When is a conference hub not a hub?

GES recently sent out a release announcing it was setting up a logistics base at Excel London.

The global contractor has now issued a second statement backtracking on parts of the original claim.

Chief Commercial Officer, GES EMEA, Andy Gibb (pictured), sent out the second ‘clarifying’ statement yesterday (26 June) which says in full:

“GES recently issued a press release that implied we would be establishing a permanent logistics hub at Excel London to service the exhibitions and conference markets. We would like to clarify that this statement was incorrect. As a supplier of logistics to the exhibition market we will continue to service our existing exhibition clients at the venue (as we do at other exhibition venues), however we will not be establishing a permanent logistics hub on-site at Excel London and we will not be providing logistics services to the conference market at Excel London.

“We also would like to clarify that we have no permanent on-site facilities at Excel London to specifically service logistics and there is no service partner relationship between GES and Excel London relating to logistics. We would like to apologise for any misunderstanding our initial release may have caused.”

The specialist UK exhibition contractor, it would seem, is still getting to grips with the nuances of the conference side of the market. Some interesting transatlantic conversations between GES officials Stateside and Excel management, no doubt.
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