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February 2, 2009

Heavy snowfall hits UK events industry

The UK events industry now faces severe disruption this week from extreme weather, and delegates are urged to contact events organisers and venues before travelling.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings across the UK as snow falls and sub-zero temperatures prevail in much of England and Wales. Large areas are facing some of the most widespread snow for six years with eastern England, the South East, the Midlands and eastern Wales the worst affected areas.

Much of UK is unnacustomed to such extremes, making travel very difficult, with the BBC’s online news service already relaying video images of vehicles stuck in snow, with drivers being helped by passing pedestrians (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7864232.stm)

Hundreds of schools across the UK have been closed, with bus services, including those in London, suspended, while people are being urged to avoid travelling in the treacherous conditions. All of which means that many venues will close today, while delegates will find it very difficult to reach events.

Furthermore, with the high pressure zone currently stationed of the UK meaning more snow is forecast, it looks like the industry faces a difficult few days.

Organisers and venues can contact EVENTS:review with details of cancellations and closures, and these will then be posted on the web channel.

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