Greener Festival Awards PDF Print E-mail

greener festival awards46 festivals across the UK, Europe, Australia and North America have been awarded the prestigious Greener Festival Award for their green efforts in reducing their environmental impact 2011.

The Awards are made by environmental campaign and advice group A Greener Festival and to achieve the Award each festival must complete a detailed 53 part questionnaire, submit relevant information such as a carbon footprint, traffic plans and waste and recycling management schemes.

They also need to have an independent environmental audit to complete the Awards scheme.

Organisers said they were extremely pleased with the results which took place against “very difficult financial pressures in some parts of the festivals sector” and “challenging summer weather” in both hemispheres.

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Birmingham: top events spot for third year in a row PDF Print E-mail

birmingham top events spot for third year in a rowBirmingham has been selected as the top UK events destination outside London for the third year in a row, according to an in-depth study of the views of more than 600 British event organisers by The British Meetings & Events Industry Survey 2011/12 (BMEIS).

Nearly half of organisers, both in the corporate and association sectors, have used Birmingham as a destination for a conference, meeting or business event in the last twelve months, ahead of Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow.

The survey also revealed that many organisations are favouring smaller, shorter and more regional events, with city centre hotels topping the preferred venue type, “value for money” influencing venue selection and social media playing a significant role in event organisation.

Ian Taylor, Commercial Director at Marketing Birmingham, the city’s strategic marketing partnership which operates Birmingham’s business tourism programme Meet Birmingham, said: “This year’s survey findings confirm Birmingham as the UK’s natural meeting place.

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New safety guide for inflatables PDF Print E-mail

MUTA, the fabric structures trade association, has called for event organisers to improve safety practices in their use of inflatable structures to reduce the risk of accidents or failures.

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Event Production Show research highlights draw of 2012’s municipal events PDF Print E-mail

Queen Elizabeth IIResearch conducted by the Event Production Show indicates spends on municipal events to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee in 2012 could exceed those of 2011’s Royal Wedding.

A celebratory weekend, Saturday 2 June to Tuesday 5 June 2012, of street parties and pageantry will mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The special long bank holiday is set to boost UK leisure and tourism spending by a predicted £620m as schools and offices close for the four day break.

This is reflected in the fact that some 22 per cent of attendees registered for the Event Production Show - taking place from Wednesday 1st – Thursday 2nd February 2011 at London Olympia - represent a public body or local authority, compared to 13 per cent in November 2010 ahead of 2011’s show.

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Wales aims to build event success PDF Print E-mail

Setting up the Green Man FestivalThe Welsh Government’s Major Events Unit recently hosted leading experts and key decision makers in the international major events industry for the inaugural Event Wales International Conference.

The conference, held at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, outlined Wales’ vision for becoming a leading destination for hosting major events and discussed the significant opportunities and challenges that face the Wales, broader UK and international events industries.

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