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CONTENTSJune 2012 . . 3 Contents38 Islands CN goes off the mainland piste to explore some meetings islands in the UK.43 Exploring audience DNA The merits of motivating audiences.45 Out of your IT comfort zone? Sarah O'Donnell asks IT experts why the meetings industry is less than confi dent when choosing the right technology.Features16 Big Interview: Peter Manning American Express Meetings and Events' Manning talks green.20 Olympic fever What's next for the meetings industry once the London 2012 Games leave town?26 Dedicated to excellence Venue consortium CCE gives its VenueVerdict.29 Mixed outlook Extracts from the sixth annual Grass Roots Meetings Industry Report.33 Up the ranks Overview of the newly released 2011 ICCA rankings. 36 Manchester Live Manchester on show in London for its 2012 showcase.48 Conventional wisdom Convention bureaus in Cardiff and Dundee continue the cvb debate.Regulars5 Editor's Note Great opportunities from London 2012.6 News To HB or not HB?; Lib Dems pick Liverpool; Banks Sadler posts record results.14 Livewire What's buzzing in the business: Doctor Who Convention; rooms by the hour and Sherlock Holmes.50 Venue showcase Chelsea Pestana. 57 People Tracking the latest appointments and promotions.58 Business Zibrant acquisition; Libya at QEIICC.61 Have Your Say Whither the UK Venue Show? And more top tweets.63 Gallery More events from the conference camera on tour.66 Breakout Covert teambuilding in London's spy haunts.Contributors53 Richard John Our consultant zooms into a new look for presentations. 54 Rob Davidson Our lecturer talks sleep deprivation and how to cope with it.