Three new conferences worth over £2m to the city’s economy have been booked into the Brighton Centre. The events were won in successful joint bids by the venue and the council’s tourism arm VisitBrighton.
The health visitors’ body, the CPHVA, will be holding its annual conference on October 19-20 this year and returning again on the November 7-8 2012. And The Royal College of Midwives’ annual conference will be held on November 15-16 2011.
Around 1,150 delegates are expected at the three events. It is estimated that this will earn the city £2.1m
Cabinet councillor for tourism David Smith said, “It’s a promising start to 2011 – and getting two bookings in successive years from the health visitors is a bonus.
“Our conference team is constantly exploring every opportunity to win business for the city so that delegates go out and spend in local shops, hotels, bars and restaurants.”
VisitBrighton and the Brighton Centre have worked closely with the associations’ agent Neil Stewart Associates to ensure delegates enjoy their stay. This includes everything from creating social itineraries to securing discounted rail travel with Southern and First Capital Connect.
Officials say VisitBrighton will be selling the city hard as a conference destination at the industry’s main exhibition Confex at London ’s Earls Court between March 1 and 3. The city has taken a stand at the show, with more information and a video at www.visitbrighton.com/conferences
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