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London Convention Bureau
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Explore a city like no other. A place where heritage and technology collide; where venues steeped in history and grandeur stand tall among towering skyscrapers which captivate the skyline; and where world-famous museums and galleries rub shoulders with Michelin-starred restaurants.

The London Convention Bureau and our exceptional partners can help unlock London as a unique destination for responsibility, imagination and the future. Whether it’s hosting your next event in a venue that recycles its coffee beans to make biofuel pellets or wowing your delegates with an immersive experience in a state-of-the-art space, you’ll be left excited by the opportunities London has to offer.

Meet with us at stand F400 by booking an appointment via the online directory or contact us directly for assistance.





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London set to delight MICE buyers with array of new venues and events in 2019

2019 is set to be another bumper year for London’s business tourism offering, with London’s Official Convention Bureau revealing an exciting range of new hotels, restaurants, venues and incentive experiences for MICE buyers to choose from.

From royal palaces and world-class museums to high tech venues and outdoor spaces, London is home to a diverse range of over 1,000+ venues, 20,000+ restaurants and 1,600 hotels to suit all budgets and tastes.

According to findings from a new report monitoring hotel capacity across European cities, London is set to add 11,600 rooms to its hotel market by 2020, providing meeting and event planners with an even greater choice of accommodation and meetings options. The growth of the capital’s hotel market is set to outpace a number of major European cities by 2020, including Paris, Berlin, Lisbon and Milan.

London was recently ranked as the top EMEA destination for meetings and event planners by two separate independent industry reports, with the UK capital claiming top spot in the 2018 Cvent Top 25 MICE cities report and the Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) Top 10 EMEA cities for corporate meetings and events in 2019.

Both reports highlighted London’s strengths including: range of venues, hotel capacity, infrastructure, cultural attractions and the city’s position as a leading global business hub. Latest figures show that business visitors to London spent £3.5 billion annually, with the UK capital welcoming 3.5 million international overseas business visitors in 2017.

The UK capital has long been recognised as a city of heritage and innovation, where over 2,000 years of history meets invention and creativity. From the Tower of London and Kensington Palace, to the modern vistas of Sky Garden and the Shard, London continues to reinvent its MICE offer into 2019 and beyond.

Earlier this month, London’s Convention Bureau announced a new partnership with the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau that will see the two cities join forces to offer a new range of exciting, two- in-one incentive travel products.

Tracy Halliwell, Director of Tourism, Conventions & Events at London & Partners said: “London is a dynamic city that offers MICE buyers a range of innovative event concepts and solutions. Looking ahead to 2019 and beyond, there are a number of exciting new venues, incentives and hotels to suit a range of tastes and budgets. From blank canvas warehouse spaces and trendy pop ups, to quintessentially ‘British’ experiences or a wellness-based stay, London has everything you need to host a memorable event or incentive trip.”

Chantal Vanes, Head of Sibos said: “We are very excited to be bringing Sibos to London for the first time, this year. London is one of the world’s great financial centres. It’s a city where business, creativity and innovation converge – and that’s why it’s the perfect place for Sibos 2019. While providing a great venue to do business, London’s ever-changing cultural offering, spanning world-class museums, theatre and the arts, will also allow delegates to enjoy their experience at the world’s premier financial services event to the fullest.”

Iype Abraham, Commercial Development Director at Edwardian Hotels London said: “Embracing the character of the surrounding West End, The Londoner will offer a vibrant urban escape and an exceptional hospitality experience for all guests when it opens its doors in spring 2020. Its central location in Leicester Square will allow our guests to curate their own unique London experience from our doorstep.”

Here’s a round-up of the most exciting new conferences, venues and experiences to look forward to in 2019:

Top 5 Unique Venues

The National Gallery Garden and Jubilee Walk (opened January 2019)

The National Gallery is one of the most visited and best loved art galleries in the world, housing works by artists including Van Gogh and Titian. Adding to the great range of event spaces on offer, these two new outdoor areas will be ideal for drinks receptions in the sunnier days of summer, with the garden providing a peaceful oasis away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (March 2019)

This year will see the arrival of a brand-new London landmark in the events world. The new home of Premier League soccer giants named ‘Spurs’ – the stadium is hosting two NFL London Games in 2019 and will offer a variety of purpose-built event space, from total luxury at the exclusive H Club to behind-the-scenes action at The Tunnel Club in the heart of the stadium.

Illuminate at the Science Museum (March 2019)

The Science Museum’s world-famous exhibitions and gallery spaces combine to make it one of the most unique venues for events. In keeping with the Science Museum’s reputation as the home of science, technology and innovation, Illuminate – which can host up to 400 for conferences - will be a forward-looking new venue designed to anticipate and surpass the changing needs of the industry.

etc.venues 133 Houndsditch (spring 2019)

Located just moments from centrally-located Liverpool St and Bank stations, this venue will offer a large conference suite and an additional 7 breakout rooms. It will contain free, high-speed wi-fi, as well as color changing lighting options and state-of-the-art laser projectors.

Magazine London (summer 2019)

This purpose-built, 24,179 sq m destination will be the largest of its kind in London, offering space for up to 10,000 people combined across its indoor and outdoor Showground space. Attendees will be delighted by the panoramic views of the Canary Wharf cityscape and the bespoke seasonal menus on offer.

Top 5 Unmissable Hotels

The Dixon Autograph Collection (opened January 2019)

Occupying a beautiful building that dates from 1906, when it served as the Tower Bridge Magistrates Court, The Dixon is a new hotel under Marriott’s independent Autograph Collection. While steeped in history, it captures all the culture, creativity and variety of the surrounding area. Its 193 rooms and suites, lounges and restaurant enjoy an eclectic design aesthetic and boutique vibe perfect for informal networking.

The Stratford Hotel and Lofts (spring 2019)

Inspire by the timeless glamour of 1950s New York, this project is from the developers behind the stunning St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London’s King’s Cross. Located in the heart of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, this 145-room luxury hotel will have a huge range of amenities, including restaurants, bars, a communal sky garden, a 24-hour gym and a wealth of culture at its doorstep for delegates to enjoy. With walk-in showers, organic toiletries and hi-tech features too, this hotel is all about those special touches to remember.

The Standard, London (2019)

London is delighted to welcome the first overseas adventure from this eminent and distinctive US chain. The Standard, London will be a five-star boutique hotel with 266 bedrooms and a world-class food offering for your group, with multiple destination restaurants run by critically acclaimed chefs Peter Sanchez-Iglesias and Adam Rawson.

Hard Rock Hotel London (April 2019)

Built in one of London’s most iconic locations – on the corner of Oxford Street and Park Lane – this new hotel from the legendary US chain is set to be a musical haven. The hotel will offer exclusive suites for Rock Royalty, together with two vibrant bars and a lively Hard Rock Café® - this is a place where business definitely meets pleasure.

The Londoner (spring 2020)

The much-anticipated opening of Edwardian Hotels London’s first purpose-built hotel, The Londoner, is set to open in spring 2020. Located in one of London’s most iconic neighbourhoods, Leicester Square, this five-star, 15 level hotel will have a host of leisure facilities, two Odeon cinemas, spa and wide range of conference facilities including a state-of-the-art ballroom which can accommodate up to 1,000 guests, making it one of the most exciting new openings for business travellers. With 350 bedrooms, including 35 luxury suites, as well as concept restaurants and lounges, this hotel promises unrivalled customer service and class.


Top 5 Tempting Restaurant Openings
IT Ibiza (early 2019)

Housed in a former art gallery in upscale Mayfair, known for its exclusive hotels and Georgian townhouses, IT Ibiza will feature emerging artists on the walls and will dish up ‘food, aperitivo and world-class DJs’ – the former from two Michelin-starred Naples chef Gennaro Esposito.

Bob Bob Cité (spring 2019)

If you’re looking for something a little quirky and memorable for your stay, venture to Bob Bob Cité, the follow-up to cult Soho restaurant Bob Bob Ricard, famed for its ‘press for champagne’ buttons on the tables and lavish interior. A glamorous, yet fun addition to a business trip.

Caviar Kaspia (April 2019)

World-famous Parisian restaurant Caviar Kaspia – a favourite of celebrities such as Beyoncé and Jay-Z – is coming to London. The culinary landmark, lauded for its signature caviar-topped baked potato, is set to open in chic Mayfair this spring. Perfect for a luxurious dinner, the menu will feature classics, such as poached eggs with beluga caviar, as well as dishes created exclusively for the new London spot.

Nathan Outlaw at The Goring (May 2019)

Those with a taste for seafood will be delighted by the opening of a new brasserie-style restaurant at the five-star luxury hotel, The Goring, in the chic area of Belgravia, central London. Commanding views over The Goring’s majestic and secluded garden, the restaurant will be housed in an ornate orangery and will be run by Nathan Outlaw, one of the UK’s most loved chefs.

Soutine (early 2019)

Corbin & King - the group behind some of the capital’s most iconic restaurants, such as The Wolesley and Brasserie Zédel - are due to open bespoke restaurant Soutine in St. John’s Wood, near to iconic Regent’s Park and Lord’s cricket ground. Located in an impressive period building, the front room and pavement will offer relaxed café and bar seating leading to a more formal space at the rear.

Top 5 Conferences and Events
London Games Festival (2-14 April 2019)

London Games Fest will take place at major culture and arts centre Somerset House, featuring 12 days of activity including the Games Finance Market, EGX Rezzed, the BAFTA Games Awards and more. Confirmed speaks include Brie Code of TRU LUV, the studio which developed #Selfcare – one of Apple’s Best of 2018 Trends of the Year selections – and Jodie Azhar, Game Director at Teazelcat.

London Tech Week (10-14 June 2019)

London Tech Week is a festival of live events across the UK capital, showcasing and celebrating the best of tech while providing networking, social, learning and business opportunities. 2019 will see the return of some of its most popular events, such as the Leaders in Tech Summit, as well as a whole host of new and exciting events. Stay tuned.

Sibos (23-26 September 2019)

Sibos is the annual conference, exhibition and networking event organised by SWIFT for the financial industry and this year it’s coming to ExCeL London – the capital’s largest venue. Sibos is considered the premier business forum for the global financial community, bringing together 8,000 business leaders and topic experts in 3 packed days of speakers, conferences and networking opportunities.

One Young World Summit (22-25 October 2019)

It’s official, the One Young World Summit will be coming ‘home’ next year to London, the city where it all began in 2009. This Tenth Anniversary Summit will be the largest ever staged, with 1,500 young leaders from every country in the world coming together at Westminster. London will provide the backdrop as the young leaders tackle global issues, from climate change to conflict resolution.

The European Society of Cardiology Congress (28 August – 1 September 2021)

The world’s largest gathering of heart specialists will return to London in 2021. Building on the huge success of the 2015 Congress, ESC will again take place at ExCeL London - the perfect venue for the ground-breaking work of the ESC delegates in the world of cardiovascular science. With the onsite Elizabeth Line station, delegates will be able to travel into London at record time.

For more information on what London has to offer event planners and how to book your next event, please visit: www.conventionbureau.london


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16th April 2019

London and Paris join forces to launch once-in-a-lifetime incentive trip

The official convention bureaus for London and Paris have announced a new partnership which will see the two cities working together for the first time to deliver a unique two-in-one incentive trip.

The landmark agreement between the London Convention Bureau and the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau will see two of the world’s most iconic cities join forces to offer a new range of exciting incentive travel products, aimed at inspiring North American incentive buyers to book a 2-in-1 trip for their clients.

A variety of specialised itineraries have been created and will allow delegates to take in the very best new cultural attractions, hotels, restaurants and “money-can’t-buy” experiences across both London and Paris.

The itineraries have been curated to showcase how easy it is to enjoy both cities in one amazing incentive trip and includes an official partnership with Eurostar for an effortless journey from city-centre to city-centre in just over 2-hours.

London and Paris are two of the world’s most visited cities, with latest data revealing the combined number of top of the range restaurants, world class museums, cultural attractions, parks and hotels, that could all be part of 2-in-1 incentive trip.

Paris and London in numbers:
•Over 3,600 hotels
•Over 2,000 venues
•9 international airports

•Up to 16 Eurostar trains connecting the two cities, departing daily

•192 Michelin restaurants
•325 museums
•62,753 restaurants
•506 theatres
•5 UNESCO heritage sites
•635 parks and gardens

Joshua Novick, VP Business Tourism at London Convention Bureau said: “London and Paris are two of the world’s top business and leisure travel destinations, making this a really powerful offer for incentive planners. With so many great hotels, cultural attractions, parks, restaurants and experiences, we are excited to be able to bring such a unique incentive offering to the market. London is open to collaboration with other likeminded, global cities and by working together as we are doing in this way, we can offer a once-in-a-lifetime incentive travel experience that allows delegates to experience two amazing cities in one epic trip.”

Corinne Menegaux, General Manager of the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau added: “Paris & London are an ideal 2-in-1 destination to hold a conference or an incentive. These cities are internationally renowned for numerous reasons such as the quality of their infrastructures, their trendy hotels and innovative activities. Both cities combine leisure & business attractions that are the keys to successful events and they have a constantly evolving offer to make the ‘Old World’ very attractive! If you’re looking for an unusual place to organize a meeting or a dinner, the two capitals are available for private hire, with a wide range of venues ranging from iconic museums to cutting-edge galleries and revolutionary conference centres.”

Inge Bauwens, Lead Sales Manager, Eurostar said: “It’s easy to fit the best of London and Paris in to a single trip, with a seamless Eurostar journey between the two cities in just over two hours. For those looking to make the journey even more enjoyable, groups that have booked an entire coach can add an exclusive experience on board, with themes ranging from food and drink to arts and culture available to entertain guests whilst they travel.”

Incentive buyers looking to plan a trip to London and Paris will have a whole range of new experiences to take advantage of, with many new venues, hotels and cultural attractions set to open in both cities in the next few months and years.

Some of the top new experiences to look out for across both cities include:

•Live like a Rock Star (London): Feel like rock stars during a stay at the Hard Rock Hotel London (opening April 2019) - exclusive Rock Royalty rooms, rock'n'roll cocktails, and Fender guitars complete the experience.

•Jo&Joe Paris-Gentilly (Paris): your attendees can be the first to try out new concept hotel, Jo&Joe Paris-Gentilly (opening April 2019). This trendy spot features a laid-back atmosphere, communal spaces, and a gorgeous garden for guests.

•Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (London): The sports-mad among your group will love to tour Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the new home of Premier League soccer giants nicknamed “Spurs” – the stadium is hosting two NFL London Games in 2019.

•Illucity (Paris): Groups can become immersed in incredible multiplayer hyper-reality experiences at Illucity – the first virtual reality adventure park of its kind in Europe

Many of the new itineraries put together for this collaboration feature top suggestions for wellness activities to reward delegates.

Some of the highlights include:

•Run with an Olympian in Regent’s Park (London): Treat your delegates to a once-in-a-lifetime run through Regent’s Park with an Olympian. Jog around the gorgeous grounds of the Royal Park and enjoy a series of smoothie stops along the way.

•Sunset Cruise down the River Seine (Paris): Cruise down the river as the sun begins to set onboard Ducasse sur Seine – the first 100% electric boat in Paris. A private salon is available for hire, offering an exclusive dinner and breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower.

•Borough Market personalised chef tour (London): Head over to Borough Market for a personalized tour with the Shangri-La Hotel’s executive chef. From street food to artisan chocolate, this sustainability-focused market offers some of the tastiest dishes in London.

•Spa trip and behind the scenes tour of Palace of Versailles (Paris): You can also couple exclusive access at Spa Guerlain in the Waldorf Astoria Trianon Palace - Versailles with a behind-the-scenes tour of the magnificent Palace of Versailles.

A 2-in-1 London and Paris incentive trip can also offer a range of money-can’t-buy experiences. Some of the stand-out luxury experiences being offered as part of the new packages include:

•Exclusive tour with a Beefeater at Tower of London (London): Get a behind-the-scenes look around the Tower of London with a Yeoman Warder, otherwise known as Beefeaters, on an exclusive Secrets of the Tower tour. If you’re exploring at night, see the crown jewels sparkle on an after-hours visit, followed by dinner in the White Tower.

•VIP Parisian shopping experience (Paris): Check out the latest Parisian fashion during a private VIP shopping experience at iconic department store, Le BHV Marais. Or, head over to Avenue Montaigne to hunt down designer brands and luxury labels, from Chanel and Prada to Louis Vuitton. Fashion fans can also explore the Musée Yves St Laurent Museum Paris on a group visit.

•Wine tasting in the Crypt at Fortnum & Mason (London): Head to luxurious Fortnum & Mason – grocer to the Queen – for an intimate wine-tasting experience in the atmospheric Crypt, which is only available for small private bookings.

•Guided tours at the Louvre (Paris): France’s most-treasured attractions: the Louvre. Incentive planners can book a guided tour for attendees to discover the museum’s vast collection of artworks and must-see gems, including the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo.

For more information about all the suggested itineraries and to send your request for proposal for a 2-in-1 London-Paris incentive trip, please visit: https://www.londonandparis.com/incentives

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1st May 2019

London most connected European hub for business tourism

London continues to be a leading destination for European meetings and event planners with a host of exciting new hotels, venues, restaurants, incentive experiences and transport links helping to strengthen the UK capital’s MICE offer.

From leading international association meetings and exhibitions to top global brand events, 2019 is set to be another big year for London’s MICE industry. Latest bookings data from London’s largest conference venue, ExCeL London, shows that London remains a hot spot for European event and conference planners, with a 25% uplift in bookings from European clients so far this year.

London’s attractiveness as a place for global meetings and events has been further boosted by the news that it is the most connected city with Europe and the rest of the world, with new research commissioned by the London Convention Bureau showing that the UK serves more European and Global flight destinations than any other European city.

According to RDC Aviation, which analyses city flight data, the latest figures show that London has direct air connections to 401 destinations around the world and more connections with Europe (243 routes) than any other European city.

London’s connectivity with Europe is also strengthened by its high-speed train links, with Eurostar routes to cities across France and Belgium, as well as a new service between London and Amsterdam.

Other new transport infrastructure such as the upcoming Northern Line extension and the launch of the Elizabeth Line will make it even easier for business travellers to get across London.

Taking advantage of the strong transport links between the two regions, London’s Convention Bureau recently announced a new partnership with the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau that will see the two cities join forces to offer a new range of exciting, two- in-one incentive travel products.

European Association meetings are flocking to London with the return of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers conference in 2019 and the European Society of Cardiology’s, ESC Congress coming back to London in 2021. This follows the recent news that the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) has chosen London as its destination for the International Liver Conference in 2020.

A number of global brands such as Adobe, Salesforce, Amazon Web Services, Oracle, Google and Microsoft will also be hosting large scale corporate events in London this year. 2019 will also see the city welcome over 55,000 visitors for London Tech Week in June and around 11,000 delegates to Sibos, one of the world’s leading financial services conferences.

Barbara Jamison, Head of Business Tourism for Europe at London & Partners said: “London is a truly global city and our strong links with Europe and the rest of the world make it a top destination to host an international conference or event. We’re excited to see the fantastic range of new venues, restaurants and hotels openings across the city. From blank canvas warehouse spaces and trendy pop ups, to purpose-built meeting rooms, conference centres and state-of-the-art-auditoriums, London is a place where creative and innovative event ideas and concepts thrive.”

James Rees, Executive Director for Conferences and Events at ExCeL London added: “The number of high-profile associations and corporations that are now choosing London is an endorsement of the city’s position as a world-class location for meetings and events, as well as being a global centre for learning. The world-renowned attraction of London is responsible for delivering record breaking attendance with events at ExCeL seeing an average delegate uplift of 20%.”

Chantal Vanes, Head of Sibos said: “We are very excited to be bringing Sibos to London for the first time, this year. London is one of the world’s great financial centres. It’s a city where business, creativity and innovation converge – and that’s why it’s the perfect place for Sibos 2019. While providing a great venue to do business, London’s ever-changing cultural offering, spanning world-class museums, theatre and the arts, will also allow delegates to enjoy their experience at the world’s premier financial services event to the fullest.”

From royal palaces and world-class museums to high tech venues and outdoor spaces, London is home to a diverse range of over 1,000+ venues, 20,000+ restaurants and 1,600 hotels to suit all budgets and tastes.

Some of the latest hotels, venues and restaurants set to open in London over the next few years include:

•The Londoner - Edwardian Hotels London is transforming the London Hospitality sector with the opening of the world’s first Super Boutique hotel, The Londoner, in spring 2020. The property will boast 350 luxury bedrooms, concept eateries and a variety of bespoke event and meeting spaces - including a state-of-the-art ballroom accommodating up to 864 guests - alongside an urban spa and two Odeon cinemas available for private hire.

•Rosewood Hotel - Rosewood is to open its second London property in the former US Embassy, situated in Mayfair. The hotel is expected to be ultra-luxurious and will feature 137 guest rooms and suites, as well as five restaurants. The property will also include a spa and several retail spaces, and a ballroom capable of accommodating up to 1,000 guests. British architect Sir David Chipperfield will oversee the renovation project and the property is expected to open in 2023.

•Hard Rock Hotel London Built in one of London’s most iconic locations – on the corner of Oxford Street and Park Lane – this new hotel from the legendary US chain is set to be a musical haven. Catering to the needs of both business and leisure travellers, Hard Rock Hotel London boasts 900 stylish rooms and suites, together with two vibrant bars and a lively Hard Rock Cafe®.

•Magazine - Magazine is a new 3,000 venue from the group behind the club Printworks and will open on the Greenwich Peninsula in the summer of 2019.It will be a multi-purpose space, suitable for hosting concerts, conferences, exhibitions and more.An outdoor space, The Showground, will accompany the venue, adding the option of a further 7,000 capacity and offering panoramic views of the Canary Wharf skyline, as well as opening up the possibility of festival-style events.

•Battersea Power Station This iconic Grade II*listed building and its surrounding area are being brought back to life as one of the most exciting developments in London. The new complex, which has already welcome a number of openings, features a mix of residential spaces, shops, restaurants and bars. London’s first art’otel is expected to open in the Station in 2022. Battersea Power Station will also benefit from two new Tube stations in the Nine Elms area which are due to open in 2020. The Station offers several spaces for hire, including The Venue at Battersea Power Station which boasts 50,000 sq ft of flexible space.

•Bob Bob Cité If you’re looking for something a little quirky and memorable for your stay, venture to Bob Bob Cité, the follow-up to cult Soho restaurant Bob Bob Ricard, famed for its ‘press for champagne’ buttons on the tables and lavish interior. A glamorous, yet fun addition to a business trip.

•ARBORETUM: Launching in late spring in central London, ARBORETUM is an independent members’ club like no other. Focused on sustainable development, social wellbeing and environmental stewardship, it is designed to foster the growth of ideas and collaboration. The club will feature two spacious main lounges, a work and play room, five meeting rooms and conference facilities, all with state-of-the art equipment, plus serviced offices and owned desks available for an additional fee.

The London Convention Bureau will once again exhibit at IMEX in Frankfurt along with a host of venues, accommodation and service providers from the capital (see a full list below).

Visit London & Partners at IMEX in Frankfurt on stand F400. Find out more here: https://conventionbureau.london/about-us/trade-shows/imex-frankfurt-2019

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17th May 2019

London chosen as host city for 2019 European Cities Marketing Summer School

London has been selected as the host city for the 2019 European Cities Marketing (ECM) Summer School, a five-day educational programme designed to give young people an insight into a career in business tourism. This year represents the 33rd ECM Summer School and will be the first time it has been hosted in London since the programme was founded in 1987.

Led by the London Convention Bureau and European Cities Marketing, 50 students from across Europe will have the opportunity to learn from meetings industry experts, attend practical workshops and discuss some of the latest trends impacting the global business tourism sector.

Delegates will also get the chance to experience the very best of London’s world class MICE offering, with the main programme taking place at the Tower Hotel, in the heart of some of London’s most iconic landmarks and centre of the city’s mixture of old and new attractions. The hotel is located next to the Tower of London UNESCO World Heritage site and within easy reach of the iconic HMS Belfast World War Two Battleship and Europe’s largest modern skyscraper, the Shard.

London is one the world’s leading cities for business tourism, welcoming over 3.5 million business travellers in the past year alone. From royal palaces and world-class museums to high tech venues and outdoor spaces, London has a diverse range of over 1,000+ venues, 20,000+ restaurants and 1,600 hotels to suit all budgets and tastes.

The UK capital is also home to some of the world’s best meeting industry experts and participants on this year’s programme will receive talks from the likes of Barbara Jamison, Head of Business Tourism for Europe at the London Convention Bureau and James Rees, President of ICCA and Executive Director at London ExCeL, the UK capital’s largest conference venue.

Barbara Jamison, Head of Business Development Europe at London & Partners and host of this year’s ECM Summer School said: “London is a truly global city and we look forward to welcoming students from across Europe to London for the 2019 ECM Summer School. London is a diverse, cosmopolitan city with over 230 languages spoken and around 380,000 students from all over the world choosing to study here each year. We hope that London will provide a backdrop of discovery and inspiration to the students of the ECM Summer School and the perfect springboard for their career in business tourism.”

James Rees, Executive Director of ExCeL London and ICCA President added: “It is an honour to be part of the faculty and the host city this year. The ECM Summer School always brings together experienced event professionals to share the very best ideas in a spirit of collaboration, giving a global insight into all sectors of our industry and allowing knowledge exchange in a borderless, open forum. I am looking forward to an exciting programme here in London, a world-class city that embraces the meetings industry.”

Other faculty for this year’s ECM Summer School include members and partners of ECM: Lone Alletorp Callard (Wonderful Copenhagen), Nalan Emre (IMEX Group), Christian Funk (tw tagungswirtschaft), Sam Johnston (Dublin Convention Bureau), Cain Leathem (GB Fitness), Sissi Lygnou (AFEA Travel & Congress Services), Heike Mahmoud (Congress Center Hamburg), Christian Mutschlechner (retired from Vienna Convention Bureau), Miguel Neves (Miguelseven),Mathias Sondermann (SAP), Dennis Speet (ICCA) and Daniel Waigl (CIRSE) led by the course leader Pier Paolo Mariotti, CMP CMM (EURAC Research).

The educational programme will provide delegates with exclusive access to senior professional leaders from the industry and knowledge about the skills needed for successful career in the Meetings Industry. Topics covered in the programme include: acquisition of international events, sales and marketing strategies including the use of social media, storytelling through the lens of a journalist and an understanding of the matrix of client decision making.

The ECM Summer School event programme format also encourages maximum engagement time between students and the experienced meetings professionals that compose the ECM Summer School faculty. The course content also guarantees students to meet with as many counterparts as possible whether for challenging speakers in plenary sessions, group work, networking or socialising. Sessions will also topics around health and personal well being.

“ECM Summer School is a one in a lifetime opportunity - not only to widen your knowledge but also to meet so many great people from the meetings industry all around the world. Everyone should take their chance and attend the next Summer School - you won't regret it” said Rahel Bätschmann, Project Manager Convention Bureau, Zürich Tourism

“As someone who is new to the industry, I found the ECM Summer School to be incredibly helpful and the entire programme exceeded my expectations. Professionally, it was absolutely relevant to my role, and the networking and connections that I made here are priceless. I am so grateful that I was able to attend and participate in the 2018 programme and I cannot thank the entire team at ECM and the faculty enough for a marvellous experience” added Veruschka Rugbeer, Sales Officer (MIC) at South African Tourism and student during the 32nd ECM Summer School in Thessaloniki.

“Despite tackling up-to-date issues like new technology, hybrid meetings and green meetings, the winning formula has remained the same: a unique opportunity for young professionals just entering the Meetings Industry to spend three days with some of the biggest names in our business.” continued Pier Paolo Mariotti, course leader.

The ECM Summer School is part of the European Cities Marketing wider initiative to encourage greater collaboration and the sharing of best practices between senior destination marketing professionals across European cities.

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19th May 2019

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The iconic Grade II* listed conference and events venue. The building proudly sits opposite Westminster Abbey and offers the largest Conference & Eve...
Church House Westminster - Conference and Event Venue London
Located in the heart of London, Church House Westminster is a Grade II listed multi-purpose event and conference venue hosting more than 800 events a ...
Edwardian Hotels London
Edwardian Hotels London is one of the UK’s most dynamic independent hotel companies, offering world-class, stylish accommodation and venues for meet...
etc.venues limited
etc venues currently operates 16 venues in Central London, Birmingham and Manchester. The group has over 250 rooms and it is one of London’s leading...
Eurostar International
Eurostar is the only high speed passenger service connecting travellers from the UK to the heart of Europe. We are the ideal choice for groups look...
ExCeL London
ExCeL London is a premier events venue and home to the Capital's International Convention Centre (ICC). The venue is located in a historic waterfront ...
glh. Hotels London
glh Hotels, Great London Hospitality With over 5000 bedrooms and 120 meeting and event spaces across the UK capital, we know London like no-one els...
Historic Royal Palaces
Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity that looks after and manages HM Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Banqueting House, Kensington P...
Marmalade on Toast
We are a creative studio focused on producing thoughtful, considered design. We have been working in the event sector for over 10 years. Our servi...
Marriott London Complex
5 London Hotels, 5 unique Brands: From the West End to the buzz of East London, the Marriott London Complex brings together five luxury hotels and...
Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts
Park Plaza Hotels and Resorts Hotel Group is an international hospitality real estate group with a £1.6 billion portfolio of primarily freehold and l...
Principal London DMC
We are a dedicated, passionate DMC servicing client across the UK. Our roots are in London but we offer the same knowledgeable assistance from England...
QEII Centre
The QEII Centre is the largest dedicated Conference, Events and Exhibition space in central London. Located in the heart of London, Westminster, QEII ...
Rail Europe
Rail Europe is the leading authority of European rail worldwide, representing more than 50 European railroads in 32 countries. We’re privately held,...
Rosewood London
A TIMELESS LUXURY HOTEL IN LONDON Guests arrive at Rosewood London through an archway that opens into a grand Edwardian courtyard, in a little oasi...
The Doyle Collection
At the heart of our business is a warmth of service that stems from our family ownership, imbuing our properties with the familiarity of a members clu...
The Langham London
With a history of delighting guests and providing personalised service since 1865, The Langham, London is truly a London icon. From state-of-the-art m...

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