Expotel targets online bookings after buying latemeetings.com website

Expotel has acquired Latemeetings.com - and predicted that a quarter of all business-to-business events will be booked online within five years.

Latemeetings.com
Latemeetings.com

The hotel and conference booking agency said the deal, for an undisclosed sum, would boost its overall market share.

Latemeetings.com was launched in 2005 and gives buyers access to 11,000 venues in the UK and Europe.

Expotel CEO Ian Burnley said: "Latemeetings.com delivers the advantages of immediacy, connectivity, 24-7 accessibility, internationality and sustainability. Increasingly, these will be values that corporate and public sector buyers, as well as venue operators, will rate most highly."

He added: "While call centre bookings will continue to dominate, within five years perhaps 25% of all business event transactions will be web-driven."

Expotel is retaining Latemeetings.com directors John Gallery and Chris Martins as consultants.

 

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles
and free email bulletins.

Register now
Already registered?
Sign in
Deadline extended for the C&IT Awards Americas

Deadline extended for the C&IT Awards Americas

As C&IT expands its reach globally, we've launched the C&IT Awards Americas to recognise the best in US events.

Unicorn Events closes due to COVID-19 challenges

Unicorn Events closes due to COVID-19 challenges

Agency MD Hannah Luffman says the business will close while it is still possible to pay staff in full.

How the UK government is supporting the hospitality and events sector

How the UK government is supporting the hospitality and events sector

Suggestions of an extended lockdown period are adding pressure to the events sector, says University of Derby's Brendan Moffett.

LIVE UPDATES: Cannes Lions goes from postponed to cancelled

LIVE UPDATES: Cannes Lions goes from postponed to cancelled

All the latest postponements and cancellations as the world deals with the spread of coronavirus.

Furlough: The new F-word

Furlough: The new F-word

Recently furloughed creative director Dave Leong explains the thinking that’s helping him navigate tricky times.

‘Virtual event providers have been opportunistic’

‘Virtual event providers have been opportunistic’

Think carefully about going virtual if your event can be postponed to later in the year, says Shaumik Saha from Stride Plus Events.

Events company helps build temporary hospital in Berlin

Events company helps build temporary hospital in Berlin

PRG's teams in Germany and the US are supporting health workers on the frontline in the fight against COVID-19.

How venues can rise to the challenge of coronavirus

How venues can rise to the challenge of coronavirus

Be flexible with your payment terms or cancellation policies, says Katie Roberts at National Museums Liverpool.

Dear C&IT: Mental health first-aiders could help events staff in need

Dear C&IT: Mental health first-aiders could help events staff in need

Two readers call for a greater focus on mental wellbeing in the events industry.

Zoom responds to privacy and security concerns

Zoom responds to privacy and security concerns

The video conferencing app is under scrutiny as its popularity surges during the coronavirus pandemic.