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Howard’s Way Walk to Hold Final Charity Hike

Ten years after the first Howard’s Way Walk, its organisers have announced that the eighth and final trek on June 8th to 10th will retrace the inaugural route. The event industry charity has raised over £350,000 to fight pancreatic cancer in memory of one of its victims, freelance logistics manager Howard Kerr (pictured). From…

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Blackpool Grows Business Tourism by 55 Percent

Blackpool saw the biggest growth in UK overnight business travel in 2017, with 55 percent more room nights than in 2016. The upsurge comes ahead of the town’s new £25 million conference and exhibition centre, set to open in 2019. According to new research there is significant growth also from Peterborough, Preston and Bradford. From…

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Are Men the Solution to the Gender Pay Gap?

As UK firms must now submit gender pay gap data, it is clear that women working at large event agencies are on average paid less than men. But gender pay gaps and staffing makeup are separate issues. If there are still more men at the top, is this for men to address? From editor’s blog at…

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UK Tourism Minister Confirms Meetings Industry Support

UK tourism minister Michael Ellis has confirmed his willingness to offer more support to the industry in a meeting with the Business Visits and Events Partnership. Ellis replaced predecessor John Glen after a cabinet reshuffle in January. Topics raised included international competitiveness and education, skills and professional development including bespoke apprenticeship schemes. From…

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The HBAA Meetings Barometer 2017

“2017 was a good year for UK meetings industry sales growth” reports Louise Goalen, Chair of HBAA, as the HBAA Meetings Barometer results for 2017 are revealed. The average spend per meeting and average spend per delegate in the UK both grew significantly year on year in 2017, despite a slight decline in the average…

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Average UK Spend Grew in 2017, Says HBAA Meetings Barometer

Average spend both per meeting and per delegate grew significantly in the UK during 2017, says the HBAA Meetings Barometer. The research, developed with The MeetingsBenchmark, also shows the average daily delegate rate down slightly. 2017 was a good year for UK meeting sales, with 2018 on course to be even better. From…

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UK Events and Meetings Cancelled After Heavy Snowfall

Events have been called off across the UK after heavy snowfall and subzero temperatures. In Edinburgh a job fair at the Assembly Rooms was postponed until May. In London a dinner organiser found half his guests having problems attending, then some of the chefs. “Doughnuts work at a formal event right?!” he tweeted. Photo: Derek Harper. From…

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EventWell Launches as Industry Educational Resource

EventWell has launched as the new social enterprise and educational resource for industry professionals, following on from an inaugural wellbeing campaign and official event week for the UK sector EventWell17. A board of eight professionals will oversee initial planning, creating awareness, and collating on of research, then the organising of EventWell18 this September. From…

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25th UK Conference and Meeting Survey Launched

Venues are being urged to get involved with the 2018 UK Conference and Meeting Survey. Now in its 25th year, UKCAMS focuses on the value and volume of the market and the performance of venues. It also highlights market trends. New this year is a section about the targeting and securing of international events. From…

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Westminster Bubbles: New Minister Keen to Engage, Says BVEP

New Tourism Minister Michael Ellis is keen to develop a positive agenda for the events industry, says Business Visits and Events Partnership Chair Michael Hirst. As discussed in the last “Westminster Bubbles”, the minister was appointed in the January reshuffle, replacing John Glen and resetting government dialogue with the industry. Photo: Chris McAndrew. From…

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Westminster Bubbles: A Voice at the Table

The Iceberg previously reported the Business of Events Senior Leadership Forum that recently brought the UK government and its meetings industry together (Opinions: “Westminster Bubbles: A Meeting of Minds”). Now Events Industry Board Chair Nick de Bois, himself a former MP, weighs in with his own view of the session. From editor’s blog at…

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Westminster Bubbles: A Meeting of Minds

At a reception near Parliament ahead of the Business of Events Leadership Forum, UK tourism minister John Glen promised to help the meetings industry work directly with government to win business. And Michael Hirst, chair of the Business Visits and Events Partnership, thinks the sector’s standing with government has never been greater. From editor’s blog at…

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