Communications Workers talking the talk at BIC

The Communications Workers Union (CWU) are estimating 2,000 members at Bournemouth for the annual congress, 7-11 June. The congress is on target, they say, to beat last year’s attendance of 1,800. There was much media interest in GMB general secretary Paul Kenney’s keynote in which he vowed the union would fight privatisation of Royal Mail.

The Bournemouth International Centre’s main Windsor Hall was used for the CMU’s plenary business.

Managing director of the BIC and Pavilion, Peter Gunn, says the event is bringing nearly £3m to the local area from delegate expenditure.

“Our venue is ideal for the event; we can easily accommodate the main conference session as well as individual conferences simultaneously across three of our halls.”

The BIC bureau acted as the accommodation agency for the event, with the Norfolk Royal used as event HQ.

Marketing communications executive Tara Philips says association business is holding up particularly well in Bournemouth, despite a noticeable decline in the corporate market.

“BIC has good relations in the association market,” says Philips, who points to business from insurers, the Thoracic Society and the Green Flag Awards, a last-minute booking for July. “Late bookings are definitely a trend,” she adds.

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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