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First for RICC and UKSG

First for RICC and UKSG

Professionalism and attention to detail shown by staff at Torquay's Riviera International Conference Centre has helped to attract another major national event to the resort.

The UK Serials Group (UKSG) has booked a three day conference at the Riviera International Conference Centre for next April bringing over 650 delegates as well as exhibitors to Torbay.

UKSG is an international interest group which brings together publishers, librarians and a range of intermediaries involved in scholarly publishing and 2008 will mark its first ever visit to Torquay in its 30 year history.

The Group's Business Manager, Alison Whitehorn explained the decision to bring its conference to the R.I.C.C. was based on the attractiveness of the resort, the competitive price and the general interest and care shown by the RICC's conference team. In the past, UKSG has held its conferences at various universities throughout the country.

Alison explained: "Although universities are constantly upgrading their facilities there are few that can meet our requirements these days. We have over 650 delegates registered and we have found we have been turning away delegates as well as exhibitors so we had been under pressure to source a new venue for 2008 which would allow us to say "yes" to everyone.

"We have now informed our members about choosing Torquay for the 2008 conference and they have all been very excited."

To promote the change Alison has started to send out novel invitations to delegates, in the form of a stick of rock and the traditional seaside postcard ordered through the Bon Bon sweet shop on Torquay's harbourside.

The Riviera Centre's PR and marketing coordinator Sarah James said: "This is absolutely brilliant news. We are always delighted to welcome new conferences and we are particularly pleased to welcome UKSG. We look forward to them bringing lots of delegates and business to Torquay."

Last month the Riviera International Conference Centre won praise from the Market and Coastal Towns Association which announced it has chosen the RICC for its conference because of the friendliness of the staff and its "green" efforts.

The organisations communications manager Helen Lloyd said: "The Riviera Centre delivered everything we could wish for, an accessible and central location, an impressive array of purpose built facilities, superb cark parking facilities, top quality catering and a highly professional and dedicated team of staff to guide us through the journey of making our event a real success."

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