Experience UK DIT Blog - August

Experience UK DIT Blog - August

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As the dog days of August draw to a close, thoughts turn to a busy autumn season – starting with the always terrific Blooloop Live!, taking place on Friday 14th September in London. Charlie and Rachel always put on a great show and this year will be no different. The DIT is a proud supporter of Blooloop and is looking forward to continuing our long association both at the London event and Blooloop’s legendary IAAPA sherry and canapes evening.

The week after Blooloop Live! sees the Euro Attractions Show pitch its tent in Amsterdam. This year we will have a record number of British businesses exhibiting at the event, underpinned by a DIT-supported group organised by ALES-UK. The DIT offers UK companies grants to exhibit at all the major attractions shows and these are administered by our colleagues at ALES-UK. For more information on ALES-UK and what the association can do for you, contact Tony Whittaker at tony@eltonamusements.com  I am looking forward to being at the show for the first time in three years. Annoyingly, I left my hotel booking rather late and, due to stringent government rules on accommodation costs, I have had to settle for staying in a place on the outskirts of Amsterdam called “The Hague”.

Most of you will know that DIT takes an information stand at IAAPA each year and this year we are hoping to enhance our presence with as many partners as possible. There is a modest charge for a space on our stand but, if you are interested, please contact Rozmin.blatt@trade.gov.uk

We continue to work with our colleagues at MuseumINSIDER to produce hot leads for museum procurement plans in the USA – these are delivered, each month, through the experienceuk.org website. I want to put in a plug for MuseumINSIDER’s fantastic piece of research looking at the next five years in the US museum market which, again, can be obtained through experienceuk.org. We are working with Ann Curtis and her team to explore new ways of bringing the potentially lucrative US market within closer reach and hope to be able to announce some new plans early in 2019.

The Museums Association Conference in Belfast in early November is also on the horizon, and we look forward to welcoming a strong delegation from Hong Kong to this prestigious event.

Judging from the relative lack of email traffic, many of you are still enjoying the summer holidays and as you do so, be reassured that the DIT’s Experience Economy Team, like rust, never sleeps.