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Meeting Planners ’ Guide: The Best UK Cities for Business Events

23rd June 2014

Experienced meeting planners know, organising a successful business event is not an easy task and can be tricky depending on the number of delegates or length of your business event. At Flightline Travel Management, we regularly get asked by meeting planners for advice when it comes to finding the perfect meetings space and events locations from the large variety of opportunities the MICE destination UK has to offer. We’ve created this business travel destination guide for meeting planning professionals focused on the top 7 UK business travel destinations for holding your corporate meetings and events.


Meeting-planners-for-business-events-and-group-travel--Flightline-Travel-ManagementNo matter which guide, survey results or top 10 list you look at, London is as popular as ever; not only as a leisure tourist destination, but also as one of the best business travel destinations for corporate meetings, conferences, incentive group travel and other business events. Being the vibrant and truly multicultural megalopolis London offers something for everyone’s taste and ideas.

Since the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, London experienced immense improvements to its meetings, conferences and events infrastructure, along with its hotel accommodation inventory and transportation system. So it is no surprise, that London indeed is one of the world’s greatest business and events destinations, which offers an extensive range of over 1,000 venues suitable for corporate meetings and events for any tastes or budget. Popular venues for corporate meetings and events amongst meeting planners are the Tate Modern, the Royal Academy of Arts, the ExCeL Exhibition Centre, The Business Design Centre, the Mermaid Conference & Events Centre, the Globe Theatre and Alexandra Palace.


meeting-planners-guide-to-corporate-group-incentive-travel-and-business-eventsAs Britain’s second largest city, Birmingham has transformed itself from an industrial city to a major international commercial centre and leading European business destination, in particular for the transport and retail industry. Amongst meeting planners and other events industry professionals the city is ranked as the most popular destination outside London for organising corporate meetings, conferences and events according to the fifth annual British Meetings & Events Industry Survey (BMEIS).

Corporate Meetings & Events
Birmingham offers meeting planners a huge choice of corporate meeting space and events locations, including some of UK’s premium MICE venues such as the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), LG Arena and the International Convention Centre (ICC). With the NEC in particular, Birmingham offers meeting planners and event organisers the UK’s largest venue for trade and consumer shows. At the same time the NEC represents the busiest and seventh-largest convention and exhibition venue in Europe hosting over 140 events and 2.1 million visitors a year.

Getting there & around
Located adjacent to Birmingham Airport and Birmingham International railway station, all three, the NEC, LG Arena and ICC are worth a consideration when you are sourcing meetings and events space for your corporate meetings programme.


Meeting-planners-in-Manchester---business-events-and-corporate-travel-management-companyManchester is one of the fastest growing major cities and the fifths largest financial centre in the UK. Today, the city is one of the UK’s leading destinations for business conferences and events.

Corporate Meetings & Events
With an inspiring variety of large capacity exhibition and event venues for leisure, it has become an exciting conference destination for many businesses. Some world class event venues are The Lowry or football clubs with flexible meeting spaces for 10 to 1000+ delegates.

Getting there & around
Being the only global gateway to the North of England, Manchester Airport provides connections to over 200 destinations worldwide. The city also has an excellent rail network with direct train services from and to London in just over 2 hours.

In the next part of this meeting planners’ and events planners’ guide we’ll focus on the MICE destinations Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Leeds.

Looking to receive more personal and detailed business travel expert advice?  Get in touch with a Flightline Travel Management Consultant today.

Here to help corporate meeting planners and events planners choose the right venue for your company

Flightline Travel Management are a business travel company with over 20 years of experience in helping SMEs and large companies to travel smarter on business. Our Event-Line business travel solutions and agency services are aimed at helping corporate clients simplify strategic meetings management. Our corporate travel management specialists know the inside outs of MICE management, whether you need to find the perfect venue, book incentive group travel, track meetings spend or take out the complexity of strategic meetings management – we are here to help.

Event-line, business travel agents for corporate meetings and events services, can help you choose the right fit for your company’s corporate travel needs and achieve meetings goals. Call us today on 0844 332 0174 or make an online enquiry.

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