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In this episode of The Future in 15 Show, host Caleb Parker interviews HBAA member Alastair Stewart, MD of etc.venues.  Alastair talks about how he believes creative, bold venue design will play an important part in success of events in the future.  He gives us a peek into his company's client engagement strategy during the design process, and he shares his company’s top tech adoption, as well as the most popular use of tech by clients.

The Series Premier of The Future in 15 Show kicks off today, where we learn about a new online platform that enables the sharing of infrastructure for large meetings and events.  Show Host Caleb Parker interviews Damian Oracki, the Founder & CEO of Showslice in the punchy 15 minute format the show has been promising.

So the current trend is that our US friends across the pond are keen to book more events into the UK especially London due to the favourable exchange rate. I wonder if the recent terror attack will make them think twice, I sincerely hope not.  London is such a great location with a vibe that is unique to the City alone. With the exchange as it is London is a much more viable option over other European Cities.  I was at a recent event for over 2000 people in Copenhagen.

Please see the new VisitEngland/Tourism Alliance Tourism Employment video.  You will see that it features the importance of employment represented by the live event production industry.  





There is a massive thank you due to everyone who helped raise the £19,500 at the Annual Dinner in January.  It really was an incredible achievement and the team at Beyond Food and Brigade where simply blown away!  The funds will make a huge impact the lives of the people they support. The money raised from the Annual Dinner, plus everything else we raised throughout 2016 has helped us exceed £24K for the charity so far.

HBAA is proud to partner with 'The Future in 15' Show to keep HBAA members updated on the latest innovation affecting our sector.

Operations Director Imogen Brettell from Lancaster serviced apartment agent Citybase gives an overview on the increasingly evolving and competitive market and her take on the challenges, benefits and opportunities for operators, agents and travellers. 

This year marks a milestone in the HBAA’s history.  It’s 20 years ago this year that the HBAA was formed during a Christmas party with Peter Ducker, Simon Scott and Bob Dixon, among others. They realised the real benefit of an association where knowledge ideas and challenges could be exchanged and together they could be a stronger force than as individuals.

So what was happening in the market 20 years ago?

Last year we joined the HBAA which is a representative body for UK meeting agencies, conference venues and technology providers. Patrick Heaphy our Head of Sales & Strategic Partnerships attended their annual forum during the summer and came back with very positive reports. I attended my first event last week, the AGM and annual dinner at the Hilton Bankside in London. These are the top 4 things I learned from the event. 

On 1st November 2016, past and present HBAA Chairs met to celebrate our 19th anniversary and to welcome Louise Goalen as incoming Chair for 2017. As we head into our 20th year, we take a trip down memory lane to reflect on the evolution of the HBAA over the past nineteen successful years and recognise the foundations on which this great association has been built.