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October 30, 2007
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London voted UK?s most popular events destination




Event organisers have voted London as their preferred destination to hold meetings and events, according to the UK Conference Market Survey (UKCMS).
 
The report shows that 65% of association organisers and 68% of corporate organisers held an event in London in the last 12 months.
 
Commenting on the figures, the UK capital’s mayor, Ken Livingstone, said: “London’s excellent reputation and status as a global city means it attracts a real mix of business from all industry sectors. There is so much buzz around the city, fuelled by the 2012 Games, new venues and new opportunities, all of which will make London even more attractive to event planners.”
 
Meanwhile, the city’s marketing body Visit London’s chief executive, James Bidwell, said: “London’s pre-eminence as the economic powerhouse of the UK is reflected in these latest survey figures. The results also demonstrate Visit London’s efforts to ensure that London remains the number one city destination in the world. Business tourism is a fundamental plank in London’s tourism economy. Last year we welcomed a total of 6.6 million business visitors driving total business spend up to £3.4 billion.”
 
Visit London works to attract association and corporate business to the capital, offering a free venue enquiry service and event planners guide, providing advice and special offers at visitlondon.com/business and organising regular familiarisation trips for event planners, as well as supporting bids to bring major events to London.

For more information, visit visitlondon.com/business


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