Manchester secures £61m worth of conference business for 2015

Marketing Manchester is to welcome 40 national and international conferences to the city in 2015, including a large number of scientific meetings.

Manchester secures £61m worth of conference business for 2015
Manchester secures £61m worth of conference business for 2015

The organisation has worked with academic, venue and hotel partners as ‘team Manchester’ to acquire the conferences, which will bring around 34,000 delegates to the city in total.

A number of national healthcare groups will visit Manchester between February and May, including The Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, the British Society for Rheumatology, and the British Dental Association. They will contribute around 5,000 delegates and £8.7 million to the city’s economy.

In April, the first Manchester Surgical Week will take place, bringing 2,500 international medical professionals to the city and generating as much as £5.8m for the local economy.

The International Conference on Nanotechnology, Nanomaterials and Thin Films for Energy Applications will take place from 1-3 June, while the flagship Graphene Week 2015 will run from 22-26 June. These meetings will bring 900 delegates to the city and are predicted to have more than £1m worth of economic impact.

Nick Brooks-Sykes, director of tourism at Marketing Manchester said the ‘team Manchester’ partnership was "proving very successful" and that the value of the conferences acquired "extends much further than simply the monetary value".

"Association meetings attract some of the world’s leading minds to come together to discuss particular subjects, helping Manchester to become known for intellect and knowledge whilst boosting our key sectors," he said.

"I’m therefore particularly delighted that we have so many scientific meetings slated for 2015, solidifying our position as a global science city in preparation for the prestigious EuroScience Open Forum in 2016."

Other highlights in the city’s conference calendar include two large conferences from the British Insurance Brokers’ Association and the Association of Corporate Treasurers, as well as the Royal Economic Society’s national conference. These will bring approximately 3,700 delegates and £5.2m to the city.

The Society for Ecological Restoration will also host its sixth World Congress on Ecological Restoration in Manchester in August, a five-day meeting that will bring more than 1,500 delegates to the city and generate around £3.9m for the economy.

In total, Manchester’s business tourism industry generates £823m a year for the city-region economy and attracts 4.9m delegates. 

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