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NEWS8 . www.conference-news.co.uk . June 2012June Hydro's roof section lifted into place The central roof section of The Hydro, the 12,000-capacity entertainment arena being built in Glasgow, has been lifted into place. The fi xing in place of the 48-metre diameter central section took fi ve-days to complete.Executive General Manager, Gordon Anderson, said the operation was the "most complex feat of engineering in Scotland this year", and a key move in the construction by Land Lease of The Hydro, which sits adjacent to the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC). Leeds Met scoops MPI Young Achievers awardA team from Leeds Metropolitan University has been crowned the winner of the MPI UK and Ireland Chapter 2012 Young Achievers Award. Hosted at the Barbican and supported by the Switzerland Convention and Incentive Bureau (SCIB), the annual competition was attended by around 100 meeting industry professionals. Eco-meetings at CrowneEco-conscious event organisers can now offset the carbon footprint of delegate travel with a new green conferencing package from the Crowne Plaza Resort Colchester - Five Lakes.Organisers who wish to take part in the scheme will have their carbon footprint individually calculated and deducted from the total cost. The money will go towards UK and Kenyan tree-planting projects. The four-star resort will also plant a new tree on its golf course for every event contract over £5,000. Situated in 320 acres in Essex, the Crowne Plaza Resort offers 18 meeting rooms for up to 4,000 delegates. Exhibitors at this year's Academic Venue Show have reported a "good event, with a large number of enquiries". The Venuemasters' show, which took place at the Emirates Stadium in London, 16 May, saw 50 academic venues from across the UK exhibit. It also attracted 375 visitors, up 15 per cent on 2011. Speaking to CN at the show, Well Met Conferencing's Business Development Manager, Kate Davis, said: "This year's event was particularly successful for us as exhibitors. There was a large footfall of visitor traffi c to our stand and we have had some positive enquiries."Janet Street-Porter was a guest speaker at the event, which also offered free workshops on negotiating skills.Academic venues have become a fast growing sector in the meetings market and over 30 venues now provide year round meeting and accommodation facilities.Academic Venue Show 15% upBournemouth has launched a direct attack against its conference competitors, with a new voice of business tourism in the seaside town. Key business tourism partners have come together under one banner, Conference Coast, which will be the new conference identity representing the town. The idea is for the Conference Coast identity to provide a joined up working relationship between Bournemouth Tourism Management Board, Bournemouth Area Hotel Association, Bournemouth Conference and Convention Group, Bournemouth International Centre, Coastal Bid and Meet Bournemouth. "Conference Coast will unite Bournemouth's facilities to attract business tourism, improve our business tourism offer and put the town back onto the conference map," Bournemouth International Centre's (BIC) Steve Piper tells CN. The Conference Coast initiative will also be supported by an affi liate scheme, with affi liates promoting the destination and all that is available within it. The destination is currently recruiting 10 affi liates."Economic targets have been diffi cult to maintain," adds Piper. "We need a solid network of allies to help our town. It is all about getting business visitors here."Bournemouth's Conference CoastThe Eastbourne Conference Bureau has won its bid for two conferences over the next four years, which will bring 1,100 delegates to Eastbourne's Devonshire Park Centre. The wins are expected to generate an economic impact of £1m for the local Eastbourne economy. The Royal British Legion is returning with 800 delegates for a three-day conference in 2016. The conference was last there in 2009. The British Mass Spectrometry Society will be visiting the town for the fi rst time in 2013, bringing a further 300 delegates for two days. Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism and Leisure Cllr Neil Stanley said: "We want our town to become recognised as a premier business destination."£1m economic boost for Eastbourne