Industry association Eventia delivered two days of content, debate and networking for over 200 delegates at Kings Place this week (23-24 April).
The Summer Eventia (TSE) conference was brought forward by three months to avoid a clash with the Olympics this year.
TSE 2012 saw 39 speakers participate in 18 sessions. These ranged from discussions around technology, creativity and the economy, to nurturing talent, sustainability and the impact of the London 2012 Games.
Dennis Turner, former Chief Economist at HSBC, delivered the keynote on the economic landscape for the events industry.
The question of the Olympic boost for the industry was also well discussed, with plenty of input from London & Partners.
There was a lively discussion on the operational challenges of getting around London during the Games with, among others, Nicky Ward from Transport for London and Trevor Smith from LOCOG’s city operations team.
Other highlights included John Hooker’s take on working in the BRIC economies, new ideas and apprenticeship schemes to engage event talent and advice on the impact of recent changes to employment law.
Andy Lopata delivered a masterclass in networking and there was a first night reception plus entertainment in Kings Place.
Day two highlights included showcasing of the latest available technology including RFID and 3-D mapping, plus the latest social media tools to help amplify event messaging such as Storify and Pinterest.
CN Managing Editor Paul Colston took part in an industry media panel on the future of the industry and the potential for the sector from London 2012.
Eventia Vice-Chairman Simon Hughes said: “The content programme for the Summer Eventia 2012 was driven by delegate responses from the previous year’s event. We listened to what the industry wanted in terms of education and networking. Judging by both anecdotal evidence and social media feedback from delegates, we have delivered on all aspects. I’m delighted with the results.”
Zanine Adams, Head of Event Solutions and UK Sales for destination host sponsor London and Partners said: “We were delighted to bring the Summer Eventia to London in 2012 and it was great to see so many fantastic speakers delivering content relevant to today’s event planning needs.”
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