The Academic Venue Show returned to The Emirates in London today (11 May) for the third time, with 46 member venues exhibiting from across the UK, Ireland and Spain.
Chief Executive Terry Billingham said over a thousand buyers had pre-registered and expected 400 through the course of the day.
Conference Hertfordshire’s Caroline Betts reported six leads in the first 90 minutes of the show and Keele University’s Andrew Thelwell also reported quality enquiries for specific events. James Smith of University of East Anglia said he was also pleased with the show and the interest from organisers and charity representatives.
Austen Hawkins, CEO of the Events Industry Alliance and F2F events delivered the warm up seminar before the afternoon’s star turn Alastair Campbell. He had plenty of good tips for organising an effective event, despite bravely admitting his own preparation had included his presentation disappearing from his laptop 25 minutes beforehand.
Show organisers Venuemasters’ CEO Terry Billingham told CN The Emirates had been booked again for the 2012 edition of the show.
“The staff at The Emirates are excellent and we need a venue in the capital as a lost of our buyers are based in Greater London,” he said.
Billingham added the main task ahead was to build further on the show and increase the telephone enquiries going to the organisation’s 84 members, both directly and through the Venuemasters system.
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