Brighton& Hove Council’s Visitor and Convention Bureau (VCB) plus major hotels and local tourism businesses are hosting 43 conference buyers on a familiarisation visit. It is hoped the trip will bring millions of pounds worth of additional conferences to the city.
Among conference organisers and venue finders are those representing neuroscientists, engineers, barbershop singers, Master Card and Hewlett Packard.
They will gather on Friday October 17 at Hotel Du Vin, before a tour and lunch at the Dome. Visitors will also be treated to a tailor-made tour of the city’s meeting facilities to suit their interests and a presentation from Head of tourism, Adam Bates.
A visit to Brighton Races or a pamper at Saks beauty parlour is offered and many local restaurants will provide guests with discounted meals.
Fourteen top hotels are contributing free overnight accommodation. On Saturday the 18th there is a visit to the Alias Seattle hotel at the marina for coffee and pastries and a boat trip if the weather continues to be fine.
Deputy council leader Sue John, who will attend the Dome lunch said, “This kind of hospitality by the council and private sector partners has one purpose – to generate income for local businesses and help create and sustain jobs.
“This is very much a city effort involving local transport providers, caterers, florists hotels, restaurants and attractions.”
Additional events to promote conferences have been staged by the VCB at the House of Lords last December and this July.
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