Jersey Conference Bureau to close with job losses

The Jersey Conference Bureau will close at the end of March, with three jobs lost, as Visit Jersey assumes responsibility for promoting the Channel Island as a conference and incentive destination.

The Jersey Conference Bureau will close at the end of March
The Jersey Conference Bureau will close at the end of March

The closure of the conference bureau follows the recommendations of the Tourism Shadow Board, after Visit Jersey was established to oversee the development and coordination of the island’s tourism. 

Primary sponsor of the Conference Bureau, the Economic Development Ministry, will now provide full funding of Visit Jersey.

Peter Funk, chairman of the Conference Bureau, said: "It is of paramount importance that we ensure the future stability of the conference sector, particularly for those who have invested in both product development and marketing over many years. Although the conference business has been challenged by stiff competition from other destinations in recent years, we are optimistic that Jersey can continue to compete successfully in this market.

"The Conference Bureau will ensure an orderly handover of conference business to Visit Jersey. Future and pending conference business will be protected and conference enquiries passed to Visit Jersey. Unfortunately the consolidation will result in three Conference Bureau staff members losing their jobs."

The Conference Bureau's general manager post, held by Hamish Reid, will be among the three positions to go. Reid said: "I will be looking for future opportunities in the industry and I wish Visit Jersey the best of fortune."

The Conference Bureau will hold its AGM on 26 February, when members will discuss the future of Jersey’s conference industry and be informed of the plans for a successful closure.

More on Jersey:

Jersey: 5 of the best restaurants for groups

Jersey: hotels for different budgets

Trayport gives corporate lowdown on Jersey

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles
and free email bulletins.

Register now
Already registered?
Sign in
Brisbane lands Flight Centre's Global Gathering

Brisbane lands Flight Centre's Global Gathering

Brisbane has been selected to host one of the world's largest travel industry conferences, bringing a (AUD) $7 million economic boost.

Expert reveals UK's top 7 steam railway journeys

Expert reveals UK's top 7 steam railway journeys

Vintage trains in Scotland, England and Wales all make the list, offering groups a quirky and luxurious way to travel.

10 destinations to reach without flying

10 destinations to reach without flying

A list of places that can be reached using greener alternatives to air travel.

Business traveller habits revealed in new research

Business traveller habits revealed in new research

Smartphones are having a significant impact on business travel, according to a CWT poll.

The rise of the 'super incentive'

The rise of the 'super incentive'

In a crowded market, a new level of incentive trip can make you stand out from the crowd, says TAG's Sam Robson.

'Stress and burnout' are challenges we need to tackle

'Stress and burnout' are challenges we need to tackle

Event Concept's Jo Higgs explains why looking after your people is so important and how training mental health first-aiders could help.

Case study: Leon Winter Award Celebration

Case study: Leon Winter Award Celebration

The event at Hawker House in London tied in perfectly with the fast-food chain's innovative approach.

Events budgets rose in second-quarter, says Bellwether Report

Events budgets rose in second-quarter, says Bellwether Report

While wider marketing budgets flatlined in the second quarter of 2019, events bucked the trend.

Seven Events welcomes two new faces

Seven Events welcomes two new faces

Agency brings in client development manager and event executive to London and Birmingham offices.

How sustainable do UK delegates want to be?

How sustainable do UK delegates want to be?

Survey reveals how concerned Brits really are about their environmental impact when travelling overseas.

LATEST JOBS