Bristol plans event business drive

Bristol is aiming to boost its C&I business with a new website and hotel investments.

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Destination Bristol, the destination management organisation for Bristol and South Gloucestershire, has launched a new website to promote conference and business meetings in the region.

The website features information about 60 venues, including hotels, conference centres and academic institutions and links to corporate travel, team building and corporate entertainment suppliers.

Eco-friendly and accessibility information is also supplied for each venue.

Destination Bristol's managing director John Hallett said: "It is important that we get the balance of communication right with an industry that is so important to the local economy.  For Destination Bristol this includes digital newsletters, social media, attending key exhibitions and networking events, distributing key print materials, and talking to the industry to establish their business needs now and in the future."

Venues
Bristol's venue developments will include the Radisson Blu Hotel, due to open at the end of the summer with 176 rooms, and event space for 125 delegates theatre -style.

Blue Reef aquarium is set to open late in 2009 next to the Explore-At-Bristol interactive science museum on the Harbourside.

Future Inns Bristol hotel opened earlier this year with 149 rooms, and meeting space for 350 delegates.   

Upcoming events being held in Bristol will include the annual four-day conference for The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in September.

Destination Bristol: Key facts
-    Destination management partnership for Bristol & South Gloucestershire

-    Joint venture between Bristol City Council and GWE Business West.

-    Over 600 major businesses and strategic partners

-    Conference team services include an online delegate accommodation booking service, site visit  arrangements and materials for delegate packs

-    Contacts include www.visitbristol.co.uk and conference manager Helen Davies on 0117 946 2218

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