92% of visitors rate their experience as ‘excellent or good’ at London exhibition of meeting and conference venues
The visitor feedback is in, and the Academic Venue Show 2014 has been declared an outstanding success by hosts Venuemasters. Held on 14 May at the ILEC Conference Centre in London and featuring more than 50 exhibitors, the Academic Venue Show is the only annual exhibition dedicated to showcasing meeting and group accommodation facilities at academic venues across the UK.
Feedback showed that 92 per cent of visitors rated their experience as ‘excellent or good,’ while 88 percent of visitors rated information provided by exhibitors as ‘excellent or good.’ 62 per cent of visitors said they would definitely or probably use an exhibiting venue within the next 12 months.
The Academic Venue Show is tightly focused on showcasing great-value meeting and conference venues, and visitors praised the event’s usefulness in testimonials. Ian Brown from the British Society of Soil Science said: “The Academic Venue Show is a must for my diary. It has helped me find conference venues the last four years and I look forward to returning in 2015.” Emma Tomlinson from MRC HTMR Network also commented: “The show was a great opportunity to find out about lots of UK academic venues all in one place. It’s convenient to attend, being in central London, and I would certainly attend again.”
The Academic Venue Show 2014 also featured a professional development element, which included two live seminars. Internet marketing specialist and Sunday Times contributor Susan Hallam spoke on how event organisers can attract more delegates online. Paralympic medallist and broadcaster Ade Adepitan presented an inspiring talk on how to use techniques from the world of sport to overcome event-organising challenges.
Venuemasters’ Marketing and Membership Manager Natalie Hudson, who organised the show, commented: “We were delighted with the feedback from exhibitors and event organisers who attended, particularly as 80 per cent were visiting for the first time. We also received some great ideas for developing the show, and we’re looking forward to planning an even more exciting event in 2015.”