8 News Blackpool back on the map CWT M&E wins business across Europe CWT Meetings & Events, Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s meeting and events division, has been appointed to run meetings and events for global chemical company BASF in the UK & Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. In the UK, the partnership will be run by programme manager Simon Hubbard, who says: “We are delighted that BASF has tasked us with managing their meetings programmes in a number of key markets, including the UK & Ireland.” New approach for Wales Economy secretary Ken Skates announced the Welsh Government is planning a new approach to attract leading business events to Wales, further showcasing the destination on an international stage. Skates says: “Wales has built an enviable record of hosting many of the world’s biggest events. Following May’s UEFA Champions League Final we’re now looking at building on our experience to attract leading business events to Wales.” Ferguson joins Marketing Edinburgh Marketing Edinburgh, the official promotional organisation for Scotland’s capital city, has appointed Amanda Ferguson as its new head of business tourism. She replaces Lesley Williams. Ferguson brings over 19 years of experience in UK and international B2B marketing and events, including Edinburgh International Convention Centre (EICC) and University of Edinburgh, and most recently working at VisitScotland for the last 10 years. Ferguson was responsible for the implementation and management of the tourism board’s business events marketing strategy for the UK and European markets, which represents 85% of all business events and meetings in Scotland. Ferguson will be building on record-breaking annual results in 2016/17, which reported strategic KPIs met across the board and revenue growth increase to £1.98m, a ROI of 103:1. Blackpool is aiming to reclaim its position as the UK’s premier conference and events destination. A campaign launched in June represents £500m of investment, including in a new convention centre and hotels. At the heart of the plans lies a partnership between the Winter Garden’s operators and Visit Blackpool. A £25m conference and exhibition centre will be added to the Winter Garden’s complex. The new Blackpool Conference & Exhibition Centre will represent a 6,150sqm conference space will be able to host an additional 2,000 people, bringing the total Winter Gardens’ capacity to over 7,000. Venue finder adds feature Venue finding specialists venuedirectory.com have added a new feature to their GRATIS software designed to offer an extra level of protection to delegates. The company says that, in light of recent events around the world concerning the security and safety of the public, it has embedded a new tracking feature – a Duty of Care Report – into its venue-finding software. 8 venues join Stadium Experience Eight major stadium venues have joined Stadium Experience as members. The eight clubs include: Arsenal FC Ipswich Town FC, Manchester United FC, Nottingham Forest FC, St. Helens Rugby Club, Swansea City AFC and Ospreys Rugby, as well as the association’s first Irish venue, Croke Park in Dublin. The newest additions grow the Stadium www.conference-news.co.uk Experience membership to a total of 53 clubs across the UK and Ireland. With 110 events spaces, Croke Park’s meetings and events team can cater for delegations of 10 or a reception for 2,000. There is over 5,000sqm of event space, including eight large suites and over 90 meeting rooms.