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April 16, 2008

Demand for overseas venues takes venuefinder.com global

More and more conference and meetings organisers are choosing overseas destinations for their events, according to Confex Group, resulting in the forthcoming launch of a new international channel on venuefinder.com at National venue Show (25 to 27 September 2007).

This is part of an integrated offering that Confex Group is implementing to serve the growing needs of the international corporate events industry,î said a statement by the organisation. ìThis is also reflected in the current strength of the international sector of Confex, following the return of many destinations, including Germany and Brazil plus the arrival of many new ones.

Further commenting on the initiative, Alison Willis, sales director at Confex Group, said: "Given the strength of the pound, more and more UK buyers are turning to outbound destinations.

This has resulted in an ever increasing demand for international event solutions from clients across our portfolio." The new international channel on venuefinder.com will offer 4,000 venues from more than 40 countries. It will enable event organisers to search for venues according to how far they are from the UK, by hotel group and even by the number of hotel bedrooms and maximum delegate capacities in one location.

Many of these destinations will also be represented at International Confex 2008, according to the Group, which has revealed the re-signing of Bulgaria, Greece and Portugal, as well as long-haul destinations, such as Barbados and Miami. "There is a tremendous opportunity for brands as strong as venuefinder.com to offer international options for UK buyers" Willis added.

"Considering the increasing presence of international destinations at Confex, it is clear that the UK outbound events industry is very strong and set to grow further."

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