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SpecificationsCurtain Rails & Zingo Sultan342100mm (max)600mm1000mm150mm1219mmAdjustable up to711mm c/c700mm (max) - longer to order762mm838mm CRUCRSProjection:CRHZSW100/60Overall height: 1000Width over flange: 600Projection: 150ACADEMIC VENUESwww.conference-news.co.uk . April 2012 . 3enuemasters has been promoting the meeting and accommodation facilities at UK academic venues for over 30 years. In addition to raising awareness of the facilities available, the team offers a free venue fi nding service and arranges an annual one-day exhibition, The Academic Venue Show, which takes place next month, 16 May 2012, at The Emirates Stadium. Since April 2011, the membership consortium, has welcomed 10 new venues, taking the total to 91. New venues include Robinson College in Cambridge, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in London, and Dartington Hall near Totnes in Devon. Over 30 academic venues offer year round meeting and accommodation facilities, many of which can be seen on the Venuemasters website: www.fi rstclassvenuesuk.comTerry Billingham (pictured far right), Venuemasters Chief Executive, reports a fi ve per cent increase in enquiries from meeting organisers since April 2011, despite what he describes as "challenging" conditions. "We have seen a particularly strong start to 2012 with a 32 per cent increase in enquiries during January, compared with the same period one year ago," he adds. "Not-for-profi t organisations, venue fi nding agencies and corporates continue to make the most enquiries with us." Of possible reasons for the continued success of academic venues, Billingham lists "competitive rates, supported by great facilities and service". He says these kinds of venues are also continually investing in the development and building of new facilities for external business users. Income from events departments goes back into funding teaching and research at the academic institutions which also makes them popular with some. "The venues' efforts in the business and leisure tourism market are being increasingly recognised in the form of industry awards," Billingham adds.Sian Fraser from York Conferences will again be exhibiting at The Emirates in May and reports converting over £300,000 worth of business from the contacts her team met in 2011. "This year we have lots to shout about in terms of a brand new campus and sports facilities, so we expect to be just as busy."Janet Street Porter will deliver a presentation this year, and new for 2012 is an appointments booking system and a free interactive workshop to help visitors improve their negotiation skills. VenuemastersVenuemasters CEO Terry Billingham and his team report rising enquiries for a growing sector of the meetings market V