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London conference centre to hold Olympic media

The media centre that will house thousands of journalists from around the world during the 2012 Olympic Games in London has been revealed.

London mayor Boris Johnson today announced the One Great George Street conference centre, off Parliament Square, will contain the London Media Centre, welcoming accredited and non-accredited journalists.

NEC Group faces rival for Solihull casino bid

The NEC Group long-term plans for a £90m casino to be built near the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Solihull are facing competition as Grosvenor Casinos have applied for a license for a similar venture, the Coventry News reports.

New association buyer research released

Association buyers are not heavily impacted by procurement departments and event budgets for 2010 are being maintained, according to a new survey.

Bridget Baker Consulting and Moneypennies have collaborated to investigate the latest buying patterns of association conference buyers.

Brewery transformation puts York on conference map

York Brewery, a historical attraction and working brewery located in York, has undergone a transformation to its facilities to offer corporate packages this summer.

The venue’s meeting rooms have been refurbished so they can now offer businesses the opportunity to host events.

World’s scariest conference at Alton Towers Resort

Alton Towers Resort has launched a Halloween corporate package for the month of October.

The World’s Scariest Conference offers guests access to the theme park, themed rooms and food and apparent ‘ghoulish interruptions’ to the meetings.

World record broken at Tattoo Jam trade convention

Over 9,000 visitors attended this year’s Tattoo Jam convention at Doncaster Racecourse, with artists helping to set a new world record.

The event won a place in the Guinness Book of World Records when 223 tattoo artists lined up and tattooed simultaneously, beating the old record.

Clive Tyers to retire from BIC in October

The Bournemouth International Centre has announced that Head of Conferences & Events, Clive Tyers, is to take early retirement in October after 16 years at the venue.

During his time at BIC, Tyers has played a key role in the redevelopment and expansion of the BIC in 2005 into a four-auditorium conference, exhibition, entertainment and events venue.