Tyneside welcomes international audience for ITI conference

Around 300 professional translators and interpreters from 22 countries gathered in Tyneside last week for an Institute of Translation & Interpreting (ITI) conference.

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The event at Hilton NewcastleGateshead (from 23-25 April) is estimated to have had an economic impact of £330,000 for the region.

James Ramsbotham, CEO of the North East Chamber of Commerce, opened the conference, with Jonny Mitchell, head of Thornhill Academy in Dewsbury which was featured in the Channel 4 series ‘Educating Yorkshire’, giving a keynote speech on making foreign languages relevant to the current generation of school pupils.

The conference was organised in cooperation with NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau and featured several local businesses.

Paul Szomoru, head of business tourism at NewcaslteGateshead Convention Bureau, said: "The feedback has been fantastic. The organisers have told us it’s the best event they’ve hosted to date and many delegates saying they enjoyed their time here so much, they want to come back for a leisure break.

"This perfectly demonstrates our ability to host high profile conferences as well as confirming our position as the delegate experience capital."

A conference fringe programme provided delegates with a chance to relax and unwind with yoga, tai chi and salsa classes and excursions to Hadrian’s Wall and Northumberland castles.

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