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.

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 TheTicketingBusiness Awards 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 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 culminated in the opening of the on-site 150-bedroom Hilton Garden Inn hotel last summer, including 85 stunning pitch-facing balcony rooms – the perfect location for the 6th edition of the Forum.


Hilton Garden Inn (Host Venue)

After a record number of early bookings, we have sold out of our allocation at the host venue – Hilton Garden Inn.

However, you may be able to book a room directly through the hotel’s website, please click the button below to check availability.


Alternatively, please see below for further accommodation options.

*SOLD OUT – Hotel Football

Our room allocation at Hotel Football is now sold out. Please see below for further  accommodation options.


*SOLD OUT – AC Hotel Manchester Salford Quays

Our room allocation at AC Hotel Manchester Salford Quays is now sold out. Please see below for further  accommodation options.

*AVAILABLE – Holiday Inn Media City

A modern Manchester hotel offering bright contemporary rooms, dining in Marco Pierre White’s New York Italian restaurant and a mini-gym in the Salford Quays waterfront development.


13 minutes by taxi or 30 minutes walk to Emirates Old Trafford.

A 25-minute tram ride to the city centre from MediaCityUK Metrolink station. The M60 and M62 motorways are a 10-minute drive from the hotel and Manchester International Airport (MAN) is 20 minutes away by car.

Rates – subject to availability

£109 per night, including VAT, single or double occupancy.

Rates include

Breakfast and free wi-fi.


*AVAILABLE – 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. Housed in the 47-story iconic Beetham Tower, this Manchester hotel is a destination in itself. Discover exciting attractions nearby, within walking distance is a fantastic selection of shops, bars, and restaurants.

Relax in a spacious guest room with stunning city views. Choose a Deluxe Room for a higher floor or an executive room for access to the Executive Lounge.


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.


What are people saying?

The best networking place I've been to. I was able to get very high level leads and meet relevant partners. You did a great great job to gather such high level and exhaustive people!

Chloé Julien Founder & CEO, BandSquare, France

CIOs, CTO,s Chief Execs... all those people turn up at this event. it’s a fantastic opportunity to engage with them

Rick Jurkiewicz Head of Ticketing, The Rugby Football League, UK

This is the focal point of the ticketing industry in Europe, where the decision makers meet and exchange ideas

Niels Henrik Sodemann Managing Partner/CEO, Queue-it, Denmark

At the Forum we made concrete progress with regards to selecting a new ticketing provider. I would be happy to recommend the Forum to other venues in the future.

Martin O'Donoghue Business Development Manager, Cork Opera House, Ireland

If you’re curious about the future, if you want to see how things are developing, if you wanna get to know your peers... you need to be at the Forum.

James Charrington CEO, Dewynters, UK

For me the most important thing was to meet with all the different companies in ticketing and I’ve managed that, and I left with many business cards!

Grégory Six Major Projects and Development Manager, AS Monaco, Monaco