Diary: The Headlines 10 Years Ago

- The latest research from the British Tourism Authority shows that in the previous year (1994), 60 per cent of domestic conferences were non-residential, one-day events, and more than half of these were attended by 30 delegates or fewer. Average spend for residential delegates was £164.26.

- Improvement in the European economy filters through to the hotel industry, with room occupancy for the quality hotel market in most European cities reaching an average of around 70 per cent. London achieves both the highest occupancy rate (76.9 per cent) and greatest rooms' revenue growth (up 14.3 per cent to £95 per night).

- The Science Museum opens as an after-hours event venue for the first time. Up to 300 delegates can now 'boldly go' and sip champagne on the bridge of the starship Enterprise at the Star Trek exhibition.

- The west coast of Ireland embarks on a united sales push to the MICE industry. Aer Lingus, 13 luxury hotels and two conference venues join forces to combat what has previously been a "fragmented" approach to marketing the region's charms to buyers.

- The £38m Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre awaits its September opening. It is expected to attract 100,000 business visitors to Glasgow every year and has already secured £22m of bookings for as far off as 2003.

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