Following the recent announcement that international events worth a combined £5.2m to the local economy have been secured for the city in the next two years, Conference Cambridge has revealed it will host a showcase event dedicated to association organisers next month.
The event, which takes place on 17 April, will see a range of venues dedicated to conferences and events showcasing their facilities and highlighting what Cambridge can offer association organisers.
“In addition to introducing our portfolio of 54 venues which includes colleges, museums and hotels, we will also be giving attendees the chance to sample some of the unique activities on offer for social programmes,” says Kelly Vickers, director of Conference Cambridge, the venue-finding service for Cambridge University and its colleges, hotels and other properties in the city.
Conference Cambridge recently revealed its programme of international events for the next two years with organisers of events including the International National Trusts Organisation, International Society for Hip Arthroscopy, and International Prison Chaplains’ Association Europe choosing Cambridge as their host destination.
In total, 15 organisations will bring more than 3,600 delegates to Cambridge for conferences in the next two years.
Events include the 23rd Fordham Law Intellectual Property Law & Policy conference (500 delegates across two days); The SAP Higher Education and Research User Group (200 delegates for three days); and the 12th International Conference on Technology of Plasticity 2017 (600 delegates for five days).
“For many of these events we were involved in a competitive bid situation, working with the local organiser, often years in advance, to source venues, provide information and marketing collateral to develop these winning proposals,” says Judith Sloane, deputy manager at Conference Cambridge.
“Being able to announce such fantastic results is testament not only to the popularity of the Cambridge, but also to the hard work of the local organisers, our venues and the team here. The value of the business the events will bring – and the impact on the local economy – is very significant and a great boost to the city.”
In a bid to boost its event credentials even further, The University of Cambridge’s Robinson College has launched Green+, a new service package designed to minimise the impact of commercial business activity on the environment, while helping meet the sustainability goals of the college and its clients.
The new package will encourage the use of environmentally considerate initiatives, such as ensuring conference correspondence is electronic, the provision of recycling facilities in all meeting rooms and arranging for conference materials to be locally sourced and delivered.
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