AEO to lobby government to save Earls Court

Earls Court received a major fillip today in its seemingly doomed battle for survival as the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) starts a campaign to save the venue.

AEO to lobby government to save Earls Court
AEO to lobby government to save Earls Court

The AEO will lobby "both national and local government, the London Mayor, relevant planning authorities and Earls Court owner Capco" to take action to prevent Earls Court being demolished or at the very least to ensure that the new development includes a ‘new’ Earls Court exhibition centre.

Owner Capco is planning to bulldoze the exhibition centre and begin building commercial and residential property in its place as early as the end of next year.

"The plans to destroy London’s major West End exhibition centre will have disastrous consequences on not only the UK exhibition industry but also on the national and local economy," said AEO chief executive Austen Hawkins.

According to the association Earls Court attracts more than 2.5 million visitors and accounts for, directly and indirectly, more than 1,000 jobs in the boroughs and around 12,500 in London.

"The Olympic Games is the world’s biggest event, everyone recognise its importance and understands the enormous economic value this event will bring," AEO chairman Douglas Emslie.

"So much so even the Prime Minister of the day was part of the bid team. Yet we are proposing demolishing a major event venue that delivers major events to this country."

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