It’s been another bumper week on planet-MICE. From 12,000 of Jeremy’s friends descending on Liverpool to 51% of them not asking questions for fear probably upsetting him, here’s 10 things we learned this week.
1. Labour bring big bucks to Liverpool
After much brouhaha the Labour Party Conference finally took place at the ACC Liverpool. Not only did Mr. Corbyn bring 12,000 friends with him, but £17m for the local economy too.
2. The Tories are coming!
No sooner had Labour packed up the stage that we now turn our attention to the other side of the Commons. The Tories have announced the when and where of their party conference…
3. A lot of people are worried about looking daft
CN received some interesting stats this week, and the one that caught our eye was that 51% of meeting attendees don’t ask questions because they worry about looking stupid. How many were in the Labour Conference?
4. Membership is up
Venues marketing consortium London City Selection came out this week and said that membership was up 15% compared to last year. But there was more…
5. ExCel didn’t just opt for burger and chips
ExCel London wrote to CN this week to tell us more about their new menu. Julie Mann explained what visitors can now expect.
6. Smash your phone to pieces and burn it…
…Or just turn it off. Unplugging from technology is just one trick to help delegates staying focused in meetings.
7. Manchester Central loses key boss
Manchester Central’s chairman, John Early, announced this week that he would be stepping down. We also learned who his replacement would be.
8. drp’s HQ is a monster
CN was invited up to drp’s newly expanded building in the Midlands on Thursday, and while a full feature is on the way, be assured that their facility is mind-blowing.
9. Visit etc.venues without actually visiting
Conference venue provider etc.venues has launched a new virtual reality tour that will show clients around new venues, including before they’re built. Handy.
10. All 5-star hotels are doomed
According to Egencia, about one in three people are opting for budget travel and transport when they’re away. Hey, if you want to hitchhike to Inverness from Penzance, that’s your call.