Better access opens more doors for businesses, and with a recent proposal for expansion at Heathrow airport, the events industry favors to back the proposal hoping to boost its international events and conferences. The expansion at Heathrow calls for another runway as opposed to one at Gatwick, as the better functionality at Heathrow will fuel job creation and profits. Heathrow is one of the busiest airports in UK, the third busiest in the world in terms of passenger traffic.
The Favour to the Events Industry
The expansion means more convenient and better access for international delegates to choose London as an international event venue. Currently, only limited traffic gets in and out of the airport, which is a cause of concern for the events industry. As expansion takes place increasing capacity, it can only mean good for London as it can put it on the map as a conference destination as with meetings it is all about access. The better the access to a place, the more international events it can attract as it gives delegates the efficiency that they are looking for.
The Drawbacks of Expansion
However, all isn’t roses in this deal, like any other, and while the events industry will benefit from this expansion and stands in its favor, the proposal carries economic and social implications. The expansion will cost 750 homes, add noise pollution to the environment, and put more pressure on London’s infrastructure. However, the benefits should outweigh the social and economic costs provided that there are proper roads and public transport system to support the expansion.
As the world shrinks, events coordinators strive to find better places to hold their meetings and conferences. Any place that will meet the accessibility criteria of delegates will win top position in the choice of favorable international events venue, and with this expansion, London can too.