Meetings No 01
This is no ordinary meeting magazine.
Cover Story
Johan Johansson
encourages us to challenge our thought patterns.
Psychological Meetings
Meeting People
Gordon slowly opens the door just a little bit.
Ecological Breakfast
A great success.
Richard Gatarski
Gatarski Questions the Myth of Total Presence
Please turn on your mobile phones!
Shari Swan
Swan on New Ways of Working
and an ever present focus on the street.
Take a Break with Cottam
Excerpts from Mothers Pearls: 27 short autobiographical chapters of aha moments of realization.
Business Meetings Management
A five part masters programme.
Jonas Bodin
Meeting With Meaning
CSR in practice
Jan Rollof
On Creativity
and its impact on meetings.
Mind Check
The Significance of Colours
Tomas Dalström picks the brain of Karl Rydberg.
Business Intelligence
Four Years Before the London Olympics
What's on, Barbara Jamison, at visit London?
Per Hörberg
Hidden Agendas
Affecting meetings everywhere.
Meeting Architecture
Dr Elling Hamso an the most significant book ever.
Spread the Message
Nature's Ten Best Tips
To suddenly become green in your meeting concept is not as easy as it sounds.
Meetings Industry Research
Lund University conducts research into the meetings industry.
A way of communicating.
Roger Kellerman
A Buyers' and Meetings Planners' Magazine
Why Meetings International goes international.
New knowledge
Brain research
shows added value live events.
BTM World 2020
transitions to virtual.
post-pandemic momentum
Dubai Tourism forms Business Events Stakeholders committee,
host first meeting as industry resumes activity.
hotel news
Scandic expects
occupancy of 30-35 percent for September.
Covid developer
Scandic Hotels
launches the largest network of coworking spaces in the Nordic countries.
planned for 16-17 Sep
Update on GIAF
- New dates set for 5-6 November 2020.
Sands Expo and Convention Centre
is now a carbon neutral venue.
positive impact
The Hague webinar
celebrates partnerships and first anniversary of Ottawa MOU.
expanding network
ICCA Partners up
with Geneva International Associations Forum (GIAF).
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What's on, Barbara Jamison, at Visit London …

… four years before the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympic Games get underway?

“Although I have been working in the UK Destination Management and Events industry for a number of years my passion and love for my “home” City never diminishes,” says Barbara Jamison, director of Business Tourism at the Visit London organisation, which is now entering an exciting phase.

How does an organisation like yours tackle such a large event and how can you utilise it to increase business tourism?

“Like any organisation you can’t do everything alone, working in partnership is the key to success. Visit London is the official tourism agency for the City of London part funded by the Mayor’s office/London Development Agency. The rest of our funding comes from the private sector, our one thousand partners and major stakeholders, (sic!). We have to be truly focused and have a vision and strategic objectives. Our vision is to be a world-class organisation recognised for innovation and effectiveness, which delivers sustained and sustainable economic benefit to London. Our Events for London team also has a clearly defined vision. To be the world’s most exciting major events destination, a destination that creates, develops and attracts world-class major events for the benefit of London’s residents, businesses and visitors.”

What are your strategic objectives?

“To develop London as a competitive and dynamic brand. To increase innovative access to information on London, in particular via digital technology. To improve a Business and Convention Bureau offering and Events for London Function. To maximise the economic and cultural benefits of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to the tourism industry the city as a whole.”

What is Visit London?

“Part of an Events for London Steering Group led by the Mayor of London, working with the LDA, Metropolitan Police, London 2012, the emergency services and Transport for London. We have identified and are bidding for major events from now until 2012. Most recent success includes the 2007 and 2008 NFL at Wembley Stadium with incremental economic benefit of 20 million plus media benefit for the last game, and Twenty20 World Cup Cricket watched by a world audience of 400 million.”

How will the London Olympics be different?

“We will create a completely green event and provide city wide celebrations linked to cultural events and celebrations. There will be easy access to the stadiums and 43 countries will compete, each with a home crowd of their own nationality living in London. Hotels will open in the next few years with a total of 10,120 bedrooms, including the Plaza Westminster Bridge in 2010 with 930 rooms and conference facilities for 1,000. The Olympics will be easily accessible from most European countries with five international airports and two Eurostar train destinations. Legacy for Londoners largest European park will be created.”

How does the financial crisis affect things?

“In these worrying economic times London is an ideal destination as it’s open for business. Delegates do not need to have expensive events organised for them throughout their stay. No matter where they are they can walk out of their hotel or conference venue and have 20 different activities on their doorstep for all individual tastes and budgets. All our museums and galleries are free. 30 percent of the city is green with fabulous parks/riverside and canal walks. There are 4,000 restaurants and bars and countless theatres and music venues. Visit London operates a free event enquiry service and can match venues to client events. Nearly every venue in city can be used in some way and for all budgets.”

“London’s countryside and the Thames Valley 20 minutes from Heathrow is packed with beautiful Manor Houses/Spa Hotels, Championship Golf Courses where you can learn how to play polo, visit film locations, make your own film at Pinewood Studios, place a bet at Ascot, or even sponsor a greyhound at Wimbledon. We can fit a programme to your budget, tailor it to the client’s brief and make sure it is a resounding success and, above all, fun,” says Barbara Jamison.