Choosing a conference venue

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The International Centre

Whether you are looking for a conference venue or a place to have your meetings and your training days, the International Centre is the perfect modern space for your event.

Offering free Wi-Fi, secure parking and all-day refreshments, the International Centre has 120 meeting rooms and a theatre for up to 1,000 people.

Conveniently located in the city centre, the International Centre is close to the shops and only a ten-minute walk to the train station.

The Grand West

The Grand West is a country house surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful scenery, only a 30-minute drive from the airport.

With 76 hotel rooms, 12 meeting rooms and a conference room that takes up to 200 people, the Grand West offers free Wi-Fi and a whiteboard in every room.

You can also make use of the gardens of the Grand West for team-building events and outdoor activities. Our indoor swimming pool, gym and 18-hole golf course will ensure that your event is relaxing and enjoyable for everyone.

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Submitted by Yuki on Mon, 29/06/2020 - 06:23

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I think most important facilities for me are large screen, projector, system, PC and free Wi-Fi. Because if there are no these things, we can't have a meeting. I think we need a large screen and projector to explain something at the meeting. And without sound system, everyone could not hear in a large conference or meeting room. I also free Wi-Fi is important. Because if there is no free Wi-Fi, we can't use PC. If we can't use PC, we can't have a meeting. For these reasons, I think these things are most important facilities for me to have a conference or meeting.

Submitted by Suzuha on Mon, 29/06/2020 - 06:14

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I think free Wi-Fi is the most important facility for me. I definitely use a laptop at a meeting, so free Wi-Fi will take sides with me.

Submitted by Yuki on Mon, 29/06/2020 - 06:06

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I think most important facilities for me are large screen, projector, sound system, PC and free Wi-Fi. free Wi-fi is most important facility for me. Because if there is no free Wi-Fi, we can't use our computer.

Submitted by Mirei Honda on Mon, 29/06/2020 - 03:57

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I think the most important thing in a conference or meeting is location and free WiFi. About the first place,it is better to be as close as possible. If you get tired just by going,the discussion at the meeting will not proceed well. Also,you should choose a soundproof facility because you can't concentrate if surrounding sound is noisy. The second free WiFi is a most have. If you don't free WiFi,your computer and monitor will be slow and meetings will be long. Is that happens further,I think that people who attend the meeting will be uncomfortable.

Submitted by fukuzawa on Mon, 29/06/2020 - 02:50

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I think Wi-Fi and snacks are important. Because Wi-Fi is important for smooth meetings. Refreshments are necessary to replenish energy. These two things make the meeting better. Additional energy will make the meeting more peaceful.So I think I need these two.

Submitted by Natsumi Tamura on Sun, 28/06/2020 - 15:00

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The most important facilities for me is Wi-Fi, and the place where conferences or meetings are held. Wi-Fi helps you use your electronic devices smoothly. Many people use computers and tablets in meeting, so having them is convenient. Also, I want to use the conference venue as close to the station as possible because some people take the train.

Submitted by Shoma Tateishi on Sun, 28/06/2020 - 11:46

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I think free Wi-Fi is the most important facility for me when I go to a conference or meeting.Because it's very convenient, and essential because I rely on the Internet.If it disappears from me, I'm in trouble because I can’t connect to the network from the PC.As a result, it will be a hindrance at conferences and meetings.In addition, without Wi-Fi, the smartphone will be speed limited.The speed limitation of smartphones makes it difficult to search for information and contact people.This has a great influence on daily life and business.For these reasons,I think free Wi-Fi is the most important facility for me.

Submitted by Kaho Dokko on Fri, 26/06/2020 - 15:15

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I think free Wi-Fi is most important facility when I go to a conference or meeting because the Internet environment is essential for meetings.Computers are almost always used in meetings,then it would be convenient to have free Wi-Fi. The next important thing I think is the gym, the golf courses and so on. It will be a relief by moving between meetings. Also, I think it will be easier to talk to my colleagues during the meeting if I can deepen my friendship with them during golf.

Submitted by Maiko Tanzawa on Fri, 26/06/2020 - 04:14

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The facilities that I consider most important at the conference are those with an IT environment. Since various businesses are all done through the Internet now, I think that I will use a lot of electronic devices. At that time, Wi-Fi that has a safe and stable communication speed and a printer that can print immediately on site, I think that if the equipment such as a tablet that can be made paperless and so on is fulfilled, the conference can proceed smoothly.

Submitted by Akemi Matsumoto on Thu, 25/06/2020 - 12:23

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I think “free Wi-Fi” and “free printing service” are the most important facilities when doing a conference or meeting. First of all, in a meeting, having your own computer is indispensable. And that computers needs Wi-Fi. So, if there are free Wi-Fi it will be so convenient. In addition, if you have a free copy service, it will help a lot when needing to print out documents of the mitting.

Submitted by Noyama Juri on Thu, 25/06/2020 - 04:46

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Hello everyone. I think wi-fi is the most needed facility for meetings. that's because having a good communication environment is important at meetings. Since the internet is used for streaming materials, it will affect the conference if there is no such facility. I use the internet in class so I can understand the need for wi-fi. Also, I think it is important to prepare a light lunch. because without it. I'm hungry and lose my concentration. From these things, Wi-fi is most needed at meetings and I think it is important to prepare a light lunch.

Submitted by Farshad on Tue, 23/06/2020 - 19:07

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The most important facilities for me are refreshments, wifi, and see a short performance if it is possible!

Submitted by Machida on Sun, 21/06/2020 - 16:23

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I think free Wi-Fi is the most important facility for me when I go to a conference or meeting. Because I think that we often use a computer at a meeting. So If we can't use it, we can't hold meeting. In addition, I think it is important to have restaurants nearby too. Because, I will feel hungry after a long meeting. If we go with someone from a different workplace, we can get along well and work can be a good move.

Submitted by Naru Yasuda on Fri, 19/06/2020 - 06:33

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I think place has an important role to hold conference. So, I think good place is to rent the place where there have an enough space and quiet places. If the meeting member is the same company, you can hold conference at the office. Office is not need money. It is good point to hold meeting at office. But you spend there a lot of times. So, may de you don’t have a strain. The other hand, if, you go to anther please, you have a strain. And more, if your meeting have a parson who not same company, it is equal. Therefor I think good place is to rent the place.

Submitted by R on Thu, 18/06/2020 - 18:42

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I think free Wi-Fi is the most important facility for me when I go to a meeting or conference. Meetings may not be possible without free Wi-Fi. If we have free Wi-Fi, we can share the video with people there. I think the meeting will be more efficient if the video can be shared. Also, can use our own smartphone without any data limit. I have only a small amout of data on my smartphone, so it would be helpful to have free Wi-Fi.

Submitted by Saria Muraoka on Tue, 16/06/2020 - 13:40

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I think free Wi-Fi is the most important facility for me when I go to a conference or meeting. Because we depend on the internet. So If we don't have the internet, we won't be able to work. I can use Wi-Fi at home. But when I go out, the internet costs is expensive. So free Wi-Fi is very useful, because we can use it for free. I think it would be more convenient to have a place to charge a battery for free. It is very important because it will not be usable if the battery is depleted. For this reason, free Wi-Fi and charging are very important for me when I go to a conference or meeting.

Submitted by hoshi on Tue, 16/06/2020 - 08:43

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Hello everyone. I think that the most important points in facilities for me is free Wi-Fi. It is very convenience and useful. If you don't have it, you can't use Network on a computer.And you have to use the date limit on your smart phone.Furthermore,you can use more comfortable Network. When I went to stay home in Australia,the house don't have Wi-Fi. so,I borrowed pocket Wi-Fi. but others home stay houses have Wi-Fi. I felt ripped off.

Submitted by NANAKA on Mon, 15/06/2020 - 14:31

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Hello! I think that the most important facility for me is free Wi-Fi. This is good for,when I use some devices such as laptop, smartphone during a conference. In addition to, It's easy on the wallet! One thing I can say for sure is that In the modern world the internet is indispensable. If my internet connection isn't stable,It would have a bad effect on my work.

Submitted by Risa on Mon, 15/06/2020 - 10:27

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I think the most important facility for the meeting or conference is free Wi-Fi. That is very helpful when we use the internet. People often use the internet when they have a meeting. The internet is indispensable thing for the meeting. For example, making the meeting materials, presenting own ideas and showing some data or graph. If the meeting room doesn’t have a free Wi-Fi, we can’t use the internet fast and comfortably. So, the meeting can’t proceed well. People can’t working without the internet.

Submitted by Yuri Chida on Mon, 15/06/2020 - 09:57

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I think free Wi-Fi is the most important for me when I go to a conference. That’s because it is very useful. I use Wi-Fi whenever I stay at home so I would like to use it at a conference venue, too. If free Wi-Fi is offered, I’m able to feel free to use the Internet on a smartphone or a computer. Also, refreshment is important for me. I would like to relax by eating food and drinking drinks during break time. As a result, I can focus on a conference. For these reasons, I think free Wi-Fi and refreshment are important for me.

Submitted by Yonemura Tomoya on Mon, 15/06/2020 - 09:17

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Hello. There are three facilities that are most important for me. First, Wi-Fi, it is very convinience. If I have Wi-Fi, my Network makes good. I can use my phone without date limit. Also, when I happen accident, I can contact my family. Second, outdoor activies space, I can relax and enjoy. Relaxing is very important for me because I can change of pace. Also, playing outdoor activies with many people makes us good relationship. Third, eating and drinking space. If there is this space, I am satisfied. Also, an oppotunity that talking with various people increase. I can make good friends. We should use any facility politely, and clean up after we use.

Submitted by mahiro on Mon, 15/06/2020 - 06:31

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Hello. I think the most important facility for me is, available me internet Wi-Fi. Because it's very convenient, I usually to use frequently. I think more need to use everyone in now environment. Because I think it increased online opportunity. I mean the most important available me internet Wi-Fi in facility.

Submitted by tomoka on Mon, 15/06/2020 - 04:32

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I think that laptops and pens are most important. To begin with, people prepare by using laptops until meetings. Therefore, no matter how much they work hard, they can not do good presentation without their laptops. Of course, I know the skill of talking is necessary when meeting. But it is not facilities. Second, we use pens in a kind of situations. For example, I often write what my teacher says "this is important things.". The reason why is that I try not to forget it. So, in the serious situations such a conference, I believe having pens are significant. In addition, I often see that many workers always have a pen in their pockets. These reasons make me think I think laptops and pens are important when I go to a conference or meeting.

Submitted by Dilnoza Sulaymonova on Fri, 12/06/2020 - 08:25

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The most important thing is wifi I think

Submitted by Sharif Tayyebi on Sun, 31/05/2020 - 05:55

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I think there are many things important for me when I am going to go to a conference. First of all, facilities are primarily important for me, especially things like free Wi-Fi, books, handouts, greate rooms or halls for training program, computers, good trainers, and a good agenda and program. Next, convenient things are also necessary to participate in a conference, for example, refreshments during the day of training, available and comfortable transportation if a conference is not the same place of dormitory building, and a safe and secure hotel. Finally, in my view it is important to create a free and secure atmosphere and opportunity for all participants to share their ideas freely. Infact, a conference should prepare all things which are basic and reliable for developing and improvements of participants. Why I think these facilities are necessary is that the conference should bring changes in our ideas, emotions, and behaviours. It should give us this opportunity to make more qualifications than that we had before the conference. Regards, Tayyebi

Submitted by mouna99 on Tue, 19/05/2020 - 13:57

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The most important facilities are WIFI, refreshments, garden

Submitted by Muhammad Bagir on Sun, 17/05/2020 - 04:29

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a convinient room is the first, the other thing jus following

Submitted by Lauracastanos on Thu, 14/05/2020 - 00:13

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computer, wi-fi, projector, comfortable and catering service
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Submitted by Smiley1 on Tue, 05/05/2020 - 13:12

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Computers and wifi are the must-have item for meetings either on online or face-to-face.

Submitted by Mahmoud moza on Tue, 05/05/2020 - 02:23

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Hi ,this is the first time I go in here to comment , please I have a question . Why the writter said : located not location (here) Conveniently located in the city centre, the International Centre is close to the shops and only a ten-minute walk to the train station. Is this word here a verb or a name or an adjective . if it was a passive voice verb where is the verb to be ? Thanks so much.

Hello Mahmoud moza,

Location is a noun, while located is an adjective. In the sentenece, an adjective is needed as the clause is describing a noun (the International Centre).

If you wanted to use location then you would need to change the sentence:

With a location in the city centre, the International Centre is close to the shops and only a ten-minute walk to the train station.

Its location is in the city centre, so the International Centre is close to the shops and only a ten-minute walk to the train station.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by jason2295 on Sun, 03/05/2020 - 00:54

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I think the most important facility for me is, offer me internet Wi-Fi, other thing can be the refreshments.

Submitted by Djoo on Sun, 26/04/2020 - 05:44

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For me the most important facilitis are; first the prayer room, 2nd Halel Food, 3st gardiens and finally Wi-Fi .

Submitted by ademyonet on Mon, 13/04/2020 - 07:00

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For me the most important facilities below line up. 1. prayer room 2. alaturka toilet 3. bathroom 4. relax meeting room 5. fresh and clear foods 6. wi-fi 7. naturel place I want above my written, because if I can take comfort, I can work.
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Submitted by OlaIELTS on Tue, 07/04/2020 - 22:33

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Hi, The most important facilities required for me at a conference or meeting includes: - Free Wi-Fi. - Secure parking space.. - Refreshments. These are vital to the meeting, as such providing: - Internet connection for accessing informations. - Security for cars of stakeholders at the meeting. - Foods and drinks to sustain life's and meeting span. Thanks.

Submitted by jahidbd on Sun, 05/04/2020 - 08:49

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Hello Guys, I the word "conformance room come into my mind, I see a room full of people, they are silent, some speakers they are talking. A big projector after the speakers. So yes, A big projector, well sound system, wifi important for a conformance room.

Submitted by Daudau0601 on Fri, 03/04/2020 - 16:34

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the most important facilities for me when i go the the meeting or conference are free wifi to online facebook, chat with my friend while relaxing. Beside, secure parking and all-day refreshments are also important for me. if i eat all-day refreshments, i will feel really comfortable and happy haha. And i want to my car which is protected carefully. A beautiful view surround meeting venue is great, i will have some photo to save moments in there. hihi

Submitted by cuneyt on Fri, 27/03/2020 - 20:39

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Hi Everbody, I am thirty one. I have not gone to meeting or conference since born. Do you believe that? Come on!! I am just joking. I think, facilities are most important for me. All right can everyone ask me ? Why? Because, I mind these kind of things. For instance; it is must be swimming pool. I like to swimming by the way. It is must be free wifi because I will ways login english.britishcouncil.org :) Iwant to do exercise. And l terminally the foods important. Its must be delicious. That comes to my mind. Everbody good night. I will sleep and I will daydream. Best regards.

Submitted by Giahaitruong on Sun, 02/02/2020 - 11:05

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The most facilities for me is Wifi, refresments, swimming pool and the place where the conference located.
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Submitted by Smiley1 on Fri, 31/01/2020 - 12:42

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The Grand West looks nice!

Submitted by MaryaSun on Fri, 31/01/2020 - 10:09

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when i go to a meeting or conference i prefere the venue has got wifi in every room. for me is importante that my room has got a little fridge, a tv and autonomus heating. It is best if there is also a swimming pool or a big garden full of flowering trees where i can do a long walk alone and take a lots of photos.

Submitted by Dariusz on Sun, 26/01/2020 - 22:56

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The most important facilities for me are swimming pool and Wi-Fi, all-day refreshments are also sounds good.

Submitted by shahhoseini on Mon, 20/01/2020 - 14:01

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WiFi is very essential for me. Besides, I prefer the conference venue near to the city center and need all-day refreshments.
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Submitted by Magedelabd on Thu, 26/12/2019 - 13:04

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The most important facilities for me if I go for conference is , WiFi , restaurant , gym ,

Submitted by salehisalehi65 on Mon, 28/10/2019 - 11:36

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in my opinion, you need to drink cofe or tea during events and its important to have a joyful rest to recovery, so i prefer to have hotel room and non busy pool during my residence for confrence if possible

Submitted by Fudhol on Tue, 03/09/2019 - 10:49

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The most important facilities that should be there in a meeting or conference are such as large screen, projector, sound system, PC and internet connectivity. For a compliment, the supporting facilities must be in good condition such as toilet, bedroom, meeting room, dining room, parking area, and others. All of them should be clean and cozy for a guest.
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Submitted by drphungmanhtien on Tue, 03/09/2019 - 03:58

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This is very interisting information. My company always arrange meeting for training or discussing for our staff. I want to join the conference in the place, where is refresing all the day.

Submitted by ayusisi on Wed, 31/07/2019 - 10:21

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For me, tho most important facility at the conference event is the room which set conveniently. additional has free wifi is nice to have

Submitted by Zeya on Sun, 21/07/2019 - 13:18

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If I go to any meeting or confrence I need secure parking, refreshment etc. After meeting if I wish to go for shopping or anywhere then it is necessary for venue to be at the center of the city.

Submitted by cittàutopica on Thu, 11/07/2019 - 22:44

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In my opinion facilities very important are the vicinity to the underground or railway station and a comfortable hotel, but, first of all, I prefer a location in the centre of the city, so that I can visit it when I have a bit of free time.