Sage Gateshead to host ICCA winter debate

The International Congress and Convention Association's (ICCA) UK and Ireland Chapter will hold its winter debate at the Sage Gateshead, Newcastle in February.

ICCA UK and Ireland Chapter’s chair, Kerrin MacPhie
ICCA UK and Ireland Chapter’s chair, Kerrin MacPhie

The event will cover key topics including compliance, ambassadors and bidding for events.

The debate aims to provide tips for destinations, venues and hotels on compliance and insight into how rules on a global level are interpreted at a local level; advice on how associations can attract younger generations to their event; and how businesses can meet client expectations in the current climate.

The opening speaker will be Professor Paul Redmond from the University of Liverpool, who will discuss generation theory and the graduate labour market. 

The event will take place from 10-11 February 2014 at the Northern Rock Foundation Hall, Sage Gateshead in Newcastle.

ICCA UK and Ireland Chapter’s chair, Kerrin MacPhie, says: "The ICCA UK and Ireland Winter Debate is a great networking opportunity and we are excited about the content programme on offer. Understanding compliance and how different rules apply globally is a challenge for many in the meetings industry as is how to attract new generations to events in this day and age, so we hope to give delegates  practical advice and tips that will help them to maximise their business opportunities."

The debate will also hear from ambassadors that have successfully won business, why they bid, what the gains are and the legacy that hosting a prestigious international conference can leave.

MacPhie adds: "The publication of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) UK Events Industry Inquiry report has highlighted the fact that we should speak with one voice about our industry and I do hope that those attending this debate will experience, first hand, the passion and enthusiasm that ICCA UK and Ireland events create."

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