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Champagne on ice?

London’s big ticket sporting events are, according to new surveys published in The Times newspaper, suffering from a cut back in take up of corporate hospitality by up to 25 per cent.

NEC/drp package

The NEC Birmingham is launching an initiative with creative agency drpgroup to offer packages to conference organisers, which drp MD Dale Parmenter tells conference-news, could save 30-40 per cent off 2008 prices.

The NEC Group to shed over 100 staff

The NEC Group is to restructure its staffing in the wake of falling exhibition and conference revenues, with chief executive Paul Thandi predicting over 100 employees could lose their jobs in the process.

Still fit to train

A survey carried out by Wyboston Lakes Conference and Training Centre has indicated that, despite the financial crisis, many training budgets allocated are remaining stable in 2009.

Biggest Gulf gathering

As the Gulf Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (GIBTM) 2009, closed at ADNEC in Abu Dhabi, organiser Reed Travel Exhibitions hailed record visitor, hosted buyer and exhibitor numbers for what was the largest gathering of meeting professionals ever in the Gulf region.

Excel opens its doors to G20 today

The G20 Summit starts today at Excel London, bringing together 20 of the world’s leaders, including UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and US President Barack Obama.

The meeting has been billed as a turning point in efforts to deal with the worst global recession in 50 years.

MPI UK appoints Soaring PR

Industry association, Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has appointed Soaring PR on an initial one-year contract.

“Soaring PR will make an excellent addition to the UK team and we look forward to their ongoing work, which will also include close liaison with MPI EMEA, creating a combined message across the region,” says, Mandy Torrens.

First event industry Tweetup

In response to the popularity of social networking site Twitter, Merlin Events will be hosting its first events industry networking event for organisers and companies who use Twitter as part of their marketing strategy.

GIBTM expands its footprint in the sand

Reed Travel Exhibitions opened its third edition of the Gulf Incentive Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition in Abu Dhabi 31 March, the largest gathering of meeting professionals in the Gulf.

New name in travel management

The Institute of Travel Management UK and Ireland association announced a name change today.

The new name, Institute of Travel and Meetings, was approved by over 85 per cent of their members at the company AGM last week. The change was proposed by the ITM board, it says, to recognise the closer relationship between business travel and meeting sectors.