The Forum is thrilled to confirm that Emirates Old Trafford, home of Lancashire County Cricket Club, has been appointed as the destination and host for TheTicketingBusiness Forum 2018 – Europe’s leading live entertainment ticketing meeting.
Delegates at the Forum in Dublin were privvy to the 2018 announcement before anyone else, with an opportunity to sign up on site at an exclusive return rate.

TheTicketingBusiness Awards – recognising leadership, innovation and achievement in the application of technology in ticketing across sports, performing arts, music, cinema, live entertainment and visitor attractions – will also take place in Manchester with venue TBA.

Daniel Gidney, Chief Executive at Lancashire County Cricket Club, said: “We’re delighted and proud of Emirates Old Trafford being appointed by Xperiology as the host of the prestigious TheTicketingBusiness Forum 2018, and we’re looking forward to welcoming some of the leading individuals from the ticketing industry in 2018.”

Ian Nuttall, Founder, TheTicketingBusiness, said: “I am thrilled to announce that the TheTicketingBusiness Forum 2018 will be partnering with Emirates Old Trafford, which will host the forum in their stunning flagship venue, The Point in April 2018.”

The venue has undergone a £60 million pound redevelopment in recent years, which culminates in the opening of the on-site 150-bedroom Hilton Garden Inn hotel this summer, including 85 stunning pitch-facing balcony rooms – the perfect location for the 6th edition of the Forum.


*SOLD OUT – Hilton Garden Inn, Emirates Old Trafford

Due to an unprecedented demand for early registrations for the Forum, the Emirates Old Trafford Hilton Garden Inn Hotel (HQ Hotel) is already sold out.

 *SOLD OUT – Hotel Football

After hundreds of registrations from fabulous delegates, we are now also sold out at Hotel Football.

But, worry not, for we have secured great rates at some nearby hotels…

*Hilton Manchester Deansgate

Hilton Manchester Deansgate showcases stylish rooms and suites, a stunning cocktail bar with panoramic views and Podium restaurant, all in the heart of Manchester.


In the city centre.

2 miles from Emirates Old Trafford; 15 – 20 minutes by taxi  and a little longer by public transport.

Rates – subject to availability

£159 single occupancy per night, including VAT.

£169 double occupancy per night, including VAT.

Rates include

Breakfast and free wi-fi.

Book your discounted room

AC Hotel Manchester Salford Quays


Occupying a coveted spot in the heart of the vibrant Salford Quays district the hotel has a modern design with sleek furnishings creating a calm atmosphere.


Opposite Salford Quays Metrolink station to connect to the city centre and close to The Lowry Theatre, Imperial War Museum, Media City, The Trafford Centre.

5 minutes by taxi  or 22 minutes walk to Emirates Old Trafford.

Rates – subject to availability

£119 per night, including VAT, single occupancy.

£129 per night, including VAT, double occupancy.

Rates include

Breakfast and free wi-fi.

Book your discounted room

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