Brighton appoints new head of tourism and venues

Brighton and Hove City Council has appointed a new head of tourism and venues.

The Brighton Centre
The Brighton Centre

Howard Barden succeeds Adam Bates, who is leaving the local authority at the end of the year, and will be responsible for Visit Brighton, the Brighton Centre and the Hove Centre.

Barden has worked at the Brighton Centre since 1994, taking on the role of general manager in 2011. He has overseen the transformation of the centre, which is the largest purpose-built conference venue on the south coast, and been instrumental in bringing high profile events, such as this year’s Labour party annual conference, to the city.

He said: "I feel very fortunate to be able to work for a city I’m truly passionate about. As a destination, Brighton has so much going for it it’s an easy sell for me.

"I’m looking forward to strengthening collaboration within the city and cementing our position as a serious contender on the conference and events business map."

At the beginning of this month, Visit Brighton, the city’s official tourism unit, which encompasses the convention bureau, merged with two council-owned venues, the Brighton Centre and Hove Centres. The Visit Brighton brand remains.

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