The British Association of Conference Towns has renamed itself the British Association of Conference Destinations (BACD).

Actors Graham Pountney and Tim Vaughan-Hughes are to stage four Sony-equipped workshops, teaching attendees how to avoid the potential pitfalls of video-conferences. These are said to be the country’s first interactive workshops dedicated exclusively to video-conferencing performance skills. The surgeries are on October 30 and 31 at the Kensington Park Hotel, London.

The world’s games pioneers are heading for London to attend Develop! 96, Europe’s main conference for the interactive entertainment development sector. The conference will take place at the Novotel Hammersmith on October 26 and 27 and the keynote address will be delivered by Nolan Bushnell, the founding father of the video games industry.

The Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre (below) is expanding its facilities. The addition of an auditorium to seat up to 1,000 people, together with a mix of break-out rooms to accommodate 1,000, an extra 3,000 sq m of exhibition space and separate banquet facilities for a further 1,000 will broaden the flexibility of the centre. The A$57m (28.8m) expansion is designed to cope with the city’s conference and exhibition business requirements in the build up to the 2000 Olympics and beyond.

IML has launched a range of off-the-shelf interactive quiz game modules, enabling event organisers and producers to increase audience participation and motivation. The games are designed to deliver business messages in a memorable way or to test product and company knowledge. Many of the IML quiz modules are based on well-known board games or TV shows.

The Conference & Banqueting Centre at Church House in London is to terminate its contract with Westminster Sound, to create its own in-house team of audio-visual specialists, following a management and financial review.

The 20th Online Information Show, the industry event for electronic media, will take place from December 3 to 5 at Olympia 2, London.

Earls Court Olympia’s exhibition halls has restructured its management. Karen Davies will become director with overall responsibility for events at Earls Court and Robin Hope will be director with responsibility for events at Olympia. This follows the resignation of Doug Littlejohns, halls managing director and deputy chairman of Beeton Rumford.

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