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James Rees: Doubled US Business for ExCeL London

It’s been a busy year for James Rees, Executive Director of ExCeL London. Following election as ICCA President in November 2018, Rees reveals his approach to the US market, to diversity at both ExCeL and ICCA, and how being in a New Romantic pop band helped him thrive in the events industry. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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London: Tech and Talent Capital

Despite its reputation of centuries-old tradition, London is the mover and groover of the technology universe. 80 percent of venture capital invested in UK tech firms since 2016 has gone to the capital. This investment is drawing, indeed being facilitated by, venues and events sharing in the sector’s strength. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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London and Paris Join Forces on Incentives

London and Paris are collaborating to offer a range of travel products aimed at North American incentive buyers. Specialised itineraries of the two-in-one incentive trip have been created allowing delegates to experience new cultural attractions, restaurants and hotels in both capital cities. This includes an official partnership with Eurostar. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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£1bn Renovation Green Lit at Olympia London

Olympia London has received planning permission for a £1 billion renovation. The new vision of the 132-year-old exhibition centre is a diverse quarter, with events space, communal areas and leisure facilities. Work will start this year, with the first tenants moving in by 2023, and Olympia will continue to operate during renovation. From Meetings & Incentive Travel…

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“No Plastic” Campaign at ExCeL London

ExCeL London is reducing waste with a “No Plastic” campaign to outline its commitment to this global issue. The approach will initially focus on the 27 retailers along its central boulevard. “Waste from single-use plastic is a critical issue for our industry,” says Jeremy Rees, CEO of ExCeL London. From Boardroom…    

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ACC Liverpool Marks Tenth in Song

Venue ACC Liverpool has marked its tenth birthday at its annual showcase in London. Guests recorded the Beatles’ song “With a Little Help from My Friends” at Abbey Road Studios and took away a CD with them as memento. They also watched a video of famous Liverpool figures wishing the venue happy birthday. From Association Meetings International…

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16 June 2019

City Fair 2019, London, UK

City Fair is the event for European cities, destinations and suppliers to showcase all of their tourism products to the international travel trade in a productive business environment. Join over 150 European cities, destinations and their partners, showcasing their tourism offering to over 100 city break product developers & buyers from international markets. City Fair is a 3-day event organised by ETOA and ECM…

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19 September 2019

M&IT Corporate Challenge 2019, London, UK

Responding to huge market demand, the hugely successful M&IT Agency Challenge concept will be replicated with participation from leading corporate buyers. Organised in association with the Event Marketing Association, the M&IT Corporate Challenge will bring together suppliers and corporate event organisers in the modern way to engage with key new contacts through a creative and interactive…

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1 March 2019

M&IT Industry Awards, London, UK

The event industry’s biggest and most prestigious recognition programme; the only independently audited events industry awards programme. Organised by Meetings & Incentive Travel magazine, the awards event brings together all sectors of the business to reward excellence of service and product and to enjoy fantastic cuisine, fine wines, excellent live entertainment and raise funds for charity.

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Rees Launches ICCA President Campaign

James Rees, Executive Director of ExCeL London, has launched a bid to be President of the International Congress and Convention Association. Rees is one of three candidates to replace Nina Freysen-Pretorius and has now launched a website outlining his campaign. The vote will be announced the ICCA Congress in Dubai this November. From Meetpie.com…

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25 October 2018

PCMA Knowledge Exchange, London

It’s time for business event strategists to shift their thinking from a traditional sponsorship model to grow revenue. Companies are investing more and more in brand experiences than traditional logo placement. Industry leaders representing international associations and corporations will reveal how they continue to evolve their revenue model then guide you through an idea-sharing exercise…

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QEII Centre’s UK Contribution £145m

The QEII Centre’s net economic contribution to the UK was £145 million, a growth of 45 percent in just two years. That’s according to a new Grant Thornton study. The gross value it added to London alone was £111 million. The analysis shows the centre amounted for £312m of gross UK expenditure in 2017/18. From Meetpie.com…

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