40 academic venues all under one roof

What does this year’s Academic Venue Show have in store for event organisers?

As the only trade exhibition to exclusively showcase the meeting and accommodation facilities available at academic venues, the show enables event organisers to meet face to face with representatives from some 40 venues and spend quality time discussing their event requirements in detail.

Organisers attending this year’s show will have the opportunity to discuss their future conference, meeting and/or group travel requirements with a fantastic array of venues from a variety of city centre, rural and coastal locations. Venues exhibiting at the show are from major towns and cities across the UK such as Birmingham, Chester, Coventry, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Norwich, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Loughborough, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford, Portsmouth, Reading, Sheffield and York.

Academic venues are able to offer facilities that are tailored to event organisers’ needs. With much, if not all, of the essential AV infrastructure already in place, significant savings can be made in comparison to using other types of venues. Academic venues always provide great value with day delegate rates starting from just £25 + VAT, however, in addition to this, many of the exhibiting venues will be offering exclusive discounts and prize draws on the day of the exhibition.

Visitors to the University of Lancaster’s stand (number 14) will be entered into a draw for three fantastic prizes, including complimentary hire of a meeting room and lunch for up to 10 delegates at Lancaster’s popular Green Lane Conference Centre. Organisers visiting Saïd Business School’s stand (number 32) could benefit from 20% off their conference facilities in Oxford until the end of the year. Buyers can also take a trip down memory lane by visiting the University of York’s vintage-themed stand (number 24) and picking up their very own chocolate ration tin!

Recent research with organisers showed that ‘catering’ is an important element when planning events. Therefore, visitors to this years’ show can also join acclaimed restaurant critic Jay Rayner when he presents his entertaining and inspiring talk ‘My Dining Hell’. Full of jokes and satirical humour, Jay will examine our love affair with lousy reviews, read from accounts of some of the most excruciating nights out he’s ever had and look at the worst reviews his own work has ever received. ‘My Dining Hell’ will be preceded by drinks and canapés providing a relaxed and informal networking opportunity.

Renowned meetings industry expert Jackie Mulligan will also be providing an intriguing and engaging look into the future trends within the meetings and events market.

As VP for Innovation on the MPI Board of Directors for MPI UK and Ireland, Jackie has presented her research at conferences across Europe and the USA. Having developed an excellent reputation amongst meeting professionals, visitors can benefit from her inspiring tips for ‘Staying ahead of the Game’.

Venuemasters, the organisers of the Academic Venue Show, were formed in 1981 by 25 academic venues that wanted to utilise their meeting and group accommodation facilities during the Easter, summer and Christmas vacation periods. The principle aim was to combine their marketing and promotional activities to create a greater impact in the marketplace.

The consortium has grown and developed in many ways over the last 30 years, including adapting to the more commercial operations of the venues, many of which now have purpose-built facilities available throughout the year.

However, the overriding aim of promoting member venues to help them achieve their own business aims remains the same. Venuemasters’ CEO, Terry Billingham, says: “The Academic Venue Show is one of the most successful ways to achieve our aims – the promotion and publicity for the show raises the profile of academic venues, and it provides a unique opportunity for event organisers to meet and discuss their needs with representatives from the venues. In addition to this, exhibitors collect quality enquiries from buyers who they know are genuinely interested in using their venues.”

With registration levels up by more than 20% compared to the same stage last year Venuemasters are looking forward to another fantastic show. Visitors arriving early will be able to enjoy a complimentary coffee and croissant, before discovering the diverse range of facilities available at academic venues across the country. They may also benefit from some of the exclusive offers and prize draws that exhibitors will have on the day. Doors to the show open at 10:00 and the exhibition closes at 16:00, however Jay Rayner’s presentation will continue until 17:30 allowing visitors to network with some of the exhibitors over drinks and canapés.

For further information please visit: www.academicvenueshow.co.uk

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