Julie Watterston ‐ In a past life Julie worked for a national newspaper and the Barbican Conference Centre but in 1990 set up Watterston Associates as one of the first research consultancies in the industry specialising in international association research.Julie is an active member of ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) and is a member of the Executive Committee of the UK and Ireland Chapter. She has been on the education faculty of ICCA General Assemblies and the ICCA RSMP (Research, Sales & Marketing Programme). She has a close bond with a large number of international association executives both in the UK and worldwide. This give the company a huge advantage in securing clients to attend hospitality events as well as appointments at industry trade shows and ensures that associations often contact us when they are first considering their next open date if they know that we represent a destination that could bid to host their congress.
‐ Mary is our Office Manager and has been with the company since shortly after its inception. Mary works intensively on our own in-house database and has recently been exploring the potential of ICCA’s Big Data for the benefit of our destination clients. Mary is vital to the day-to-day running of our office for administrative matters and keeping our database up-to-date. She works on several of our client accounts carrying out the in-depth research required to start generating leads.
‐ Janet is an Account Manager for Watterston Associates working on a number of our destination accounts to generate leads. From taking an active role in helping to organise European Roadshows, dinners and other client promotions for the destinations we represent, Janet has now built excellent relationships with a number of International Association executives. This ensures that we gain the best information from the associations with regards to generating leads and obtaining bidding guidelines.
– Frankii has recently joined Watterston Associates as Marketing Assistant. She invests her time in ensuring that our International Association database remains up-to-date as well as helping with telemarketing calls and providing on-site assistance at our client events.
Comprehensive Conference & Convention Database
Through our combined efforts in convention related research, Watterston Associates has developed a unique, comprehensive and up to date database on conference venues, locations, people and specialisms. This database is a most valuable asset and is utilised exclusively and extensively on behalf of our clients allowing us to provide targeted and highly qualified sales leads and invitation lists for corporate hospitality functions.
Conference & Convention Industry Research & Marketing Consultants. Working with Convention & Visitor Bureaux, Convention Centres, International Associations, Destinations & Academic Venues. Extensive Conference & Convention Research Database.