Daily Delegate Rates and enquiry levels rise despite Brexit uncertainty

Average Daily Delegate Rates (DDR) rose 3% from January to July, compared to the same period in 2018, according to the latest miaTouchtone report.

While results from the latest miaTouchstone quarterly report show a positive start for many members during the first half of 2019, there are fears of a slowdown as we approach the Brexit deadline of 31 October.

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Connect Agent Day gets venues talking

Our award-winning Connect Agent Day returned last week, as leading event agents and delegates debated the hottest issues currently affecting the sector.

Answering venues' burning questions, there was plenty of key takeaways... 

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miaList Team Awards - Voting opening soon!

Keep your eyes peeled as voting for our prestigious mialIst team award soon goes live. 

The miaList team awards, sponsored by Core Process, are designed to celebrate teams working in the business meetings and events industry who have collectively made a significant impact on their organisations.
Collaboration is key

Competition within a large industry is expected, but there are times when we must put our own needs aside and work together for the greater good.

As our plastics campaign gathers momentum, mia chief executive Jane Longhurst talks to Hospitality & Events North about the power of collaboration and how we are putting it to great effect to help eliminate single-use plastic from the industry.

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Academic Achievement Awards - Nominations open!

The Academic Achievement Awards is back for its third year as we continue to recognise the talent of those about to embark on a career in the sector. 

Nominations are now open for this year's well-acclaimed 'Rising Star' award, with course tutors encouraged to put forward undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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The Plastics Problem: Make the switch - cups

A plastic cup takes around 50-80 years to decompose, according to Conserve Energy Future.

The QEII Centre has saved 104,000 single-use plastic cups being destined for landfill each year and have made great strides as part of its #20PercentLess pledge to eliminate single-use plastics from its business by 2025.

Here's how you can follow in their footsteps
mia chief executive Jane Longhurst reflects on 15 years at the association

Since 2004 Jane has worked with 7 Chairs, 3 Treasurers and somewhere in the region of 100 Board members, together achieving a huge amount for the industry. 

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Upcoming Events //
Woodland Grange
Show-rounds - the new world!
5 September, Woodland Grange

Have you ever had an event enquiry, liaised positively with the prospect and delivered a show-round, only for the lead to go completely?

With competition higher than ever, the role of the show-round is central to a venue's success, so its execution is essential when looking to secure that all-important booking.

As the standards and principles of the show-round continue to evolve, join events expert James Lee on Thursday 5 September for a full-day interactive show-round full of inspiring practicalities and methods to effortlessly enhance conversion rates.  

Social Selling Masterclass
13 October, London

Can you imagine reaching 164 million people through LinkedIn posts in just one year, and getting ranked in the top 15 most influential sales experts in the world on the business social network? Daniel Disney can.

With a LinkedIn audience of over 400,000+ followers, content reaching millions and over £25m in sales generated from LinkedIn over the last six years, there are few people better qualified to consult on social selling than Daniel.

If low marketing budgets and high sales targets is a familiar concept to you, join us and to learn how to utilise social media to maximise the success of your business.

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Partnerships //

Is your business really ready for mobile working?

Work used to be somewhere we went, rather than something we did – but no longer. More than half of the workforce was ‘mobile’ in 2017, with the rise of hot-desking, co-working environments and smart workplaces which are technologically enabled to help us perform productively while on the move.

We might not all be digital nomads, but we need to be productive on the move and portable technology can play a key role, which is where our partners Epson UK can help. 

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The Meetings Show is back on 24-25 June 2020

Exhibit at The Meetings Show and put your company in front of thousands of key MICE buyers, 78% of whom attend in order to source new suppliers for their upcoming events.

With buyers originating from a variety of sectors, including corporate meeting and association planners, venue finders and event management agencies, the show delivers hundreds of pre-qualified buyers to take part in over 12,000 pre-scheduled appointments.

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Career Centre //
Latest job listings:
  • Venue Sales Manager
    BMA House, London
  • Conference & Events Manager
    Pavilions of Harrogate, Harrogate
  • Sales and Events Coordinator
    London, Mary Ward House
  • Conference Team Manager
    Accor, London
  • Event Planner
    Whittlebury, Northamptonshire
To apply, search or submit an opening, please login to the members portal and click here.
Member News //
Have news to share? Members can send their latest news to news@mia-uk.org to feature on our website, social media channels and newsletter. 
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Extend your reach
We offer members a number of opportunities to advertise their business to buyers and bookers. Members are encouraged to take full advantage of the opportunities available.

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