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Industry growth forecast

23rd December 2011

Britain for Events reports says that the country’s events industry will grow by £12bm by 2020 from £36.1bn to £48.4bn

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Edinburgh academic venue expands

22nd December 2011

The University of Edinburgh has added a purpose-built conference centre to its array of historic and modern buildings and offers accommodation year-round.

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Warwick venue unveils refurbishment

21st December 2011

The Scarman Centre at Warwick Conferences reopened in October following a £2m renovation including updates to its reception, gallery, restaurant, lounge and bar plus 6 syndicate rooms

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New Abu Dhabi hotel opens

20th December 2011

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers opened its doors on 1st November. The luxury hotel located on the Arabian Gulf in the Ras Al Akhdar area of Abu Dhabi, which is close to the central business district and ministry compounds, is the first Jumeirah property to

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Newcastle hotel due to open

20th December 2011

Hotel Indigo in Newcastle is due to open in March next year offering a 4 star boutique property with 148 bedrooms

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London venue announces refurbishment

19th December 2011

RSA House will undergo a full refurbishment of their event space running from December 2011 to June 2012. The Vaults restaurant, Gerard bar and Library will be unaffected.

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Edinburgh venue refurbishment underway

16th December 2011

The Assembly Rooms fronting on George Street in Edinburgh, when open after renovation next September, will once again make available the splendid Music Hall and ornate ballroom and drawing rooms for meetings, receptions and banquets.

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Barcelona hosts meetings tradeshow

15th December 2011

The 23rd European meeting and events tradeshow (EIBTM) closed in Barcelona with an estimated 15,300 meeting industry professionals in attendance. Total numbers of visitors and buyers at the event, held at the Fira De Barcelona, reached 2,962 up 10.3 per

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York hotel becomes 5*

15th December 2011

Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa has become York’s first 5 star hotel and the only AA 5 star rated hotel in Yorkshire. In addition, The Grill Room at The Grand restaurant has been awarded two prestigious AA Rosettes for the outstanding quality of

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Hotel chain takeover

14th December 2011

Mint hotels are being taken over by Blackstone, the owners of Hilton. This will see the hotels rebranded as follows: • DoubleTree by Hilton London - Tower of London • DoubleTree by Hilton London - Westminster• DoubleTree

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