HOLLAND ROAD A3220W CROMWELL RDTALGARTH RD A4 A402A219SHEPHERDS BUSH RD A219KENSINGTON HIGH STHAMMERSMITH RDEARLS COURT RDGLIDDON RDBLYTHE RDOLYMPIA WAYSINCLAIR GDNSSINCLAIR RDWARWICK RDA3220Barons CourtEarl's CourtHigh Street KensingtonWestKensingtonWestBromptonKensington(Olympia)HammersmithShepherd'sBushOVERGROUNDCENTRALOVERGROUNDOVERGROUNDDISTRICTPICCADILLYDISTRICTPICCADILLYDISTRICTPICCADILLYDISTRICTCIRCLEDISTRICTDISTRICTCIRCLEHAMMERSMITH& CITYPaddingtonMaryleboneKings Cross(District, Hammersmith & City and Circle Lines)(Bakerloo Line)(Piccadilly, Hammersmith & City and Circle Lines)Liverpool Street(Central, Hammersmith & City and Circle Lines)Clapham Junction(Overground Line)1 hour 6 minutes (Marylebone)25 minutes (Kings Cross)Luton Airport1 hour 20 minutes (Marylebone)45 minutes (Liverpool Street)Stansted Airport47 minutesLondon City Airport54 minutes (Clapham Junction)29 minutes (Clapham Junction)Gatwick Airport35 minutes (Hammersmith)46 minutes16 minutes (Paddington)Heathrow AirportWalking routesBus routesOlympia. Connected.Up to ten trains an hour stop at Kensington (Olympia) and the venue is within easy reach of seven underground stations and fi ve airports. Visit eco.co.uk/travel to fi nd out more.
Industry backs Hs2 but calls for moreThe high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham has been given the thumbs-up from the Government but is not scheduled for completion until 2026. The High Speed 2 (HS2) link will be followed by a second phase extending the line to Manchester and Leeds by 2033. The complete cost of the two-phase project is estimated at £32bn. ACC Liverpool's CEO Bob Prattey welcomed the news but called for the Government to bring completion forward."Since opening in 2008, ACC Liverpool has generated £500m in economic benefit to the Liverpool City Region, but our transport network is a vital component to attracting new events to our venue and the feedback we continually receive is the perception of our distance from London," Prattey suppliers get tech-savvynews10 www.exhibitionnews.co.ukThe UK's two largest exhibition suppliers have launched new technology offerings into the market. Melville Exhibition and Event Services has launched a cross-platform smartphone and tablet application (app) for events and exhibitions. The company claims the app is based upon a "tried and tested model" that has been used at a number of large events in North America. "The app includes an interactive map of exhibitors and content schedules, real-time show alerts and uploading of marketing material for exhibitors and Emap's first app emap Connect is launching its first mobile app for this year's spring Fair International. The app has been developed in conjunction with GenieMobile and is being sponsored by The Cloud, a BskyB company. The Cloud is also sponsoring free wi-Fi access in several areas throughout the trade show. The app will be rolled out to several emap exhibitions including Pure London and Broadcast and Video expo and is part of the organiser's wider digital strategy. Core features include an event schedule, personalised agenda, floorplan maps and social networking tools. "This is one in a series of new initiatives representing a new digital journey for our exhibition brands," digital product management MD Juliet Bauer said.UBm cUts intEriors UaEUBM's Built environment division has cancelled the Abu Dhabi-based edition of its Interiors exhibition, citing insufficient industry support. Interiors UAe has been running for four years and was last held at ADneC in Abu Dhabi in May 2011. The show focuses on interior design, furniture and lifestyle sectors. UK-based Interiors UAe brand director Tony Crinion said the decision to cancel was disappointing. The UK version of Interiors runs annually at The neC in Birmingham. This year's show was rebranded and given a facelift including a new contractors exhibitor section.nEw innovation at ioExevent organisers will be able to watch pitches for outdoor event innovations at UBM's new International Outdoor event expo (IOeX) at excel London. The event runs on 6-8 March alongside International Confex and will highlight products and services in a 15-minute showcase platform. "From the research we did with focus groups, innovations were something that everyone was keen to hear about so we have developed this show feature to present them all in one place, making it time-effective for organisers," said IOeX sales director Mark Gordon. "we will be putting together a programme of entries to run across the three days so visitors can attend multiple sessions and see the latest innovations." The concepts must be unpatented or within six months of their launch date. a host of other features," Melville chief information officer Glenn Batty said. "Because our app is based upon an existing model, we are benefiting from the technology and market knowledge that has seen the app successfully deployed in the US. "The app has already generated interest from organisers who recognise that it offers tremendous synergies when combined with Melville's registration and lead capture services." The app is available to organisers as part of an integrated service package or on a standalone basis. SO Group has also launched new software to allow organisers to access real-time statistics on various elements of their exhibition. The VisitIntelligence offering premiered at the BETT Show in January at Olympia. "VisitIntelligence has been designed with the organiser in mind," SO Visit MD Jamie Vaughan said. "The information we're providing includes lead volumes, demographic breakdowns and hot spots of activity. In real time, this enables the organiser to understand the dynamics of their event and even make judgments during the show to improve things like signage and lighting to aid the flow of visitors." Tarsus has halved its net debt in a year of growth in the Us and emerging markets and business divestment in northern europe.The group expects to announce final results for the year ended 31 December 2011 in early March.However it has already revealed like-for-like organic revenue growth at the B2B exhibition organiser increased by eight per cent. excluding France, the group's organic revenue growth was 13 per cent. The company expects adjusted pre-tax profits for the year to 31 December 2011 to be in line with expectations, with net debt to be £14m, half that recorded at the start of 2011. Tarsus Group MD Douglas emslie was encouraged by its medical business and Off-Price events in the Us, as well as Labelexpo Americas. However, he said Tarsus "remains vigilant given the second half weighting of our profits and ongoing macro uncertainty in europe". "The year ended well, resulting in record revenue and profitability," said emslie. some debt reduction can be attributed to the divestment of businesses in europe and sale of an small online subsidiary.tarsUs rEdUcEs dEBt lEvEls with growthsaid. He pointed out competing venues in France, Germany and Spain all benefitted from high-speed rail link connectivity.Transport secretary Justine Greening is backing the 100-mile link and first phase of HS2, which would cut the journey time from London to The NEC in Birmingham to 50 minutes. The NEC's MD Kathryn James said HS2 was of great significance not only to the venue's business, but also the West Midlands and the UK's future economy. "The NEC site alone, which is also home to the LG Arena as well as the National Exhibition Centre, attracts more than three million visitors each year, 70 per cent of which are from outside the West Midlands, and 10 per cent outside the UK," she continued. "We create 25,000 jobs and generate £1.8bn economic impact. So with time being one of the most precious commodities, if it's easier and faster to get to us, then this is a great advantage - attracting even more visitors from a broader market and greatly benefiting the wider regional economy."Legal action by opponents and environmentalists, who fear the schemes will come at a high cost to the countryside between London and Birmingham, is expected to delay the scheme. Pictured: The new-look Euston Station, where the HS2 will depart from