Taking place at etc.venues’ Dexter House in London, the Conference Summit, which featured talks, debates and breakout roundtable discussions, was attended by over 180 conference industry professionals from the UK and overseas.
Sponsored by etc.venues and Hiscox, the one day event gave delegates authoritative comment and candid discussions on the challenges facing today’s market, with topics such as ‘Is the paying delegate in terminal decline?’ and ‘The changing role of the conference marketer’.
The event was chaired by Kevin Jackson, vice president of George P Johnson, and sessions were hosted by speakers including Jonathan Dewe, former head of conferences at the Economist; Giles Cummings, divisional director at i2i Events Group; and Ben Wood, event marketing, data insight and customer service director at Incisive Media.
Piers Bearne, Chairman of the board of Echochem and a keynote presenter, said: “This was an excellent event; interactive with a great mix of speakers and a surprising level of openness and idea sharing. It seems our industry is ready to move up a level!"
Overseas delegate Steve Scott, Managing Director at Conferenz Ltd. in New Zealand commented, “Attending the Conference Summit is an extremely important benchmarking exercise for us. Conferenz is a conference and training company based in New Zealand. With a mature but small market in NZ it is often difficult to spot how the market is moving without you noticing. The Summit offers us the chance to spot how our industry is needing to change to meet market and how the smart operators in busier markets, where undoubtedly the pressures to evolve are greater, are reinventing themselves for greater success”.
Claire Wormsley, managing director of the Global Conference Network, said: “The Conference Summit 2013 has been a great success; it has showcased how innovative this industry is and its contribution to the economy. We are delighted our event has proved to be so advantageous to the delegates and exhibitors.”
The Conference Summit also featured an exhibition of industry suppliers including The Brewery, Hiscox, etc.venues, Triggerfish and Worktime TV.
The Conference Summit is part of Global Conference Network who also stage The Conference Awards which will be held on 13th June 2014.