Presentation on theme: "Copyright 2006 – Biz/ed The Conference, Exhibition and Event Environment BTEC National Travel and Tourism."— Presentation transcript:
Copyright 2006 – Biz/ed The Conference, Exhibition and Event Environment BTEC National Travel and Tourism
Copyright 2006 – Biz/ed Introduction Conferences, exhibitions and events are a very large part of the travel and tourism market. Just the UK conference, trade fair and exhibition sectors are thought to be worth more than £10 billion per year. It is a high quality, high yield part of the travel and tourism industry.
Copyright 2006 – Biz/ed Value and Benefits The sector lengthens the high season for many leisure tourism destinations in UK It is a year-round sector Investment by regions to attract business from this sector can regenerate areas suffering industrial decline. Places battle to host major events – ‘place marketing’
Copyright 2006 – Biz/ed Types of Venue Purpose-built centres (see list in Activity) Hotels often have dedicated conference and business meeting facilities Academic institutions often host specialist conferences Sports venues are increasingly attractive
Copyright 2006 – Biz/ed Suppliers to the Sector Conference organisers Exhibition organisers Venue-finding agencies Audio-visual suppliers Catering companies IT specialists Security personnel providers
Copyright 2006 – Biz/ed Buyers in the Sector Companies seeking venues for business meetings, events and conferences. Associations and trade bodies. Governmental organisations. Charities and other not-for-profit bodies.
Copyright 2006 – Biz/ed Major Trends and Issues The growing popularity of unusual venues shows the need for ‘impact’ events. Organisations relying more on venue-finding agencies as the sector grows. The growth of importance of budget-level facilities.
Copyright 2006 – Biz/ed The Future One of the main trends is the growth of video-conferencing as: Technology allows ‘real-time’ networking at a distance Equipment costs and line charges fall (ISDN etc) Organisations become more environmentally-aware
Copyright 2006 – Biz/ed Key Question Will technology (the Internet, video-conferencing and conference-calling) ever replace the need for business events, conferences and exhibitions?