QEIICC Anniversary: TFI Meeting Point

Founder of Meeting Point Conferences and now Business Development Director of TFI Meeting Point, Caroline Windsor,
looks back at how The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre (QEIICC) has
featured in her 28 year career of conference organising.

Looking
back over 28 years of conference organising (eek – how did that
happen), I realise just how much the good old QEIICC has been a feature
of my career. I remember vividly the excitement caused by the live
foetal scanning to a capacity audience which took place during the
inaugural conference of the International Society for Ultrasound in
Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1991. What is now commonplace in
ultrasound was launched at The QEIICC to great acclaim back then.

Bankers,
insurers, financial advisers, economists, sociologists, dentists,
oncologists – our association clients have returned to The QEIICC
repeatedly over the years, attracted back by the consistently high
service levels and professionalism of the team.   My memories are mostly
about the people rather than the bricks and mortar – although I’ll
never forget trying to get rid of the fixed serving bars in the Benjamin
Britten Lounge to make way for exhibition stands I’d mistakenly
positioned on top of them. The serving bars were immovable but, with the
help of the event planning team, we got around the problem. A small
example of how working in partnership has been the key to our business
relationshipover several decades!

I couldn’t possibly mention
names but, on a more light hearted note, do any of you remember the
unfortunate incident of the logo falling off the set at our industry
awards dinner while the eminent managing editor was speaking? Or later
on when a certain lady attempted a spectacular dance move and ended up
with a broken arm (painless at the time …). Or when the lights went out
because one of the AV crew knocked a bottle of something into the
lighting desk? So you see, The QEIICC is not just about business
conferences, we’ve also had plenty of fun there.

I have made good
friends at The QEIICC – we have shared many challenges and successes,
much laughter and a few headaches. Long may it continue and I send my
congratulations for 25 successful years.

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