Highlighting top destinations for meeting, event and incentive planners.

The Royal Lancaster London Debuts the XR SmartStudio

In a time when hosting an event seems an unlikely possibility, the team at the Royal Lancaster London hotel has introduced a timely piece of equipment to allow businesses and individuals to host a virtual, hybrid or live event in the heart of London. The new XR SmartStudio, in partnership with Smart AV, features a 215-square-foot "Extended Reality" (XR) stage with an LED backdrop and floor, audio, broadcast cameras and TV-ready lighting allowing clients to have both a live audience and virtual attendees.

New in England: Pan Pacific London Touts "Most Technologically Advanced Ballroom" in London

Opening in early 2021, Pan Pacific London hotel is touted as what will be the city’s new landmark tower just across from Liverpool Street Station. A highlight of the property will be the 5,000-square-foot Pacific Ballroom, the hotel’s largest and most flexible event space—and one of the largest hotel ballrooms in the Square Mile.

BMA House Reveals Hybrid and Digital Event Packages

London's BMA House, a conference and events venue, has created a range of hybrid and digital event packages that reflect the ongoing changes in the corporate and association meeting industry. Including options for webcasting, breakouts, speaker-only conferences and exhibitor/sponsor packages, the offering reflects both the challenges presented by COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the future needs of event organizers.

VisitBritain Launches Virtual Business Events Showcase ‘MeetGB Virtual’  

VisitBritain has announced that its flagship annual Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) event MeetGB, will this year be run as a virtual educational event due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, and will take place on June 17 and 23.

London Accelerator Program Extended to Support Tourism And Business Event Startups

Startups in London’s tourism and business event sectors are now being encouraged to apply to the London & Partners’ Business Growth Program.

Launching in late June, the accelerator program's summer cohort will support companies in tourism and business events, creative, urban, life sciences, financial, business services and technology industries, as well as in the impact (purpose-driven) sector as originally planned.

London’s Venues Open Their Virtual Doors to Event Planners

As countries around the world respond to the coronavirus pandemic, London’s events industry has been adapting their business offering to support the fight against coronavirus. While the government takes small steps towards reopening parts of the U.K. economy and the events industry considers the path to recovery, the London Convention Bureau is launching a new resource for event planners: London’s Virtual Site Visits.