Many conference venues in the UK suffer from poor broadband connectivity and slow Wi-Fi connections.
But the government is hoping to change that, with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport launching a new competition to encourage improvements to broadband connectivity at conference centres.
Tourism minister Rebecca Pow launched the competition, which will provide £250,000 of funding to venues around the country to help them improve their internet connections and thereby attract a greater number of international conferences.
Any event venue or conference facility that bids, or plans to bid, for international conferences is eligible to apply for a share of the funding. The venues selected will be able to upgrade their internet connection to full-fibre broadband, providing a much faster connection for visitors.
The hope is that conference organisers will then be able to include more interactive content in their events.
Ms Pow said that the government wants the UK to be in a position to “attract the biggest and best business events”.
“Ensuring our conference facilities can deliver the connectivity and facilities that organisers want and need is crucial to help achieve this and there is a great deal of scope to expand in this area,” she added.
The competition has been welcomed by the country’s Events Industry Board, which said that this kind of investment will help present Britain as a “leading global destination for business events”.
This announcement comes after Boris Johnson announced his plan to speed up the rollout of fibre optic broadband across the whole of the UK.
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