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24 Jun

Break for the border



Towns and cities within close proximity to UK borders are proving a draw for London business and beyond.

Although London and the south east is the biggest magnet of all for major meetings in the UK, border areas and the curiosity of crossing boundaries is always a pull for organisers and delegates. Our multi-nation state certainly offers a variety of options, across what are, for now at least, all soft borders.

The ICC Wales will open in 2019, providing the Principality’s first purpose-built international convention centre.

Located at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport just two minutes from the M4, ICC Wales is a £83.7m joint venture between the owners of the Celtic Manor Resort and the Welsh Government that will place the destination firmly at the forefront of business tourism centres and enable Wales to attract and host large-scale events from all over the world.

Boasting 26,000sqm of multi-functional events space for up to 5,000 delegates, ICC Wales will be positioned just 10 minutes from the English border at the Severn Bridge, with both Bristol and Cardiff International airports just over 30 minutes away. The new ICC will be well placed for business from the Midlands and other bordering English regions thanks to its proximity to the M5 motorway.

Ian Edwards, chief executive, ICC Wales says: “Our proximity to the English border – as well as our international connectivity – will make our venue ideal for event organisers from the UK and the rest of the world. Recent major events at Celtic Manor such as the Ryder Cup and NATO Summit have demonstrated the willingness of domestic and international visitors to come here. There’s no doubt that being just a stone’s throw away from the border helps with both positive perceptions and awareness of our location.”        

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7 Jun

A weekend in the Scottish Highlands


I recently had the privilege of being invited by visit Scotland to join an agent’s Familiarisation trip to the Scottish Highlands.

Highlights included Loch Ness & Inverness, taking in several stunning castles and an excursion to the highest point in the Cairngorms.

Inverness Loch Ness offer one unique destination blending the vibrancy and warmth of the thriving capital city of the Highlands and the great outdoors and area of discovery on and around Loch Ness.

Inverness alone has fantastic conference facilities including Eden Court , the Town House , the Centre for Health Science and the Archive Centre as well as numerous fabulous conference hotels including The New Drumossie Hotel and The Kingsmills Hotel and Spa where we experienced top class catering at a memorable dinner and Whisky tasting courtesy of Tomaton distillery.

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11 Mar

Destination King’s Cross

Granary Sq

King’s Cross has a rich and colourful past. Its location at the meeting point of road, river and rail has shaped its history. This can be seen in the old buildings and layout of the streets.

King’s Cross has a rich industrial heritage. The buildings from that industrial era are now being refurbished and reused. This means coming up with creative solutions to convert buildings that were designed for a very different purpose.

More than 20 historic buildings and structures are being restored in all. This has led to King’s Cross being named as “One of England’s 20 Best Heritage-Led Developments” by English Heritage.

If you are looking for an event venue in King’s Cross, it offers some of the best new spaces in London. Hosting events from small meetings and functions to festivals for 4,000 people.

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20 Feb

Liberal Democrats’ Annual Conference 2018 Venue Confirmed.


Visit Brighton has secured the return of the Liberal Democrats Annual Conference for 2018. The conference will take place at the Brighton Centre in September 2018. The event usually attracts a delegation of over 5,000 people, generating up to £10m in economic benefit for the city.

The Lib Dem conference team has appointed Visit Brighton Convention Bureau as the sole accommodation partner for the event, which means all attendees and exhibitors will book their accommodation through Visit Brighton’s online booking system.

Commenting on the win, Howard Barden, Brighton & Hove City Council’s head of tourism & venues, said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming back the Lib Dems and thrilled they’ve chosen to use our accommodation booking service which we know can take out the leg-work and uncertainty of finding accommodation across the city”.

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