Birmingham Convention Bureau secures place in national awards final

Birmingham Convention Bureau (BCB) has been nominated in the ‘Best UK Convention Bureau’ category in the 2012 Meetings & Incentive Travel Industry Awards. BCB will face competition at the awards ceremony from Staffordshire Stoke on Trent Conference Bureau, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Jersey Conference Bureau and NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau.

Organised by Meetings & Incentive Travel magazine, the annual event celebrates excellence of service and product in the various sectors of the business tourism market.

Birmingham Convention Bureau provides services including free venue finding, online accommodation booking and social programme planning, along with an award-winning Event Support Package.

Ian Taylor, Commercial Director at Marketing Birmingham, the city’s strategic marketing partnership which operates the Birmingham Convention Bureau, said:

“Birmingham is a truly global events destination and being nominated for this prestigious award reflects the very high quality of service offered by our committed Convention Bureau team.

“The city has a reputation for hosting and delivering first class events, including party political conferences and world-renowned exhibitions. The continued investment in our hotel infrastructure and retail and transport offer, combined with our unrivalled location at the heart of the country, demonstrates that Birmingham boasts all of the credentials to remain the UK’s meeting place.”

Other venues in the region celebrating nominations include Warwick Conferences, considered to house the largest concentration of meeting space in the UK, in a hat trick of categories – ‘Best Value for Money Conference Centre’ (Scarman), ‘Best Academic Venue’ (The Conference Park) and ‘Best UK Management Training Centre’ (Scarman).

Aston Villa, offering a wide range of executive boxes, suites, restaurants and lounges across the four stands of its Villa Park football stadium, have been shortlisted for an award in the ‘Best UK Unusual Venue’ category.

Conference Aston, situated at the heart of Birmingham with three conferencing and event venues and a number of residential and non-residential options, are celebrating inclusion in the ‘Best Value for Money Conference Venue’ category.

The ceremony, featuring a total of 21 awards, will take place on Monday 5th March at the Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster Bridge in London.

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