Conference News January 2018 - Page 12

12 News Safety in numbers Millennials are more sociable than older business travellers, and are also most concerned about their personal safety, according to data released from the CWT Connected Traveller Study, a multi-generational survey of more than 1,900 travellers from 16 countries. A full 58% of millennials travel with others, 43% travel with colleagues, and 15% with friends or family. In stark contrast, nearly three-quarters (71%) of baby boomers travel alone. Sometimes, they travel with colleagues (23%) but they rarely bring along friends or family (6%). Generation X travellers are somewhere in the middle, with 58% traveling alone, 31% with a colleague and 11% with friends or family. “We see a massive generational shift among the habits of younger travellers – the much-vaunted millennials,” said Julian Walker, Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s head of external communications. “Millennials are far more sociable when they travel, love technology and are most concerned about their own personal safety.” The study also found that millennials are most likely to cancel a trip over security concerns. Event Academy Catering confirmed £2.2m refurb Event and venue entrepreneur Andrew Morris has been appointed chairman of the Event Academy. The Royal Horticultural Halls has announced its chosen caterers for 2018. Visit the CN website to find out who. The Science Museum, London, has said it will be launching a new events space to the market in January 2019. Did you know? Not only did Best Parties Ever host more than 200,000 guests in the run up to Christmas (see our big number, P9), but they also ran parties at 22 venues around the UK, rolled out 794 metres of red carpet, opened 16,571 bottles of fizz, ran 880metres of bar, served up 696,000 canapés, provided 3,300sqm of dance floor and handed out 8,500kg of chocolate. The Clydeside Distillery at the SEC received £10m investment. The number of bars that operate at London landmark venue The O2 120 eventprofs attended the NOEA conference in Bath in November. Where to go? Why not spend some time in Bristol. As you’ll read in our feature on P42, the city has seen another strong year in the tourism stakes and, with no shortage of activities on offer, makes a great meeting destination.