On Wednesday (18 February) the two-day International CONFEX show kicked off at Olympia London. The show floor was populated by exhibition stands from destinations, suppliers and venues showcasing their products for attendees. A series of speakers and panel sessions took place throughout the show; with entrepreneur and author Gerald Ratner delivering the first day's keynote speech and BBC broadcaster Clare Balding will delivering the closing keynote speech yesterday (19 February). See photos from CONFEX here.
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Wednesday also saw the Israel Government Tourist Office (IGTO) host a C&I event for 38 attendees at Piccadilly’s BAFTA 195, to showcase Israel to the sector. Naama Oryan-Kaplan, director of the UK and Ireland for IGTO, opened the event and introduced her plans to promote Israel to the UK market in 2015. Guests viewed a 3D screening of National Geographic’s ‘Jerusalem’ film, and were then invited to network with Israeli suppliers.
On Tuesday (17 February), Visit York’s Business tourism arm VisitYork4Meetings hosted a ‘Meet the Buyer’ dinner at London’s Science Museum, attended by 24 C&I buyers. Attendees met with representatives from 14 of York’s conference venues and heard a keynote speech from head of VisitYork, Kate McMullen, who highlighted York as a business destination. They then sat down to a Yorkshire-themed dinner in the museum’s ‘Making the Modern World’ gallery, before embarking on a museum tour. The event was catered by Payne and Gunter with White Light providing AV, lighting and technical production.
Also this week was Madame Tussaud's Valentine's Day pop-up, which took place on Saturday night (14 February). Guests were given the chance to have their pictures taken with more than 300 celebrity waxwork figures, from Marilyn Monroe to George Clooney. After making their way around the exhibition, attendees sat down to a three-course dinner supplied by catering partners Food By Dish, and entertainment from 'Lady Sings the Blues Entertainment'.