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Page 78 • MICEBTN - FEBRUARY 2015 Get involved with the peak body for the Incentive, Conference & Event Society Asia Pacific. Are you in one of the following roles? Corporate end - Customer IntermedIary agenCy supplIer to the Industry Join ICE online at www.icesap.org for Professional Development Programmes Industry Education and Certification Access to current Research Annual Members Conference and Awards for Excellence Programme Networking Events For membership & other enquiries, contact Georga Proctor, Secretariat Manager, email@example.com Sport, history and energy events to top a solid England conference/events year SPORT, history and energy all will have an influence on England’s meetings and incentives industry in 2015, according to Simon Gidman, head of business visits and events for VisitEngland. He said the Rugby World Cup, the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and Bristol’s European Green Capital award top the must-see events and celebrations. Rugby World Cup 2015 will span the country, with games being played in Man- chester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Leeds, Leicester, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Gloucester, Exeter, Brighton and London from18 September to 31 October. VisitEngland says tickets for the big games are like gold dust and make a great incentive for corporates. Sandy Park in Exeter is one of the host stadiums and 2015 will see the venue double its capacity, alongside a substantial expan- sion of its conference and banqueting facilities. Other big sports news this year includes a spectacular new Velodrome in Derby. The newly-opened fifth world- class 250-metre indoor track will feature some of the biggest names in the world of cycling, as well as cater for events. The arena has capacity for 5000 and there is also a suite of multi-purpose rooms – ideal for breakout space or sim- ilar events, meetings and conferences. England’s history and heritage will take centre stage this year with two major milestones, namely the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and – already celebrat- ed - the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s death. There are four surviv- ing copies of Magna Carta and The Brit- ish Library has two of therm. The library is offering the corporate market private tours with curators – and the opportunity to take tours viewing collection items within the library’s vaults. Churchill War Rooms and Blenheim Palace are likely to be popular choic- es among meetings planners. Located underground, Churchill War Rooms can cater for groups of 35 to 120. It’s from here that Churchill directed much of WW11 – and the space is steeped in the atmosphere of a wartime bunker. Churchill War Rooms director Phil Reed is also available for pre-dinner speeches – and can even join delegates for dinner to reveal all about Sir Winston Churchill. In Oxfordshire, Blenheim Palace – Churchill’s birthplace - is recognised as Britain’s greatest palace. A World Her- itage Site, it can be hired for meetings, gala dinners and conferences. The South West city of Bristol has been awarded European Green Cap- ital status this year in recognition of 40 years of pioneering environmental efforts, action and investment in the city. Corporates looking to tick the CSR box can host events at the award-winning sustainability venue ‘At-Bristol’. In the Lake District, meanwhile, the Low Wood Bay Resort hotel and marina plans to introduce a new technology designed to make use of natural energy stored in England’s largest lake. If given the green light, latent heat energy from Windermere will be used to power a new GBP4 million glass-fronted convention and exhibition centre.