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ICCA debate looks at industry disruptors

Annual debate to hear from BBC presenter David Eades, who will discuss challenges like security and Zika virus

Pictured: Manchester Central, which will host this year's ICCA UK & Ireland Annual Debate on 9-10 March

BBC World News journalist and presenter David Eades will help lead the ICCA UK and Ireland Chapter's annual debate on industry disruptors and adapting to change.

Eades will explore the impact of disruptors from his role as a frontline correspondent in sports news and European affairs, including security challenges at London Olympics and the Zika virus in Brazil.

Also being discussed during the two-day event will be catering trends post-Brexit, with Julie Coates Walker of Levy Restaurants, and key findings from the recent British Meetings and Events Industry Survey (BMEIS) with Sally Greenhill of The Right Solution.

Tracy Halliwell of London & Partners will discuss the award-winning #LondonIsOpen campaign on day two and there will be a quick-fire 'ask the experts' session covering a range of topics.

The 2017 Annual Debate takes place on 9-10 March at Manchester Central and includes an evening reception and dinner.

Lesley Williams, ICCA UK and Ireland Chapter chair and head of business tourism of Marketing Edinburgh, said: "We have witnessed significant changes in the last 12 months, both politically and economically, and we felt it was an important time to embrace these challenges. Our theme this year is all about looking at new disruptors and how we can adapt to meet changing demands and new market models rather than stand still.

"We are delighted with the programme for this year’s event and are looking forward to some great content and interaction with our members. Manchester is a great location for our members from across the UK and Ireland and we are delighted to have the support of both Manchester Central and Marketing Manchester to host this key event in our association calendar."

More information on the debate and to register visit

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