Aintree Racecourse's business bookings up 27%

Aintree Racecourse's business bookings for the first six months of 2012 are up by more than a quarter on last year.

Aintree Racecourse's business bookings up 27%
Aintree Racecourse's business bookings up 27%

The racecourse's corporate meetings, conferences and exhibitions have defied the recession and were spurred on by a £35m investment, according to conference and events manager Debbie Slee.

She said: "The event and conference market can often be a good indicator of economic recovery and confidence, so it’s heartening to see that corporate sales at Aintree is on the increase pointing to a growing confidence in the business sector in Liverpool."

In 2007 Aintree created an Equestrian centre with 4,800sqm of exhibition space. In recent months the racecourse has invested more than £450,000 in the refurbishment of Princess Royal Stand to create a new lounge and event space, including a new champagne bar.

Slee added: "Many people just see Aintree as the racecourse for the Grand National but we are one of the North West’s leading venues for events, weddings and exhibitions. The recent investments have given us the ability to cater for events from 10 to 4,800 delegates and it’s this flexibility which is helping us to win new business."

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