Registration for The Business of Events London & Wales 2019 now open

The Business of Events (TBOE) today launched official registration for the Business of Events Senior Leadership Forum in London and The Business of Events Wales, which will be held at the Mermaid London on 6th November and the newly opened ICC Wales on 12th November respectively.

This year’s events will give attendees the chance to learn more about the Tourism Sector Deal and International Business Events Action Plan, launched by former Prime Minister Theresa May in June 2019. In addition, conversations will focus on the how the sector can work together to shape the future of the industry post Brexit.

Michael Hirst OBE, Chair of the UK Events Industry Board and Business Visits and Events Partnership said: “2019 has already been a significant milestone for the business events industry with the launch of the Tourism Sector Deal, which recognises the importance of business events in the country’s future economic growth and the publication of the Government’s International Business Events Action Plan, aimed at creating a more competitive approach in growing the volume and value of the industry. I urge my senior colleagues to register for The Business of Events so they too can be involved in thought-provoking discussions on how these initiatives and others can be developed for the benefit of the UK meetings and event industry.”

Heledd Williams, Head of Business Events at Visit Wales, said: “After last year’s success, we’re thrilled to be hosting another TBOE Wales. Our 2019 edition will be held at the newly opened ICC Wales, which has been at the forefront of conversation in the Welsh business events community over the last two years. Now opened, we welcome delegates to TBOE Wales 2019 to experience first-hand the new convention centre but to also discuss the future of the country’s business events sector.”

The London series will also include another Parliamentary debate, held at Portcullis House in association with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Events, as well as an invitation-only Senior Leadership Dinner.

Similarly, TBOE Wales will also be holding an invitation-only industry and stakeholder dinner at ICC Wales ahead of the forum to further cement the country’s strategy and position within its business events sector.

The wider TBOE programme will include the first international event, The Business of Events Global Policy & Practice Forum, held in partnership with IBTM. The forum will take place ahead of IBTM World on the 18th November at the newly opened Hotel Seventy in Barcelona. The Business of Events Scotland also returns this year and will take place at its new location, the National Museum of Scotland, on the 26th November.

To register delegates can register for the Senior Leadership Forum here and Wales Leadership Forum here.

IBTM announce its first Global Policy & Practice Forum in Partnership with The Business of Events

IBTM has revealed first details of its new Global Policy & Practice Forum, held in partnership with The Business of Events. Taking place on Monday 18th November, just prior to IBTM World, the forum is being supported by The Barcelona Convention Bureau, PCMA and the Joint Meetings Industry Council.

The forum will bring together a select number of leading destinations, national and regional convention bureaux and policy makers to discuss how business events can be used to support and influence wider policy. It will also see delegates working together to contribute to a white paper to further inform local, regional and national governments on the value of the business events sector.

Destinations already confirmed to attend include representatives from London, Singapore, Vienna, Scotland and Washington DC.

Shane Hannam, Portfolio Director, IBTM said: “We’re very proud to be hosting the first IBTM Global Policy & Practice Forum in partnership with The Business of Events. This is an opportunity to meet with senior colleagues across the industry, and to facilitate discussions which will positively shape the future of our industry.”

Neil Brownlee, Head of Business Events, Visit Scotland said: “We are delighted to be taking part in this valuable new event. It is so important to come together as an industry to ensure that our voices are heard at the highest levels and that we continue to further the aims of the business events community.”

Christoph Tessmar, Managing Director, Barcelona Convention Bureau, said: “We have enjoyed a great relationship with IBTM over many years, having been host city for IBTM World for the past 16 years. We are proud that this important new event will also take place in Barcelona and we look forward to some fruitful discussions with fellow industry leaders.

Applications to attend the forum, which is an invitation only event, close on October 1st.

For further information please visit – https://thebusinessofevents.org

For further information on IBTM World please see: https://www.ibtmworld.com

The Business of Events confirms ExCeL London as latest Official Partner

The Business of Events has confirmed ExCeL London as its latest official partner for its 2019 programme of events.

ExCeL London joins IBTM, Visit Wales, ICC Wales, VisitScotland Business Events, The Mermaid London and Cvent as official partners for 2019.

The Business of Events kicks off its 2019 programme with its flagship event, the Senior Leadership Forum, at its new venue, The Mermaid London on 6th November. Also taking place in London will be the Parliamentary Debate, held at Portcullis House in partnership with the All Party Parliamentary Group for Events, and a Senior Leaders Dinner, both taking place on 7th November.

James Rees, Executive Director, ExCeL London and current ICCA President said: “World-leading events staged in the UK are a catalyst for economic growth, driving billions of pounds of import and export activity. As the UK’s leading exhibition and convention centre, it is our responsibility to demonstrate leadership and commitment to our industry.”

Rees continued: “We are partnering with The Business of Events to ensure that collectively our voices are heard across local and national Government, to communicate the positive economic and social impact that events deliver and to maintain the UK’s reputation as a globally recognised events destination.”

There will be three further events as part of the wider programme – The Business of Events Wales, which will be held at the newly opened ICC Wales in Newport; the Global Policy & Practice Forum, held at Hotel Seventy in Barcelona ahead of IBTM World; and The Business of Events Scotland, which will be held at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.

The Business of Events is also being supported by a number of leading organisations from across the sector including the Business Visits and Events Partnership; Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport; All Party Parliamentary Group UK Events Industry; HBAA; APBCO; PCMA; MPI; ICCA; UKInbound; IACC; and the Joint Meetings Industry Council.

Industry associations unite in support of The Business of Events

The Business of Events (TBOE) has today announced ABPCO, HBAA, IACC, ICCA, MPI, PCMA and UKinbound as supporting associations for its upcoming series of events. Designed to engage, support and promote the UK events industry, TBOE will take place during November 2019.

The agreements with the supporting associations will allow TBOE to leverage its relationship with some of the events industry’s best-known and most respected organisations, giving it access to a highly engaged global audience of meetings and events professionals.

Heather Lishman, ABPCO Association Director, said: “ABPCO is delighted to support The Business of Events 2019. We believe that the activities associated with this are ‘must-attend’ dates in our diary.  It gives us an opportunity to learn more about the strategic direction that is being taken by government regarding initiatives relevant to events, and it’s an amazing opportunity to network with colleagues from other associations and organisations who are as passionate about the events industry as we are. The ABPCO values are excellence, learning and belonging, and our purpose is ‘proud to enable human enrichment through face to face gatherings’ – we firmly believe that The Business of Events programme of activities will give us an opportunity to fulfil these.”

Judy Elvey, President MPI UK & Ireland, said: “As a leading global association in the events industry, MPI UK & Ireland is committed to supporting initiatives that help gain recognition for the sector.  The Business of Events is a truly collaborative series of events, which brings the UK events industry together to recognise the value of the sector and build stronger relationships with government.  MPI UK & Ireland understands the importance and strength the industry has when uniting efforts, and we look forward to seeing what we can achieve as a result”.

This year’s TBOE series of events include a first-ever Business of Events Global Policy & Practice Forum, created in partnership with IBTM, The Barcelona Convention Bureau and PCMA, held in Barcelona ahead of IBTM World on 18 November; a returning Senior Leadership Forum, held for the first time at The Mermaid London on 6 November 2019; The Parliamentary Debate, staged in association with the All Party Parliamentary Group for Events, held at Portcullis House. An invitation-only Senior Leadership Dinner, attended by events industry leaders and government representatives will follow the debate.

The Mermaid London to host The Business of Events Flagship Event

On 6th November 2019, The Mermaid London in Blackfriars will host The Business of Events coveted Senior Leadership Forum and Reception.

The Senior Leadership Forum and Reception attracts over 200 senior executives from across the UK and European events industry, along with government officials, industry media and influencers. This year’s programme will discuss opportunities surrounding the governments recently announced Tourism Sector Deal and Business Events Action Plan.

Alicia Duncan, Venue Director at The Mermaid London, commented: “Since the launch of The Business of Events in 2017, we have been advocates of its power to bring together industry influencers, stakeholders and senior leaders to discuss the growth of the UK events industry. It is our honour to be the host venue for the Senior Leadership Forum and Reception, and we look forward to welcoming attendees for what will be an engaging educational event.”

Speaking about The Business of Events, Michael Hirst OBE, Chair of the Events Industry Board, said: “The Business of Events series provides the perfect platform for senior leaders to discuss the shape of the meetings and events industry. This is an excellent opportunity for us all to start talking about the new Tourism Sector Deal and the International Business Events Action Plan and what it means for the sector. It is a truly exciting time for the UK meetings and events industry.”

The 2019 programme for The Business of Events includes its first international event which will take place ahead of IBTM World in Barcelona. The programme also features events in Wales and Scotland. The Business of Events is a not for profit series of independent cross sector events designed to engage, support and promote the UK events industry.

The Business of Events Announces 2019 Programme

The Business of Events has today announced an expanded programme for 2019, including its first international event, and a new venue for its flagship Senior Leadership Forum.

The Business of Events Global Policy & Practice Forum, created in partnership with IBTM, The Barcelona Convention Bureau and PCMA, will take place on the 18th November 2019, ahead of IBTM World, at the newly opened Hotel Seventy in Barcelona. The forum will focus on the global medical and healthcare sector and be attended by a number of leading Destinations and Convention Bureaus, alongside their Policy and Enterprise counterparts.

The Senior Leadership Forum, after two very successful years at The QEII Centre, will this year be held at the award-winning The Mermaid London on 6th November, and focus on discussing the opportunities surrounding the governments recently announced Tourism Sector Deal and Business Events Action Plan.

Michael Hirst OBE, Chair of the Events Industry Board said: “The Business of Events series provides the perfect platform for senior leaders to discuss the shape of the meetings and events industry. This is an excellent opportunity for us all to start talking about the new Tourism Sector Deal and the International Business Events Action Plan and what it means for the sector. It is a truly exciting time for the UK meetings and events industry.”

This year’s London series will also include another Parliamentary Debate, held in Parliament at Portcullis House, and staged in association with the All Party Parliamentary Group for Events. An invitation-only Senior Leadership Dinner will follow, invitees will include senior leaders from the events industry and government representatives including Rebecca Pow, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism.

Additional forums will be held in Wales, at the newly opened ICC Wales in Newport, on 12th November, and in Scotland, at the National Museum of Scotland, on 26th November.

Neil Brownlee, Head of Business Events at VisitScotland, said: “At this very important moment, with our new vision of business events making Scotland a better place for everyone, it is fitting that the first Business of Events Forum for Scotland will be held  in a contemporary space at the historic National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.  We look forward to welcoming our senior leaders from across the business events community and to discussing how, together, we continue to have a vibrant and successful business events sector that delivers for Scotland.”

The Business of Events is a not for profit series of independent cross sector events designed to engage, support and promote the UK events industry.