Academic Venue Show passes the grade with 14% increase in visitor numbers

Academic venue marketing consortium Venuemasters has hailed its 2010
Academic Venue Show a success, with over 450 visitors attending the event at the
Emirates Stadium, London, on 12 May. The figure reflects a 14 per
cent increase on last year.

Over
40 top academic venues exhibited their facilities and products and there were
three industry seminars, including a keynote from Ruby Wax on improving
communication skills.  

Sales
and marketing manager at Leicester Conferences Trevor Miller, says enquiry
numbers were significantly up on last year on his stand.” We are currently
working on a number of proposals for events taking place in the near future and
hope to convert them into confirmed bookings. It was interesting to see how busy
the show was when the market is still in a downturn and it demonstrates that
academic venues are very much sought after in the conference, meetings &
events industry.”

A best
stand award was introduced for the first time, with Royal Holloway, University of London winning the accolade with their 
‘Picture your next event at Royal Holloway’ brand.

Venuemasters chief executive, Terry Billingham says: “With record
numbers through the door in the first hour, and a constant flow of visitors
throughout the day, there was a real buzz about the show. The seminars also
proved very popular among visitors and Ruby Wax’s session was eagerly
anticipated. We’re really pleased with the increase in visitor numbers and the
initial feedback received. Everyone has worked really hard to make this year’s
show a success.”  

Paul Colston

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Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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