in London. One idea raised was that clients might foster change, as they increasingly ask about work culture in RFIs (requests for information). From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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