London is preparing for another new opening year in 2023, making it an attractive destination for events, conferences and motivational planners.
From a range of exciting hotels to new venues and sustainable options, the UK capital is gearing up for an exciting year.
The London Convention Bureau will be exhibiting at IMEX Frankfurt 2023 alongside 24 of the city’s top hotels, venues, DMCs and services. This year will also see London’s Deputy Mayor for Business, Rajesh Agrawal, join the London delegation. He will be engaging with event organizers and highlighting the importance of business tourism to London’s economy, as well as speaking at the 2023 Policy Forum.
What’s new is the opening of the hotel
London has many new events and areas that are growing, such as Battersea Power Station, which reopened with a complete transformation in October 2022. In addition to the unusual F & B and commercial offers inside the Power Station, the new development brings a brand. -new event spaces and luxury hotels including art’otel.
2023 and beyond will see the opening of long-awaited international hotels, including the first model of The Peninsula London and Raffles in the UK opening at OWO, on the royal site of Whitehall Palace.
Home to the 2012 Summer Olympics, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London is launching its new East Bank cultural district, which will be home to world-renowned universities such as UAL, plus the V&A, the BBC and Sadler’s Wells. The area is also home to the ABBA Arena, a custom-built venue that hosts flexible concerts.
Increase the amount of space
In addition to new hotel and venue openings, iconic London venues such as ExCeL London are currently undergoing major changes to expand. ExCeL is in the final stages of a £200 million, 25,000sqm expansion programme, which is expected to open in October 2024.
Next year will also see the redevelopment of Olympia London, as it undergoes a £1bn project set to become the world’s newest arts, culture and entertainment district with 4,400 venues for music and 1,575 theatres.
London is the most connected city in Europe, with six international airports and an increasing number of low- and medium-distance routes. Its transport options will also be expanded this year with the opening of new routes.
Eurostar connects London to Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris, and the new connection with Thalys now offers great connections to European cities. The new European Sleeper service will also be launched from 25 May 2023, taking visitors from Berlin to Brussels, with a quick transfer to the necessary Eurostar before arriving in London.
Within the city, the high-speed Elizabeth line has recently revolutionized the visitor experience, connecting Heathrow airport with central London in just 30 minutes, with several destinations including ExCeL London on the line. The new train, which reported more than 125 million journeys in its first ten months, is also due to connect passengers from Essex and east London to Heathrow from 21 May 2023.
Many default options
The Mayor of London has set ambitious targets for London to reach net zero carbon by 2030 and a zero-waste city by 2050. London’s tourism industry has a major role to play in achieving these goals and already has 59 hotels and resorts with Green Tourism Accreditation. . This June the city will also host London Climate Action Week, with over 40,000 attendees.
With innovative carbon neutral venues such as Oceandiva arriving in London in 2023, and world-renowned venues such as ExCeL London becoming the first venue in the UK to obtain carbon certificates in 2022, London offers many sustainable options for event organisers.
Tracy Halliwell MBE, Director of Tourism, Conventions & Major Events at the London Convention Bureau, said: “London is a city that is constantly changing and offering something new in addition to preserving its heritage and history that visitors know and love. The improvement of our city’s infrastructure has not only made travel in and around London easier but has also provided a more sustainable means of transport for delegates. We are excited about the number of great hotels and venues opening over the next 12 months and these developments provide further evidence that London is still the world’s best place to host your meeting or event.
James Rees, Executive Director at ExCeL Londonsaid: “2023 is shaping up to be our busiest year yet – not only in London’s event space, but it’s doing better than ever with visitor numbers up 10% on 2019. As we look to the future, ExCeL’s growth and increased connectivity options will The new Elizabeth means we can have more delegates and therefore more interesting and changing events in London.”
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