ABPCO launches free Wi-Fi Conference Cloud campaign

The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) has launched a campaign for free Wi-Fi for conference delegates.
 
The Conference Cloud, as the campaign is named, aims to put an end to Wi-Fi fees for conference delegates by encouraging venues across the UK to offer free Wi-Fi access.
 
The campaign follows feedback from professional conference organiser (PCO) members regarding the negative impact of high Wi-Fi access prices for delegates and calls from buyers for venues to review their pricing strategies when it comes to separate charging for Wi-Fi. An open forum debate on the topic at the recent Summer Summit in Belfast further reinforced the need for a campaign to address this issue for PCOs.
 
Newly-appointed ABPCO Chair Michael Foreman said: “Online access is a fundamental part of everyday working life and we know that delegates attending our members’ events need to stay connected while on the move. Even with the proliferation of mobile broadband coverage, quality Wi-Fi is still the preferred online access route, especially for overseas delegates keen to avoid excessive data roaming charges.
 
“We know that free Wi-Fi is already being set up by certain cities across the globe. Our aim is to work with venues to develop revenue models that work for them as well as our clients. ABPCO wants the UK to be leading the way when it comes to listening to what buyers need to support their events and free Wi-Fi is top of their list.”
 
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