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Broadway house expands events space

Make Venues has opened a new 238sqm of meeting, training and conference space at its Broadway House property in Westminster, London.

The expansion builds upon investment in the facility, which also includes the instillation of hybrid meeting technology across Make Venues’ portfolio.

International Confex: Live events in demand

International Confex may have been delayed due to new government regulations, but there is still an appetite for the live event format and discovering what the ‘new-normal’ will be for the events industry.

We spoke to two members of the International Confex advisory board to discover how the event will shape up come 1 September 2021. The two members are: Miriam Sigler, director, Ways and Means Events; and Emma Barr, events and training advisor, The Royal College of Midwives (RCM).

Italy is open for business

Italy is officially opening for the events industry over the summer, according to The Italian Tourism Board (ENIT). Representatives from the nation’s events sector joined Conference News editor Martin Fullard for a webinar on 9 June 2021.

The webinar, which was hosted by ENIT and IBTM, highlighted Italy’s conference and meetings potential, as well as what event organisers can do to contribute to the recovery of the sector.

Dublin bags events worth €27million

Tourism chiefs in Dublin have hailed a string of conference business wins. Miriam Kennedy, head of Business Tourism with Fáilte Ireland, said 51 national events snared by the Irish capital between 2016 and 2019 will add to 20,000 international business tourists already scheduled to come to Ireland. She said the business is worth more than £19million (€27million) over the next five years Recent wins for Dublin are the Social Media and Critical Care (SMACC) Conference, attracting 2,000 delegates to the 

Council gives go ahead for new hotel and conference centre in Birmingham

Plans by the country’s largest trade union for hotel and conference centre have been given the green light by Birmingham City Council. Unite the Union will build a 170-room hotel and conference at Birmingham Science Park Aston. The conference facilities will measure 3,047sq m, enough space for up to 1,000 delegates, along with almost 1,200 sq m of meeting and conference rooms over two floors. The proposals were approved subject to a Section 106 obligation, which could see developers paying £51,250 towards administrations costs and wayfinding. A spokesman for the union told CN: “Th

EICC heads back to black as sales surge

Staff at an international conference centre have hailed a hike in sales. Marshall Dallas, boss at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, said events have delivered an £11.5m boost for the city in the first five months of this year, up from £10.5m a year ago. Last year, a report by accountant EY warned that the centre was facing a £1.3 million operating loss.

Center Parcs bought by Canary Wharf owner

A chain of holiday park resorts has been snapped up in a £2.4bn deal. Canadian investment firm Brookfield has bought Center Parcs UK - which is separate from Center Parcs Europe – from Blackstone, a private equity firm that acquired the businesses for a reported £1.1 billion in 2006. Center Parcs has conference and events facilities sites at Sherwood Forest; Elveden Forest; Longleat Forest; Whinfell Forest; and Woburn Forest. The deal will be signed off next month. Brookfield recently completed