Bosses at the nation’s conference venues are split over the risks caused by selfie sticks.
Attendees at concerts and events have been injured by the use of selfie sticks in crowds and there have been complaints that the gadgets block the view and ruin the events for others. London’s O2 and Wembley Arena are two venues in the capital, reported to have bans in place.
A spokeswoman for the NEC group in Birmingham told CN: “We do not have a policy on the use of selfie sticks so at the moment event organisers are free to use them at our venues.”
Managers at Excel London have yet to reach a decision on the use of selfie sticks. A spokeswoman said: “We don’t have any restriction at the moment. However, if the profile of an event created a possible risk, we would have to look at banning them for that event. Any decision would be taken in consultation with the organiser.”
The sticks are not welcome in Brighton and Hove. A spokesman for the Brighton Centre told CN: “Selfies are a big part of modern day culture and we welcome them but please leave the stick at home as you may be asked politely to ’put it away’ because the experience and comfort of all our customers is paramount.”
Steve Turner, operations and programming manager at the Bournemouth International Centre, said: “To date, we have not had any issues with selfie sticks in our venues however, as most events have restrictions around photography and filming, we wouldn’t recommend bringing them in without checking with us, or the event organiser, first. This is a topic currently under discussion with the National Arenas Association and, as members, we will contribute to the discussion and review our venue policy if we need to.”
What do you think? Are selfie sticks a fun way to enjoy a conference or a pain in the neck? Email: John Keenan