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2012February 2012 . www.conference-news.co.uk . 19 LIVEWIREOnline smartphone applications (apps) directory, Meetingapps.com, has released its list of the top 10 'must-have' free iPhone and iPad apps of 2011 for meetings organisers and delegates. The website says organisers are continuously searching for ways their attendees can become more effi cient.The top 10 in reverse order are: Conference CO2 Calculator, ITranslate, LucyPhone, Skyscanner, ILeads, CardMunch, Dropbox, TripDeck, Evernote and in first place is Skype."Mobile meeting apps have proven to be effective tools in increasing productivity and providing greater mobility. "With over 500,000 iPhone/iPad apps available, MeetingApps.com simplifies the selection process," the website says.Since the launch of MeetingApps.com in August 2010 the portal is now used by meeting and event professionals in over 143 countries.Top 10 free meeting apps Flying the Union Jack from hotels, restaurants and attractions could help boost Ireland's troubled tourist trade, according to a new report.The recommendation is one of the proposals in the report which suggests that Ireland, and Dublin in particular, should be more welcoming to British tourists.As well as stating that local tour guides "do not accommodate British sensibilities", the document suggests that the absence of the Union Jack anywhere in Dublin - even though numerous hotels and businesses fl y international fl ags - "may arouse in British visitors an emotion stronger than surprise".The report was commissioned by the Dublin City Business Association and called Rejuvenating Dublin's Tourism Product and said Ireland's share of world tourism visitors had fallen since 2000.Union Jack to save Ireland's tourism?London's Living Room, the venue space on the top fl oor of City Hall in the capital is out of bounds for political meetings, at least in the run up to the London Mayoral elections.The London Evening Standard newspaper claimed an attempt by Ken Livingstone and his Labour Party team to hire the venue "to stage a stunt to highlight the hike in public transport costs" at New Year had been knocked back on political grounds.An email from a representative of the Greater London Authority, reportedly, said: "The Mayor has decided that it would be inappropriate to allow the booking to go ahead in light of its timing."The London Evening Standard claimed Labour had told City Hall it intended to hold a party meeting with high-profi le speakers, including shadow Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell. The venue hire price was reportedly provisionally agreed at £2,717 before City Hall got cold feet.A spokesperson for Livingstone reportedly said: "Boris Johnson's decision to ban Labour is another example of a Tory Mayor who is on the run and out of touch".Playing politics at City HallFootball pulls in the punters new etc.venues conference and meeting venue to open in St Paul's, LondonInsolvencies in the hospitality and leisure sector in fourth quarter of 2011. PWCminute new train link (HS2) between London and NEC Birmingham given the go aheadboost to the economy from a business conference on the eve of the London Olympics 2012new members announced for the Unique Venues of London collectionvalue of acquisition of Starcite by Active Network raised by The Point Conference Centre for Macmillan Cancer SupportPortland place has received ISO14001 accreditation

20 . www.conference-news.co.uk . February 2012February INTERNATIONAL CONFEX Following the 2011 event, the team has been in constant contact with the International Confex Steering Group, refl ecting on their feedback along the way, and as a result we're now on the pulse of what the industry wants, and are delighted to share this with you.Ensuring that all International Confex visitors are given the opportunity to get the most out of this event and achieve signifi cant return on investment, we have implemented a new tiered approach to hosted buying using Confex Connect, our new online networking portal. With the aim of maximising the time buyers and exhibitors spend with each other and bringing a number of meaningful, pre­scheduled meetings to the event, we've invited buyers to connect with more than 750 suppliers by uploading their requirements in advance of the event and selecting exhibitors they wish to meet.We have also lined up a comprehensive conference programme for the 2012 event. The Association Day programme supported by ICCA will see keynote sessions from Lucian Tarnowski, named Europe's youngest Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum and former UK Cabinet Minister Lord Tom King. For the fi rst time, International Confex will see the launch of the Virtual and Hybrid Event Conference which will look at the development of virtual and hybrid events for the events industry.In addition we have an enhanced PA Day programme, with beauty specialist Jo Malone as keynote and delivered in association with Castalia Coaching and Training; a newly created Awards programme developed specifi cally for awards organisers; a dedicated Student Day led by Eventia Vice­Chair, Simon Hughes, for fi nal year event management students, and the Local Authority Confex ready to Excel? UBM Confex Portfolio Director, Jonny Sullens lifts the curtain on what we can expect to see as International Confex prepares to take to the Excel London stage, 6­8 Marchers Whatever your event, a large international conference or an off-site board meeting, Liverpool has the range of flexibleworld class venues to suit your every need. From the multi-award winning ACCLiverpool to the classic conferenceresort of Southport, the City Region's diverse and inspiring offer is sure to satisfy even the most demanding clients.With two international airports on the doorstep and only a 2 hour train journey from central London, travelling to thisUNESCO World Heritage City is stress free too. And remember, Liverpool Convention Bureau is on hand to help withyour arrangements from venue finding to accommodation booking. With our incomparable cultural heritage, fabuloushotels and legendary nightlife, you can be sure your delegates will have a memorable conference experience.For events that get talked about for all the right reasons visit: www.LiverpoolConventionBureau.comFor conference organiser22891 Convention Bureau ads:Conf News Lipool Convention Bureau 19/9/11 09:56 Page 1