Eventia and BACD set to merge

Trade associations Eventia and BACD (the British Association of Conference Destinations) are set to merge, according to a statement released this morning. Details of the deal and its implications are yet to be confirmed, and the statement only says that “each board is working on a proposition which will be put forward to members for voting shortly”. However, according to responses from the heads of both bodies, it appears to be a done deal. “This is a great opportunity for the industry,” said Eventia immediate past chairman and P&MM divisional managing director Nigel Cooper. “I’m looking forward to finalising our discussions and creating a powerful group that will really raise our profile not only to our community of events professionals but also to businesses in the UK and the rest of the world.” Eventia executive director Izania Downie spoke of the natural synergy of the two organisations: “Both Eventia and BACD have dedicated memberships and committed boards, and our individual skills complement each other. I am looking forward to working with BACD to create a united, trusted and influential industry association.” BACD chairman Hamish Reid described the merger idea as “a natural progression for us [that] offers enormous potential”, adding: “One of BACD’s major roles is to build business for Britain, and another is to act as a cohesive force within business tourism, forging strategic alliances with like-minded organisations and playing a leading role in the development of the conference industry.”

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