ExCeL London has reported a record first quarter, with enquiries from all corners of the globe up 32 per cent and 50 per cent more business projected from North America, compared to 2016.
The venue cites innovation and a commitment to investment as key reasons for the successful start to 2017, predicting its busiest ever year for conferences and events.
This quarter also saw the launch of ExCeL Venue Services (EVS), designed to provide a one-stop-shop for event planners to order all additional services via one central team.
The venue has also completed a multi-million pound project to revolutionise catering across the board, for both delegates and crew. Visitors can now choose from 27 high-end eateries, including collaborations with UK celebrity chefs.
James Rees, executive director, ExCeL London, explained: “Venue catering is no longer about feeding the masses. Meeting planners want to be able to offer a unique, often high-end experience, on a large scale, which fits with their brand.
“Across the board clients are demanding different ideas, from using nutritious, locally sourced produce to street food and immersive catering concepts, delving into the minute detail of the catering experience for their attendees.”