The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) today announces that The Queen Elizabeth IIConference Centre (QEIICC) and Puma Hotels’ Collection have become the latest venues to sign up to its Conference Cloud campaign, which calls for venues and hotels to offer Wi-Fi free of charge to conference delegates.
QEII Centre becomes the fifth convention centre to become part of the campaign, joining other major UK convention centres such as ACC Liverpool, Manchester Central, Brighton Centre and ICC Birminghamwhich was the first convention centre to support Conference Cloud. Puma Hotels’ Collection has joined with 21 separate hotels all committed to offering free Wi-Fi to conference delegates, taking the total number of Conference Cloud locations to 259. Guoman Thistle has also signed up for the campaign, adding its 16 hotels to the network of free Wi-Fi venues.
ABPCO Chair Jennifer Jenkins commented: “The importance of the Conference Cloud campaign has been further cemented by the support of QEII Centre and Puma coming on board and we are delighted that we now have over 250 venues involved, including major convention centres and hotel chains.
“As Wi-Fi has swiftly become a necessity as opposed to a luxury, the Conference Cloud campaign has grown rapidly and will only continue to gather pace as an increasing number of delegates begin to expect free Wi-Fi from their venue.”
QEII Centre’s Commercial Director Sue Etherington said: “The Queen Elizabeth II Centre offers allour clients free Wi-Fi connection for delegate browsing. The ABPCO’s Conference Cloudis an excellent campaign to champion the importance of making Wi-Fi accessible across the events industry as a whole and we are delighted to be part of it.”
The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) is the only UK professional body to represent the interests of individual Professional Conference Organisers (PCOs). Established in 1981 and formally incorporated in 1987, the association’s mission is to develop and enhance the professional status of conference and event organisers and increase the recognition given to its members as the leading representatives of the profession in the British Isles. ABPCO’s members organise an estimated 3,500 conferences and events annually and spend an estimated £58m each year on venues and suppliers. For more information, visit www.abpco.orgor follow ABPCO on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ABPCO.