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Rugby Fever hits London

September 18, 2015

Rugby Fever hits London

The Rugby World Cup 2015 kicks off this week and London is preparing to welcome hundreds of thousands of Rugby fans from the UK and overseas. The capital will play host to 17 of the 48 matches across the capital’s three iconic venues, Wembley Stadium, The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and Twickenham Stadium, with the opening ceremony and first match of the Tournament, and the final match taking place at the world-famous Twickenham Stadium.

With London staging some of the biggest matches of the Tournament, Rugby fans from all over the world are set to converge on the city, with plenty of opportunities to experience rugby fever across the capital. ‘The Pack’, a 6,000 strong team of volunteers, will be on the ground to help visitors make their way to the stadiums from designated transport hubs and provide helpful information on match days.

Tracy Halliwell MBE, Director of Major Events at London & Partners, the official promotional company for the city, said: “London put on a magnificent show for the 2012 Olympic Games, and will do so again for the third biggest sporting event in the world, Rugby World Cup 2015. If you have yet to get tickets for the Tournament, there are still some great matches on sale via or you can enjoy rugby fever at the official Fanzones and the capital’s many hotels, bars, restaurants and attractions that are putting on special packages and offers for the event.”

Visitors will be able to watch the London-based matches at one of the four free Fanzones across the city.

If you want to be part of the cheering crowds, join the celebrations at Wembley Park, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Old Deer Park, Richmond and Trafalgar Square. The Fanzones will be open on match days – some for ticket holders only – and on various days throughout the Tournament.

Wembley Park, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Old Deer Park will be screening live Rugby World Cup 2015 matches and hosting entertainment, rugby activities and food and drinks for fans to enjoy. For more information, visit the official Rugby World Cup website.

Touring the iconic Rugby World Cup 2015 Venues
Find out more about the history of your favourite venues with guided tours of the London stadiums.

Twickenham Stadium, Wembley Stadium and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will all be open for tours during the Tournament and offer a unique opportunity to discover the world-famous stadiums as Rugby World Cup venues.

Twickenham Stadium will run a limited programme of stadium tours during the tournament. The tours will last 45-60 minutes and take in the key areas of the stadium, including the dressing room, players’ tunnel and pitch side. All tours will include a visit to the World Rugby Museum.

Wembley Stadium, the largest stadium in the UK and second largest stadium in Europe, will be hosting tours on selected dates. Discover the stadium like you have never seen it before, by going backstage to delve into 92 years of sporting and musical heritage during a 75 minute guided tour.

Relive the magic of London 2012 and experience the excitement of Rugby World Cup with a tour of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Discover the Stadium, ArcelorMittal Orbit, London Aquatics Centre and Lee Valley VeloPark on foot or by boat and find out about the future of the stadium, which will fully reopen in 2016.

For those who want to get high above the city, the Coca-Cola London Eye will be dressing up in the colours of Rugby World Cup 2015 for the duration of the Tournament, with the capsules wrapped in the flags of the 20 teams. Enjoy wonderful views, 135 meters above the city and discover pictures sent in by fans from around the world inside these special Rugby capsules.

Relax and recharge
After all that sightseeing, visitors can unwind at one of the many London hotels and restaurants offering special packages to celebrate Rugby World Cup 2015.

Relax in one of the executive rooms at K West Hotel & Spa and get ready to support your team with a complimentary bucket of beers. Keep on celebrating the following day with a delicious cooked breakfast and a VIP Westfield Shopping Pass.

During the Tournament, The Goring in Belgravia is partnering with the Dallaglio Foundation, founded by retired rugby star Lawrence Dallaglio. The hotel is donating 10 per cent from each stay to the charity, which seeks to help disadvantaged children through sport. As well as the donation The Goring is also giving guests staying during Rugby World Cup 2015 a signed copy of Lawrence Dallaglio’s autobiography.

For expert commentary, the Sports Bar & Grill at Sheraton Skyline Hotel will be the place to be. The restaurant will be hosting two former international Rugby players, Jason White on September 19 and Phil Vickery on October 10, and guests will be able to ask their questions as well as enjoy the live matches on those evenings.

Those looking for a dramatic backdrop to game nights can head to Searcys The Gherkin, as the private members club is opening its doors to the public on five Saturdays during the tournament for live screenings. Guests will be treated to a luxurious drinks reception and canapés, followed by a three course meal.

Rugby fans in London will also be in for some extra action at the World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge, which will be taking place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park between October 12-16. The event will see the best eight international teams competing at the Copper Box.

For more information on what to do during the Rugby World Cup 2015, visit


November 4, 2013

Destinations use Global Event for the Meetings and Events Industry as a Platform to Boost International Exposure

UK and Ireland have confirmed that they will once again be exhibiting at EIBTM ( this year. The decision for London & Partners, Visit Scotland and Meet in Ireland to attend the show, supports its strategic business objectives which are to extend its global presence and market the UK and Ireland as a key Meetings and Incentives destination to an international audience.

London and Partners ( – Stand B35
Barbara Jamison, London & Partners Head of Business Development Europe, commented, “Exhibiting at EIBTM generates about £25m worth of enquiries for London & Partners and our partners. The city has shown that it can deliver events on an unprecedented scale, and a raft of new venues, accommodation and attractions have been developed.

“By exhibiting at the show, we aim to promote London as a top business tourism destination, with a focus on corporate, incentive and association events. It provides a platform to promote the new marketing messages of London, namely, its diversity, innovation, value and the legacy of London. We are also able to introduce partners to market contacts they do not already have whilst gaining market intelligence and competitor information to formulate our overall market strategy.

“We want buyers and visitors to the show to see London as a destination where they don’t have to fly in, have their event and fly straight out again. There are a multitude of attractions to see and activities to do in the city and these can become great reasons to extend a business trip or form part of a social itinerary. London is where people can tap into key markets and network with business professionals that are experts in their field”.

VisitScotland ( – Stand B60
Amanda Henderson, Meetings and Incentives Marketing Manager, UK & Europe, VisitScotland comments, “Scotland is a destination on the move, offering a globally recognised culture that adds splendour, character and humour to any occasion, and that is supported by a 250-year heritage in hospitality that creates a welcome so deep rooted in the population’s character that its impossible to miss.

“Combine this with a truly breathtaking landscape, a playground of incentive choices – from outdoor pursuits, cultural explorations, geographical delights and world renowned sport – and with an equally enticing contemporary choice of destinations, attractions, hotels and venue’s; Scotland is a country ready-made for the ambitious and demanding event business.”

“2014 is a big year for Scotland, the combination of Homecoming 2014, the arrival of the Commonwealth Games and the return of the Ryder Cup will showcase to the world the many reasons why event organisers choose Scotland. Our world class hospitality, our warm welcome, our abundance of stunning venues, range of accommodation, the most beautiful landscapes in the world, and of course our passion for sport, especially golf, are just some of the many reasons to visit Scotland.”

Meet in Ireland ( – Stand B30
Keith McCormack, Head of Business Tourism and Events, Fáilte Ireland commented,
“Meet in Ireland attends EIBTM each year as the show provides another opportunity to promote Ireland as a MICE destination to international buyers particularly those from our key source markets of US, UK, France and Germany. Our presence at the show gives our Irish trade partners a platform to showcase their business and we pass on as many contacts to our partners as we can.”

“Meeting new buyers who are considering Ireland as an option for their MICE business enables us, as a destination, to convince these buyers that Ireland is the right choice for their group and also gives us an opportunity to introduce new ideas and product to them. Meet in Ireland’s role is to educate buyers on what Ireland has to offer from a MICE perspective and to advise buyers on the best fit for their meeting, conference or incentive programme.”

“EIBTM is an essential event in our annual promotions calendar, it offers a real opportunity for our Irish trade to showcase their products and meet genuine international buyers, it is a win win event for our us as the Tourism Development Authority. The show also provides an opportunity for us to continue to build on our existing relationships with buyers, and also gain knowledge on who our competitors are and what other destinations are doing from a MICE perspective.”

Visit England ( – Stand B50

Simon Gidman, Head of Business Visits and Events at VisitEngland, commented:
“Following a hugely successful Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 and a host of major sporting events on the horizon, including the 2014 British Open, the 2015 Rugby World Cup and the 2017 World Athletics Championships, VisitEngland will be celebrating all things ‘sport’ and showcasing our great event destinations and venues at EIBTM in 2013.”

“As the national tourism organisation for England it is our job to encourage international visitors to our country and given that just over 25% of international spend is by business visitors this is a very important market for us. A recent report suggests that the UK meetings industry is worth an estimated £58 billion to the UK economy and employs over 530,000 people”.

“England is globally recognised as a world leader in meetings and events with a highly skilled and creative industry and after the hugely successful Olympic and Paralympic Games last year, England proved once again that it can host global events at the very highest level. Now we can look forward to hosting more major international events in the years to come whether business, cultural or sporting. England is proud host to the Rugby World in 2015 and getting ready to welcome the World Athletics Championships in 2017″.

“It is also our job to raise awareness of the incredible opportunities for holding business events across the entire length and breadth of our country. Many of our destinations have a proven record of boosting delegate numbers as well as offering excellent facilities and superb value for money. This year at EIBTM VisitEngland has an impressive range of stand partners. These include three of our leading exhibition and convention centres, a number of England’s most exclusive luxury hotels, two of our world class universities, two DMCs and a host of our most successful event destinations. EIBTM provides us with an excellent platform to showcase England as one of the world’s leading destinations for corporate, incentive and association events. Our key messages are around easy access, excellence in key economic sectors – particularly those in the advanced knowledge sectors such as engineering and life sciences – a diverse range of quality venues and our warm English welcome.

“With the arrival of a new heir to the English throne and new developments happening across the country, English tourism has an exciting future to look forward to. At EIBTM we want to give visitors a real taste of what we have to offer!”

EIBTM 2013 will take place from 19th – 21st November, a week earlier than in previous years. The EIBTM Forum will take place the day before the exhibition on 18th November. To find out more about ways to attend, visit

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