This is the view from the Executive Lounge of the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, which is the host hotel for a press trip that Visit London has organized around the opening ceremony for London ExCeL’s new International Convention Centre (ICC). (Apologies for the photo quality, but it’s not too bad considering I snapped it using the Photo Booth app on my MacBook Pro laptop.) If you’ve got to get some work done on a beautiful summer day in a gorgeous European capital, this isn’t a bad place to do it.
The ICC event is tomorrow, and the neat thing about it is that ExCeL has organized something that’s much more than a photo opportunity. In fact, it’s a day-long meeting, with a forum on how cities can attract business opportunities, a media briefing by London Mayor Boris Johnson, a keynote presentation, networking, and more. Makes sense, because what better way to show off a new conference center than by hosting an actual conference?