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Expotel acquires

Booking agency Expotel has acquired, the real-time online booking service, for an undisclosed sum.

The £200m-a-year hotel and travel management services group currently places over 20,000 conferences and meetings annually and expects the acquisition to lead to significant growth in this market.

MPI to host CSR event during COP 15

Meetings Professional International UK and Ireland Chapter is to host a London-based corporate event coinciding with the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference (COP 15) to discuss the event’s effects to the industry.

Ireland Means Business

Tourism Ireland has officially launched its new meetings strategy, Ireland Means Business, at the international travel trade show, World Travel Market.

48th ICCA Congress posts record attendance

The 48th ICCA Congress and Exhibition in Florence has produced a record 996 delegates, up over 20 per cent on the previous best attendance in Thailand in 2007.
ICCA CEO Martin Sirk said he was pleased with the result. "More important than the total figure is the fact that only six per cent are accompanying persons. That shows people are here for serious business."

Excel London scoops top gong

The sixth annual BT Visit London Awards took place at Westfield shopping centre on 5 November, with Excel London winning the gold award for Business Venue of the Year.

IMEX gambles on Vegas

Trade show IMEX has joined the battle of the meetings industry heavyweights by launching its brand in North America.

Glasgow clinches Pre-Olympic convention

In the week prior to the London 2012 Olympics, Glasgow will host the International Convention on Science Education and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS). Organiser Congrex claims the convention is the world’s greatest sports science conference and will attract 3,000 delegates from across the globe.

Leas Cliff Hall part of £90m takeover deal

Folkestone’s Leas Cliff Hall has been sold as part of a wider £90m deal.

The conference centre and concert venue, owned by Live Nation, has been part of a theatre venue takeover by the Ambassador Theatre Group, creating a combined business valued of around £150m.