Manchester Central to offer free Wi-Fi

Manchester Central, the city's largest convention complex, will offer free Wi-Fi to exhibitors, delegates and visitors from January 2013.

Manchester Central is located in the heart of the city
Manchester Central is located in the heart of the city

The venue is the latest to join the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) ‘Conference Cloud’ initiative, which encourages venues across the UK to offer free Wi-Fi to delegates, and has taken the initiative one step further in providing free Wi-Fi to exhibitors as well. 

The venue is already 100 per cent Wi-Fi compatible, but will increase its current provision of two mpbs (mega bytes per second) of chargeable Wi-Fi to five mpbs.

Angie Robinson, chief executive of Manchester Central, said: "We strive to be the best at what we do. A few venues already offer delegates free Wi-Fi but we are breaking new ground and raising the bar in events and conferencing by also offering it to everyone who comes through our doors.

"But we must never stop improving our offer. We are determined to be trailblazers in the industry and at the forefront of new developments and initiatives in our bid to maximise our five-star offering.

"We believe that offering free Wi-Fi for our exhibitors, delegates and visitors will help us to go that one step further in ensuring the success of our clients’ events."

ABPCO Chair Michael Foreman said: "We are delighted that Manchester Central has taken this step and that the Conference Cloud continues to gain support across the industry.  The fact the campaign has influenced major venues to take such brave strategic decisions is testimony to the importance of this issue. 

"The offer of "free Wi-Fi to all" is a major development for the UK meetings industry and will I am sure be warmly welcomed by exhibitors in particular."

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