Top 5 things to take note of this January
Keep abreast of the most important developments in the MICE industry with this handy round-up of the biggest news stories from January.
London kicks off New Year with biggest ever show
The capital ushered in 2023 with biggest ever New Year's Eve show, produced by event agency Identity and featuring 12,000 fireworks and a spectacular drone display. More than 100,000 ticket holders enjoyed the return of the public celebration after two years of being a TV event due to the pandemic.
The show highlighted the Lionesses’ history-making Euro 2022 win at Wembley, marked 50 years of London's Pride with a powerful message from Peter Tatchell from the Gay Liberation Front, and sent a message of support to Ukraine. The display also paid tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II, featuring a voice recording from Her Majesty and words from Dame Judi Dench, and honoured King Charles III, together with a message from His Majesty about the need to preserve our planet’s future.
Hannah Clark, Identity’s Project Director said: “We were honoured and proud to support the GLA in the delivery of London’s biggest New Year’s Eve show, the first time Identity has had the privilege of delivering this important event.”
LEEDS 2023 event to boost delegate experiences
Planners hosting events in Leeds this year will have a whole host of new creative experiences to tap into, thanks to LEEDS 2023, a year-long event that aims to set culture loose across the city.
The planned programme, which takes in everything from dance to design, art to architecture, poetry to pop, sculpture to sport, and grassroots community theatre to performance in the city’s varied venues, will celebrate and transform the city’s identity locally, nationally, and internationally - creating a legacy of economic and social impact.
Claire Heap, head of Conference Leeds, said: “We are thrilled with the number of experiences on offer as part of LEEDS 2023. The timetable of events will give delegates even more of an opportunity to apply their learnings and expand their thinking through creative and thought-provoking events and activities.”
Tomorrow’s Talent deadline for entries extended
Calling all up-and-coming event planners! The deadline for entries for Tomorrow’s Talent, The Meetings Show initiative designed to champion the industry’s emerging stars, has been extended.
UK-based talented event planners or buyers who are aged 30 and under, or who have up to three years’ experience in the meetings and events industry, now have until Friday 27 January 2023 to take part in the career-changing scheme.
Tomorrows Talent, run in partnership with M&IT, shines the spotlight on exceptional emerging talent within the industry to help nurture and support the leaders of the future. A panel of industry professionals will select the 10 most promising entrants to receive a series of opportunities throughout 2023 to boost their profile as well as one-on-one mentoring opportunities with past winners of Tomorrow’s Talent and The Meetings Show advisory board.
Martyn’s Law to be published this Spring
The Government has confirmed that draft legislation to enforce stronger protection against terrorism in public places such as event venues will be published in early spring.
Protect Duty, now to be known as ‘Martyn’s Law’ in tribute of Martyn Hett, who was killed alongside 21 others in the Manchester Arena terrorist attack in 2017, will require venue operators to create action plans outlining measures to mitigate the threat from terrorist attack, with measures dependent on the size of the venue and the activity taking place.
A standard tier will apply to locations with a maximum capacity of over 100, and an enhanced tier will focus on high-capacity locations. Subsequent measures could include developing a vigilance and security culture, implementation of physical measures like CCTV or new systems and processes to enable better consideration of security.
American Express M&E unveils updated platform
American Express Meetings & Events has launched the latest evolution of Meetings Insights, a business intelligence platform designed to help clients make faster, more informed decisions by giving them greater visibility into what’s happening within their strategic meetings program.
Through easy-to-understand dashboards and customisable insights, the platform empowers clients to enact smart business strategies that drive profitability and generate efficiencies. Reports are intuitively organised into five themes to make it easy for users to quickly find the information they need: spend and savings, program, supplier, travel and meetings, and benchmarking.
Additional platform enhancements include real-time data updates through API integration, self-service capabilities, and customisable program analysis with the ability for granular data drill-down. The latest evolution is currently being rolled out to existing and new clients.