After a successful Who Do You Think You Are? Live! this week, the conference organizers have announced that the next several Who Do You Think You Are? Live! shows will be held in the same location as this year’s event: in the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, England. The next one will be held April 7 through 9, 2016.
The NEC is an excellent choice. It is very modern and has room for multiple simultaneous conferences, should the need arise. In fact, there were other events going on this week at the NEC but nobody seemed to notice. (The two nearby hotels were crowded, however.) For instance, the last two days saw a national convention of dentists being held in a different part of the NEC but the place still had 18 available, empty exhibit halls available. No problem!
The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) is a very short walk from a large railway station and less than two miles from the Birmingham International Airport. I took a direct, non-stop flight from the U.S. to Birmingham International Airport and I believe there numerous other direct flights to and from several other countries as well. Access is very easy, plenty of automobile parking space is available, and attendees do not need to fight the hassle of commuting to and from a downtown location in a major city. On the downside, the NEC is well outside the city with very few restaurants or other nearby attractions other than what is inside the hotels. I stayed at the very nice Hilton and enjoyed it but, after five days, I was ready to go eat someplace else. The food at the Hilton was excellent but I simply wanted a change of scenery.
I suspect hotel room reservations will fill up quickly. If you would like to be at next year’s Who Do You Think You Are? Live! Show, you might want to make your plans and your reservations now.
See you in Birmingham next year?