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ICCA UK & Ireland members upbeat about political challenges

Venue and destination members of the ICCA UK & Ireland chapter have voiced positive attitudes and commitment to the challenges of Brexit and ongoing political uncertainty in the UK.

Members were stridently confident and upbeat about the political challenges currently facing the industry during the annual half year ICCA chapter meeting at IMEX Frankfurt.

Following an upbeat introduction from Chapter chair Diane Waldron of the QEII Centre, members took to the stage to discuss recent wins, positive stories and future plans to ensure international associations continue to come to the UK & Ireland despite Brexit negotiations, leadership challenges to the prime minister and the potential for a general election.

Diane Waldron, ICCA UK & Ireland chapter chair said: “It was inspiring to see the lengths our members are going to in their quest to ensure we remain a global leader when it comes to the delivery of international associations. We heard examples of creative promotion and marketing activity, identification of up-selling opportunities, a focus on legacy, unwavering development of key relationships and in depth use of the ICCA database.

“Most important though was the confidence shown by all our members in their response to a tough political climate. UK & Ireland members’ strident voices are demonstrating why we are a world leading destination and deserve our ongoing place amongst the leaders in the ICCA rankings.”

Members sharing their positive stories included:

• Jackie Boughton, Barbican Centre
• Samantha Shamkh, ExCeL London
• Jonny Martinez, ShockLogic
• Donna Cunningham, ICC Birmingham
• Caroline Phelan, VisitBritain

IMEX Frankfurt takes place at the Frankfurt Messe from Tuesday 21 May to Thursday 23 May, with as many as 3,500 exhibitors from 160-plus countries expected to attend.

Diane Waldron, director of sales and marketing at the QEII Centre, took over as chair of the UK &
Ireland chapter of ICCA at the beginning of the year. She took over from Lesley Williams of Caeliam, who stepped down to focus on her growing consultancy business.