Birmingham’s International Convention Centre (ICC) will host the annual British-American Business Council’s (BABC) Transatlantic Conference 2013.
The conference will take place 15-17 May and bring up to 300 delegates to the city.
BABC is the largest transatlantic business network with 23 chapters and 2,500 member companies including many multinationals.
The Midlands chapter of BABC, led by deputy chairman and Mills & Reeve LLP partner Steve Allen, won the bid to host the event. Meet Birmingham, as part of the organising committee, was instrumental in securing the business for the ICC as venue for the three-day conference. Meet Birmingham will also provide organisers with an extended Event Support Package, which includes an online accommodation service, bespoke website and exclusive city discount vouchers.
The conference has previously been held in London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Washington DC and Chicago. This year’s conference will take place in Edinburgh.
Harry Reilly, BABC Midlands Chairman, said: “This conference will be a high profile platform to showcase the city’s potential and in return, contribute to the continuous growth of the BABC network while strengthening UK/North American relationships.”
Ian Taylor, Commercial Director at Marketing Birmingham, the city’s strategic marketing partnership which operates Meet Birmingham, described BABC’s decision to host its annual conference in Birmingham as “a further endorsement of the city’s reputation as a world-class meeting place, with a vast range of venues and accommodation to suit every occasion”.
“We look forward to welcoming BABC conference delegates to Birmingham, and will be working hard to ensure that they get the most out of their time in our vibrant city.”
BABC Midlands, part of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Group (BCCG), will be holding events with BCCG to coincide with the Chamber’s 200-year anniversary in 2013. Highlights include a special performance for guests by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra on the conference’s opening evening.
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