ICCA UK and Ireland Chapter has announced that its 2017 Annual Debate will focus on the subject Industry Disruptors and Adapting to Change. The two-day event will take place 9-10 March at Manchester Central and includes an evening reception and dinner.
The packed education programme includes sessions from keynote speaker and journalist David Eades, who presents on BBC World News and BBC Radio 4’s The World Tonight.
Eades will explore the impact of disruptors from his perspective as a frontline correspondent specialising in sports news and European Affairs, including security challenges at the London Olympics and the Zika virus in Brazil.
Catering trends post-Brexit will be discussed by Julie Coates Walker of Levy Restaurants and Sally Greenhill of The Right Solution will reveal key findings from the recent British Meetings and Events Industry Survey (BMEIS).
There will be an insightful presentation on how the UK compares at international bid level delivered by Jim Weightman of the Proton Beam Therapy Centre. Day one will close with networking drinks and a formal dinner at Manchester Town Hall themed around “Manchester – European City of Science”. The dinner will include a presentation from Manchester Ambassador, Vicky Rosin OBE, Program Director, EuroScience Open Forum 2016.
The second day of the debate will see London and Partners’ Tracy Halliwell MBE present the award-winning #LondonIsOpen campaign and a quick-fire ‘Ask The Experts’ session covering a range of topics from digital marketing to a range of industry trends.
Lesley Williams, ICCA UK and Ireland Chapter Chair and Head of Business Tourism of Marketing Edinburgh, comments: “We have witnessed significant changes in the last 12 months, both politically and economically, and we felt it was an important time to embrace these challenges. Our theme this year is all about looking at new disruptors and how we can adapt to meet changing demands and new market models rather than stand still. We are delighted with the programme for this year’s event and are looking forward to some great content and interaction with our members. Manchester is a great location for our members from across the UK and Ireland and we are delighted to have the support of both Manchester Central and Marketing Manchester to host this key event in our association calendar.”
Angie Robinson, CEO at Manchester Central, said: “We’re thrilled to be hosting the annual debate in Manchester this year. ICCA is a driving force behind the development of the international association market, a key sector for Manchester and we are thrilled to have secured such a high-profile debate with such a topical theme. We look forward to welcoming the ICCA delegates to the city in March.”
The event is open to members and non-members. Click here to register.