Having been awarded the title of UK City of Culture for 2017, Hull is gearing itself up for an estimated £60 million investment. Meeting options include the Hull Truck Centre, located in a new £15m building, which caters for 440 in the main auditorium and 134 in a smaller studio theatre. The 95-room, four-star Hallmark Hotel opened a lifestyle & fitness suite in May last year.
The Convention Quarter, launched in August, is part of the £250m Heart of Telford Southwater development and includes the convention centre, The International Centre and a new entertainment zone with restaurants and leisure facilities. An 83-room Premier Inn hotel has also opened.
Access is improving to the Northern Ireland capital, putting it firmly on the C&I map. Flybe will be operating a three-times-daily service from Belfast to London from the end of October, and a route from Belfast to Doncaster Sheffield launched in April. In addition, developments such as the multi-million expansion of the Belfast Waterfront Conference and Exhibition centre add further appeal.
The city is experiencing a resurgence following this year’s Commonwealth Games, which helped attract conferences worth £290 million to the city over the next decade, according to Glasgow City Marketing Bureau.
Save on travel costs by holding your event in Leicester. East Midlands Trains has partnered with the Leicester and Leicestershire Convention Bureau to offer up to 50% off train travel for business delegates. The half-price discounts will apply for visitors attending business conferences, events or exhibitions in the city and county. Meanwhile, the University of Leicester's new conference centre opened last October, following a £17.5m redevelopment of its grade II-listed College Hall buildings.
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