London Conference Centre Under Review

London has taken a step towards creating a world-class, purpose-built convention centre with the setting up of a mayoral commission to examine the desirability and feasibility of the project. Vice-chairman of London First and treasurer for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Weekend Trust Gerry Acher has been appointed by the London Development Agency to chair the commission. Acher is forming a team that will report within a year. He sounded out the industry at last month’s International Confex. The appointment follows the London Leadership Forum on Business Tourism last year, at which 100 industry players identified an international convention centre as one of the five key issues the capital had to tackle. Acher said that if the case for a centre were made, he would make recommendations on location, funds and timing. “But having a centre is not a foregone conclusion as it may not be financially viable,” he noted.

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