Monthly Archives: November 2012

EIBTM Launches Hybrid Event

Live sessions streamed across the globe
IBTM Knowledge Virtual Centre will provide education on demand following shows

EIBTM (www.eibtm.com), the leading global event for the meetings and event industry, is set to launch its first Hybrid Conference at the show this year. The virtual conference will stream five key education sessions on Wednesday the 28th November from 9am (CET) as they happen live at EIBTM, allowing virtual delegates to join over 150 physical attendees for a dedicated interactive experience.

In addition to the live-streamed education sessions, The Hybrid Conference will also feature a virtual exhibition hall, resource centre and networking lounge.
Participants joining the live streamed keynote and interactive panel discussions will be able to ask questions live to the conference hall via a virtual MC, network real time with other participants within the communications centre and earn CEU credits for each seminar they attend.

The virtual event centre will be available to access for 12 months following the show. Participants will be able to view sessions on-demand, network with other participants and gain access to various white papers, which have been produced through research in association with EIBTM. In addition, content from the other IBTM events – AIME, GIBTM, CIBTM, AIBTM and BTM will all be available in the centre after each show.
The Hybrid Event will commence with a session delivered by Doug Keeley, CEO & Chief Storyteller, The Mark of a Leader, (9:00am EST). Keeley will use live storytellers and powerful videos, referring to case studies including Cirque du Soleil, Dabbawala, Zappos and the Shackleton’s Endurance to inspire meetings industry professionals and demonstrate that new strategies and innovative plans are needed, in times of great uncertainty and change.

At 11:00am (EST), Sally Greenhill, Managing Director, The Right Solution and Rob Davidson, Senior Lecturer – Event Management, Greenwich University will combine forces in the The IBTM Research findings: A discussion. This dynamic session will take the existing global research findings one step further by providing a summary and interactive discussion platform of the industry-wide research.

The Hybrid Event will also include a session dedicated to Making Digital Events Happen at 1:45pm (EST). This session will commence with an outline of key building blocks essential for hybrid events, Presented by Paul Cook, Managing Director, Planet Planit. The session will then provide an interactive forum for both the physical and remote participants discussing what creates comfort at a hybrid event.

The last segment of this session will include an ‘on the couch’ question session facilitated by Paul Cook, Ruud Janssen, Founder, The New Objective Collective (TNOC) and Mike Clanton, Head of Global Corporate Event Solutions, My Meeting Professional (MMP) as they share some of their observations and experiences of what happens next with developing digital content, how to make the most of it and where your social media/communications strategy needs to go next.

To view the full programme or register for the EIBTM Hybrid Conference please visit http://engage.vevent.com/rt/re~ibtm or go to the EIBTM website www.eibtm.com. Participants can log in to the event from 8:30am (CET) on November 28, 2012.
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Surfcomber Miami Launhces Docking Station

New ‘Virtually Virtual’ High-Tech, High Touch Lounge Offers the Perfect ‘Out of Office’ Workspace

MIAMI – Kimpton’s Surfcomber Miami, South Beach adds high-tech amenities and service offerings to its already warm and whimsical lobby living room to create The Docking Station, a welcoming “travel lounge” for the rising tide of virtual workers seeking alternative places to be productive outside of the home and office.

While the local coffee shop or the spare room down the hall have served as the virtual office of choice, business travelers, bloggers and others not tethered to a desk remain in need of comfortable workspaces where they can be productive and more socially connected.

To help fill that need along South Beach’s Collins Avenue, Surfcomber has officially launched The Docking Station, which includes enhanced bandwidth, all day bites and drinks from Lantao Kitchen + Cocktials, Social Club, and other amenities now available in its lobby living room, providing virtual workers with an alternative workspace while offering a higher degree of service and comfort literally at your fingertips.

When on South Beach, Surfcomber’s Docking Station is the place where virtual meets surf in a casual atmosphere and with complimentary WiFi. For these ‘office gypsies’ in need of an “insta-office,” Surfcomber’s Docking Station provides the following:

• 24/7 access
• Food and beverage service courtesy of the hotel’s restaurant, by texting “Lantao” to 77948 from your mobile phone
• Discounted valet parking (only $10) with Lantao Kitchen + Cocktails validation
• Power outlets and power strips added throughout the living room, to make plugging in and powering up easy
• Complimentary WiFi
• Complimentary morning coffee and tea daily

“Surfcomber has emerged as a beachfront playground and the place to enjoy South Beach’s ‘daylife’ thanks to our celebrated beach and pool deck, and expansive list of sun-inspired offerings and activities,’ said Sean McKeen, general manager, Surfcomber Miami, South Beach, a Kimpton Hotel. “Extending that experience from play to work with The Docking Station seemed like a natural evolution for us – after all, why shouldn’t work be both fun and productive.”

Situated in the historic Art Deco District along 200 feet of Atlantic Oceanfront, Surfcomber Miami, South Beach, recently completed a top-to-bottom renovation and is one of the newest Kimpton hotels. Since re-opening in December 2011, Surfcomber’s resident herd of cows and sheep has become fast favorites among guests. Continuing to bring a sense of playfulness and whimsy to South Beach, Surfcomber’s herd plays dress-up on holidays, poses for photos and wanders around the hotel’s lobby, pool deck and restaurant. Ideally located only 15 minutes from Miami International Airport, Surfcomber combines the sun, surf and sand with its direct beach access, pool bar and grill, and close proximity to South Beach shopping and nightlife.

For more information on Surfcomber and/or reservations, please call (800) 994-6103 or visit www.surfcomber.com. To stay up-to-date on the latest news and travel deals, become a fan of the Surfcomber Facebook page by visiting www.facebook.com/surfcomberhotel or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Foursquare @KimptonInFL.

ABOUT SURFCOMBER MIAMI, SOUTH BEACH
Managed by Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Surfcomber sits on the Atlantic Ocean’s edge along 200 feet of oceanfront property in the heart of the Art Deco District in South Beach on historic Collins Avenue. With direct beach access, this newly and fully renovated hotel offers visitors to this fashionable destination a distinctively relaxed, yet worldly guest experience within a “backyard bliss” design-driven environment. The hotel’s 186 guestrooms feature luxurious bed linens and bath products by European fashion designer, Etro. Guests of the new Surfcomber will enjoy a diverse mix of dining and lounge options including Lantao Kitchen + Cocktails, and Lantao Social Club, an ode to Southeast Asian cuisine served in a casual and sexy atmosphere. Surfcomber’s signature pool/beach experience includes the hotel’s expansive outdoor deck with heated pool, 12 well-appointed cabanas, and beach activities such as paddle boarding and volleyball. Surfcomber’s meeting and event space can accommodate intimate poolside weddings and events, small meetings for up to 70 people, and meetings on the beach. Additional guest services and amenities include 24-hour room service, 24-hour on-site business center, fitness center, mind and body experiences with in-room and beachside massages. Additionally, Kimpton guest programs at Surfcomber include Forgot It? We’ve Got It!, creative mini bars, complimentary Wi-Fi for Kimpton In Touch members, complimentary morning coffee and tea service in the living room, hosted evening wine hour daily, and health-minded wellness options and healthy in-room dining menu, bikes, and complimentary on-demand yoga, Pilates and meditation channels, with yoga bag filled with accessories for use during guest stay. For more information or to book a stay visit www.surfcomber.com or call (800) 994-6101. Become a “friend” of Surfcomber Miami, South Beach on Facebook at www.facebook.com/surfcomberhotel and follow us on Twitter @KimptonInFL. Surfcomber Miami, South Beach is located at 1717 Collins Avenue, Miami, Florida.

ABOUT KIMPTON HOTELS & RESTAURANTS
San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, a collection of boutique hotels and chef-driven restaurants in the US, is an acknowledged industry pioneer and was the first to bring the boutique hotel concept to America. In 1981 Bill Kimpton founded the company that today is well-known for making travelers feel welcomed and comfortable while away from home through authentic and unscripted customer care, stylish ambience and embodying a certain playfulness in its approach to programs and amenities. Adjacent to the hotels are locally-loved, top-rated, Kimpton restaurants. Kimpton leads the hospitality industry in ecological practices through its innovative EarthCare program that spans all hotels and restaurants. Market Metrix, a recognized authority and leader in feedback solutions, consistently ranks Kimpton above other hotel companies in luxury and upper upscale segments for customer satisfaction. Privately held Kimpton was recognized by Fortune Magazine as a Best Company to Work for in 2012. The company operates more than 50 hotels and more than 50 restaurants in 24 cities. For more information visit www.KimptonHotels.com or call 1-800-KIMPTON.

Berlin Hotel Openings

Berlin, November 2012 Berlin boasts the most-up-to-date hotel landscape in Europe. Event organisers can book not only room nights but also function rooms to suit every occasion – from a small meeting to a large convention. They are spoilt for choice and this choice is continuing to grow as numerous new hotels open their doors every year.

Luxury hotels in Berlin´s City Centre – Hotel openings in 2012

A five-star residence in the diplomatic quarter in Berlin – the Spanish hotel group “Whim” plans to open its first hotel in November 2012 close to the “Tiergarten” park. “Das Stue” (Danish for “living room”) will have 81 individual rooms and suites, a daylight Spa and two conference rooms. For the hotel, the former building of the Danish embassy, dating back to 1939, was redesigned. The starred Spanish chef, Paco Pérez, is to take over the management of the hotel’s in-house restaurant.

The luxury Waldorf Astoria Group will open its first new-build hotel in Europe in autumn 2012. This will be located in the immediate vicinity of Kurfürstendamm and the Zoological Garden. The 31-storey Waldorf Astoria Berlin will feature 232 luxurious rooms and suites and a conference area with a 330 square metre ballroom.

Leonardo, Riu, Steigenberger – Hotel openings in 2013

The slogan of the Crowne Plaza is “The place to meet”. Event organisers in Berlin will soon have a chance to see for themselves the quality of the hotel chain. 256 rooms including a club floor with its own separate lounge are under construction in the former Postpalais on Potsdamer Platz. It will encompass some 500 square metres of meeting and event space and is due for completion by January 2013.

In autumn 2013 is the opening month of the Steigenberger Superior Hotel at capital airport BER. Directly in front of the terminal, guests will have access to 322 rooms with a spacious wellness area. For meetings and congresses a total of 1,500 square metres event space is available.

The new Winters hotel “The Wall am Checkpoint Charlie“ is to impress already with its façade, marked by a special wall design, as suggested by the name. Inside, 145 rooms are available with modern furnishings, free-of-charge W-LAN and a conference room. The opening will be in spring 2013.

307 individually styled rooms close to Berlin’s Museum Island – that’s what the new Leonardo Boutique Hotel Berlin will have to offer from 2013. The hotel, which will be completely made of metal and glass, is being constructed on Berthold Brecht Platz and will also come with a modern 160 square metre conference area. What’s more, guests will be invited to take advantage of the diverse spa and wellness offerings.

The Spanish brand Riu has chosen Ku’damm as the location for its first Riu Plaza Hotel. This hotel with some 357 rooms is to be erected there by October 2013. Furthermore, there are plans for meeting facilities for up to 500 participants.

A new design hotel will see the light of day in autumn 2013, close to the Zoologischer Garten, as part of the large-scale project “Bikini Berlin”. The Hamburg “25hours Hotel Company” plans to build 149 rooms on 7,000 square metres. One special feature of the hotel is the rooftop bar on the 10th floor offering 360 o panoramic views of the city.

The German flagship of InterCityHotel GmbH will be built in the direct vicinity of the main railway station, with impressive dimensions: the 30 metre high building will have more than 412 guest rooms and ten conference rooms. It is scheduled to open in autumn 2013.

In the Europacity and at Ostbahnhof station – Hotel openings 2014

Beside a Steigenberger Superior Hotel at the new capital city airport, the brand plans to build another property in Berlin. In the so-called Europacity at Berlin´s main train station a first class hotel with 339 rooms, a large conference area and wellness offerings is to be developed. The first guests will probably be able to check in during the first half-year 2014.

The new DORMERO Hotel Stralauer Platz is located between river Spree and Ostbahnhof railway station. 265 rooms, a restaurant and a wellness centre are scheduled for completion by spring 2014. What’s more, the four-star superior hotel will have more than 600 square metres of event space at its disposal.

Ronald Vlasic Inducted as 2013 AH&LA Chair

New York — Ronald Vlasic, CHA, regional vice president of hotels, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, outlined his agenda for the coming year at the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) Inaugural Gala held at the Plaza Hotel on Sunday, November 11.

He told an audience of top lodging leaders, “Our industry moves fast and customer demands are constantly evolving, so it’s crucial that we, as an association, stay on top of developing trends. As chair, I will ensure the programs and initiatives provided by the association are what you, our members, want and need. You have spoken, and we have listened and are working on a strategy to take action and move forward.”
“It is a top priority to become a stronger, more active voice on the Hill for the industry and strengthen our role of speaking on behalf of all of you regarding political, consumer, and industry issues. These changes will allow AH&LA to be out front on tough issues, defending the industry with a unified voice when it matters most,” said Vlasic.

“And while governmental affairs and advocacy is vital, programs such as Women in Lodging and the Under 30 Gateway also are essential to our mission as these programs are designed to identify and nurture our industry’s future leaders,” said Vlasic.

He called on industry CEOs and executives to help the state lodging partner associations form Women in Lodging and Under 30 chapters in each state, help young people become more involved, and guide them and provide them with the benefit of their experience.

He also encouraged everyone to become more engaged on behalf of the industry. “This is you association. It’s clear that the outreach of AH&LA must continue to encompass all brands, hotel companies, ownership groups, large and small operators, as well as partner state associations and industry partners who are so valuable in providing services that support our industry.”

He concluded his remarks by saying “The American Hotel & Lodging Association is looking toward its future as it enters a new phase of transition. We are at a pivotal moment both in terms of impact and influence. We have an amazing industry, and now is a time of incredible opportunities to become even more successful than ever.”

In his role with Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Vlasic provides operational support to their lifestyle hotels in the Midwest, Mountain states, and Pacific Northwest. Vlasic acts as the liaison between the various hotel ownership groups and the Kimpton home office, implementing various brand initiatives and campaigns designed to further enhance the guest experience.
Vlasic assisted in the development of environmental standards and guidelines for Chicago hotels, which lead Chicago to become home to the most certified “green” hotels in the U.S. in 2008. Additionally, Vlasic is a member of the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation Scholarship Committee; a member of the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association Executive Committee and treasurer of its Educational Foundation. He is former chairman of the board of the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association and a former board member of the Chicago Visitors & Convention Bureau. Vlasic is certified as a Hotel Administrator through the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.
The inaugural gala was presented by American Express, along with Heartland Payment Systems, Hotel Neighborhood, and Sealy, Inc.

In addition to Vlasic, 2013 AH&LA officers include Vice Chair John Fitzpatrick, president/CEO of the Fitzpatrick Hotel Group; Secretary/Treasurer Jim Abrahamson, CEO, Interstate Hotels and Resorts; and Immediate Past Chair Nancy Johnson, executive vice president, Carlson Rezidor. These hoteliers are led by AH&LA President/CEO Joseph A. McInerney, CHA.

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Goes Mobile

KUALA LUMPUR – “Get set, scan, go!,” says a beaming Mr. Alan Pryor, Deputy General Manager, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre), after the Centre’s mobile application (mobile app) went ‘live’ recently.

Hot on the heels of its Wi-Fi upgrade of 40MB that is offered on a complimentary basis to guests and the new revamped website that elevates users experience with the latest in design features and usability, the mobile app further expands the Centre’s technology spectrum to allow users to access its website from smart phones users, anytime, anywhere.

To tap into the growing interest in the social media arena, a QR (quick response) code has been developed to provide instant access to the website within seconds from the mobile phone. The code will be featured extensively across the Centre’s collateral as an additional marketing platform.

In addition to the content rich information on the current website, the mobile app also features an interactive locator that provides directions and displays a map to the Centre from the user’s location. Users can also access the daily weather in Kuala Lumpur.

“With the mobile app, our users will enjoy the ease of access to up-to-date relevant information on the Centre anywhere, anytime,” adds Mr. Pryor.

Technology Village at EIBTM Fully Booked

EIBTM celebrating its 25th anniversary this year will have the largest number of technology exhibitors since the Technology Village was launched in 2003. Full details of all participating companies are on www.eibtm.com.

Stephane Doutriaux, Founder & CEO, Poken (Stand N185) who has exhibited since 2010 commented, “Our experience at EIBTM has always been tremendous. It’s a successful show for us to expand our international presence and the contacts that we make are always very promising. The Technology Village gathers a great mix of people and companies who are bringing real innovation to the event industry. We wish EIBTM a Happy 25th anniversary and look forward to this upcoming edition!”

In addition to the many exhibitors who have benefited from the return on investment that the Technology Village has provided for business, EIBTM has confirmed that there will be 17 new exhibitors participating including Twoppy, Sandsteps, Giumelli, Event Mobi, Eventilo.com, Magic Box, Evenium, Corporate Activities and Events, Artlab, Magency, Urban Gaming, Superevent, Turning Technologies, Soft for You, Idiliq and Magrada.

This year’s winner of the EIBTM Technology Watch award, bXb Online will also take their place within the Village (Stand N120) as the prize for their win included a stand.

Tony Lorenz, Founder, bXb Online commented, “EIBTM, and the greater IBTM series of events, has been an increasing driving force in our industry for 25 years. So EIBTM’s recognition of our work underway at bXb Online is especially important and appreciated.

More broadly, the pace of adoption of innovative technology in our industry is accelerating. Business consumers demand a more responsive pace of adoption by event owners. EIBTM is a platform for the industry that enables smart and informed decisions by thousands of stakeholders in our industry”.

Graeme Barnett, Reed Travel Exhibitions, EIBTM Event Director commented, “The growth of this dedicated area is a direct result of the growth in technology products and services for the industry. Some 78% of Hosted Buyers from last year confirmed that it’s a priority for them in their appointment’s diary as they want to keep up to date with what’s new and current trends”.

To attend EIBTM 25 as a Trade Visitor go to www.eibtm.com/visit

To apply for qualification as an EIBTM Hosted Buyer go to www.eibtm.com/hosted

EIBTM 2012 takes place 27th – 29th November, Fira Gran Via Barcelona, and The EIBTM Forum (www.eibtm.com/forum) will take place on 26th November in Fira Montjuic, Barcelona City Centre.

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The National Conference Center Compiles “78 Reasons to Host a Meeting”

(Leesburg, VA) – November 2012 — It started as a facebook campaign at The National Conference Center to gather as many “reasons to meet” as possible. A month later, 78 responses provided a widely varied look at the meetings industry, the economy, technology, training, group dynamics, marketing, business development, human emotions, social experience, collaborative thinking, networking, increasing morale, inspiration, generating ideas, reconnecting, and stimulating professional growth.
Essentially, it is all about relationships and bringing people together.

“Many people are genuinely passionate about their meetings” said Eric Whitson, Director of Sales & Marketing at The National Conference Center. “There really is an infinite number of reasons to meet. Clearly, all of these 78 reasons to meet support the need for face-to-face meetings. And, according to Corbin Ball, ‘there is no such thing as a virtual beer.’”

The compilation of responses was collected by Laura Ransone, ARAMARK intern at The National Conference Center and posted on the website. The compilation is available at: http://bit.ly/VGiqDG

The National Conference Center, located in Northern Virginia 12 miles from Dulles International Airport and 35 miles from Washington, D.C., is one of the largest and most comprehensive conference centers in the nation. With 917 guest rooms and over 250,000 square feet of meeting space, NCC has become a hub for productive meetings and is on the GSA schedule. NCC is also home to West Belmont Place, Northern Virginia’s largest ballroom with 16,500 square feet for holding an elegant wedding or accommodating a large trade show or special event. For information call 800-640-2684 or visit www.conferencecenter.com, or www.westbelmontplace.com.

The National Conference Center is managed by ARAMARK Conference Centers. ARAMARK is a leader in professional services, providing award-winning food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses around the world. In FORTUNE magazine’s 2009 list of “World’s Most Admired Companies,” ARAMARK was ranked number one in its industry, consistently ranking since 1998 as one of the top three most admired companies in its industry as evaluated by peers and analysts. ARAMARK seeks to responsibly address issues that matter to its clients, customers, employees and communities by focusing on employee advocacy, environmental stewardship, health and wellness, and community involvement. Headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK has approximately 260,000 employees serving clients in 22 countries. Learn more at the company’s Web site, www.aramark.com.

AH&LA Launches Mobile App

Navigate the Fall Conference, IHMRS, BDNY

Washington – The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) has released a mobile app for smartphones. The free app debuts in time for the annual AH&LA Fall Conference held with the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show, November 9-13, in New York City.

The app will provide easy access to information about the more than 100 educational sessions, hundreds of industry speakers, networking opportunities with top lodging leaders, and exhibitors showcasing the latest products on the IHMRS and BDNY tradeshow floors. You’ll easily find the location for sessions and exhibitors, a map of the Jacob Javits Convention Center, transportation options, and seminar surveys. Additionally, you’ll receive alerts letting you know when sessions are starting, breaking conference news, and industry updates.

AH&LA’s official app keeps members up to date on the latest news from Capitol Hill, upcoming events, and connects members to AH&LA’s social media activity, including AH&LA President/CEO Joe McInerney’s weekly blog. In addition, a SmartBrief feed keeps members abreast of daily industry news.

“The new app is a great way for AH&LA members to fully engage with our Fall Conference, IHMRS, and BDNY,” said AH&LA President/CEO Joseph A. McInerney, CHA. “Attendance is up this year, so the app will help members navigate their way through the biggest tradeshow in the hospitality industry.”

AH&LA members can download the app, which is funded by American Express, through the app store or www.mobile.ahla.com. Keywords – AH&LA, AHLA, IHMRS, American, Hotel, Lodging, Association, International, Motel, Restaurant, Show, New York, BDNY, and Boutique, Design, Conference. Follow and tweet using hashtag #FallConference12.

Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, AH&LA is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty members, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides members with national advocacy on Capitol Hill, public relations and image management, education, research and information, and other value-added services to provide bottom-line savings and ensure a positive business climate for the lodging industry. Partner state associations provide local representation and additional cost-saving benefits to members.

Olympics Construction Firm On-Board for Exhibition Centre Liverpool


• ISG appointed to build world class exhibition centre on Liverpool’s waterfront
• Firm was responsible for construction of stunning London 2012 Velodrome
• City council drives forward with plans to appoint hotel partner as part of project
• Planning application for £40m scheme, supporting 1,300 jobs, due in spring 2013

MOVES to develop a world-class exhibition and events facility on Liverpool’s waterfront have taken a significant step forward, with the appointment of a contractor for the scheme.

Following a competitive tender, ISG has been granted the contract to deliver the £40 million development at Kings Dock, which will form part of ACC Liverpool, home to BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena.

International construction services company ISG was responsible for the construction of the 6,000 seat London 2012 Velodrome, finishing ahead of schedule and on budget. It was the first venue on the Olympic Park to be completed and became one of the most iconic facilities of the 2012 Games.
The appointment of ISG means Liverpool can drive forward with its plans to deliver the 8,100 sqm, three-hall Exhibition Centre Liverpool (ECL), along with an integrated hotel which will be developed by the city council. The city council is seeking an operator to manage the upscale hotel.

The city council and ACC Liverpool will now work with ISG to further the design of the exhibition centre and hotel, with a planning submission scheduled to be submitted in March 2013. Construction of the new facilities is set to commence in autumn 2013, with a scheduled completion date of spring 2015.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “I’m delighted that we have secured such a high quality contractor for this vital scheme. ISG has an excellent track record in delivering large-scale, international projects and its appointment brings our vision to deliver a world class exhibition centre at Kings Dock a major step closer to reality.

“Building on the success of ACC Liverpool, Exhibition Centre Liverpool will continue our city’s transformation into one of Europe’s leading destinations for large-scale conferences, exhibitions and events. It will bring major economic benefits to our city, providing a massive boost for local businesses and creating jobs.

“It’s all systems go now and I’m looking forward to us working together in the coming months to progress these exciting plans.”

Plans for Exhibition Centre Liverpool include a public atrium, food and beverage outlets, meeting rooms and a business centre. The three halls will each be 2,700 sqm and will be separated by movable walls.

The facility will be capable of hosting trade and consumer exhibitions, concerts and sports events on a national and international scale.

The arrival of Exhibition Centre Liverpool will increase the existing 7,125 sqm of exhibition space at ACC Liverpool to 15,225 sqm of interlinked and flexible event space.

It will be directly connected to the existing facilities at ACC Liverpool, via a covered link, making the venue the only purpose-built interconnected arena, convention and exhibition centre in Europe.

In its first year of operation, Exhibition Centre Liverpool is expected to host about 50 events and attract more than 250,000 visitors.

It is estimated that the exhibition and event programme will support 1,300 jobs in the wider economy and contribute in the region of £40m per year in economic benefit to the Merseyside area.

David McDonnell, Chairman of ACC Liverpool, said: “Exhibition Centre Liverpool will see us extend our capabilities and allow us to welcome hundreds of thousands of additional visitors to even more events.

“Appointing ISG, a renowned building contractor with a strong reputation, will help us develop this exciting project. We are confident that the company will deliver a fantastic venue which will contribute hugely to the development of Liverpool Waterfront.”

The city council is also moving forward with plans to deliver a hotel as part of the development. A procurement process will begin shortly to identify an appropriate hotel partner to work with the council, ACC Liverpool and ISG to design and construct the hotel element.

The integrated hotel will play a key role in attracting national and international events to ACC Liverpool and will support the wider hotel economy in the city.

ISG’s Jim Parker, managing director – North West, added: “We are delighted to have been appointed as part of the team delivering this world class venue on Liverpool’s waterfront. As part of our commitment to generating a highly positive legacy and maximising the regional economic benefits of this key construction project, we will be working closely with the skilled local supply chain, as well as providing community employment and training opportunities.

“Playing a key role in the continuing vision for the development of Liverpool’s waterfront is an incredibly exciting proposition and we are relishing the challenge of delivering a venue that will further strengthen the city’s credentials as a world class business and leisure destination.”

Liverpool City Council has been working closely with the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) – the current site owners of Kings Dock – to release the seven acres of land adjacent to the existing arena and convention centre. An agreement in principle has been reached for the granting of a long lease to facilitate the development.

Funding for the facility is being raised through borrowing supported directly from the revenue generated by the centre, so that the project will be at no cost to tax-payers. It will be wholly owned by Liverpool City Council and managed by the existing ACC Liverpool team.

About Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool
• Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool (ACC Liverpool) comprises BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena
• ACC Liverpool is one of the greenest venues in Europe due to specialist design features from wind turbines to rainwater harvesting, which ensure it produces half the CO2 emissions it would normally
• Since opening in 2008, ACC Liverpool has contributed £550m to the local economy
• In 2010, ACC Liverpool received ISO 14001 accreditation
• Twitter: @ACCLiverpool
• In March 2011, ACC Liverpool announced plans to build an exhibition centre open for business in 2015

About ISG Plc
ISG Plc is an international construction services company delivering fit out, construction and a range of specialist services, with 31 offices worldwide. The company works with owners, developers and occupiers in the public and private sector for an extensive range of industries. ISG Plc was established in 1989 and has been quoted on AIM since 1998. Today the company has a turnover of around £1.2 billion.

For more information, please contact Paul Johnston, interim communications manager, on 0151 225 2611 or 07740 918615.

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Liverpool is the first city to negotiate a City Deal with the Government. It has seen Mayor Joe Anderson elected to oversee a single investment programme of public and private funds worth £130m with the potential to grow to £500m – £1bn; the first Mayoral Development Corporation outside London; chairing a new investment board bringing together all of the city’s assets and developing a new approach to welfare reform. For more information visit www.liverpool.gov.uk/mayor.