Eighteen partners, including Liverpool Convention Bureau, came to Two Temple Place in London last night (28 November) to meet clients, agencies, media and industry friends for the eighth annual ACC Liverpool showcase. This year the event was titled: ‘A voyage of discovery’ and included a culinary trip around various world cuisines.
ACC Liverpool Sales Director Kerrin MacPhie told the audience of ACC Liverpool’s growing portfolio of meetings business and flagged new plans, including an update on the Exhibition Centre Liverpool, scheduled to open in 2015 (artist’s impression pictured).
“Work has begun ahead of schedule,” said MacPhie, who noted a four-star Pullman hotel would also be built on site, offering 219 rooms.
She also reviewed “a busy year” for ACC Liverpool, with 122 events hosted and over 400,000 visitors.
Plenty of talk from Team Liverpool, but MacPhie was keen to push home the point about ‘walking the walk’ and the fact that her venue had delivered on four key promises, involving acting swiftly on delegate feedback; developing the hybrid meetings offer and also the ‘At your service’ concierge product, as well as upgrading Wi-Fi.
MacPhie noted that the new 500-meg Wi-Fi capacity just installed at the venue signified a jump from the previous 100 meg service and claimed it was something no other venue offered for free.
Chris Brown, Director of Marketing Liverpool, also spoke about the rejuvenated convention bureau and its plans and predicted “the best is still to come” for both the city, its flagship venue and the future of attracting major conferences.
Big events on the horizon, said Brown, included the International Festival of Business in summer 2014 which illustrated the new “ambition” at the heart of the city’s events offer.
Agency representatives from Contendam, Meeting Makers and Kenes were among the guests at the event.
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