Future of popular venue to be discussed

Posted on Tuesday 17 December 2019

Investment in the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) to enable it to remain competitive, will be considered at Cabinet on December 20.

Members will be asked to consider a report looking at short to medium term plans for this popular entertainment and conference venue. Over the past five years there has been a growth in the number of conferences and meetings taking place in the U.K and the BIC continues to compete in a congested marketplace in order to secure large national association events.

To ensure the BIC continues to be a venue of choice for both conferences and for entertainment events a number of upgrades are being suggested, to facilities and to the aesthetics, in order to remain competitive.

Proposed investment could include refreshing the front entrance and public access, modernising the bar and lounge areas, refurbishment and increase of toilet provision, and updated flooring in some areas.

The Council is also currently looking to appoint a consultant to undertake a feasibility study to assess the potential long-term investment and redevelopment options for the BIC which Members will consider later next year.

Councillor Lewis Allison, Cabinet member for Tourism, Leisure & Communities, said: “The Bournemouth International Centre attracts and plays host to some of the biggest names in entertainment and the corporate world. The benefit to the local economy is huge so to enable it to remain the venue of choice it is important we invest in this important facility so that it retains its competitive edge.”

The meeting will take place at the council offices in Christchurch.