Conference Leeds secures international language event for Yorkshire

More than 350 delegates will descend on Yorkshire next spring for the International Association of Language Centres (IALC) flagship conference.

Leeds skyline
Leeds skyline

The four-day event from 7-10 April will be the association's first in the UK for 27 years, having previously taken place in cities such as Brisbane, Lisbon, Toronto, Shanghai and Cape Town.

It was secured by Leeds' official conference desk, Conference Leeds, along with local IALC-accredited English language schools CES Leeds and Melton College in York.

Owners of independent language schools and study travel agents from across the globe will attend the main conference at CES Leeds, with Melton College serving as the evening destination on the Friday night.

Seminars and workshops will be held at the Leeds Marriott Hotel and Leeds Royal Armouries, with further dinners and receptions at Shabab, Crafthouse, Victoria Quarter, The Queen’s Hotel Ballroom in Leeds.

The conference changes location each year to showcase a different study destination to delegates and increase the number of high value international students for the local IALC schools and host city.

Hollie Coffey, events manager at IALC, said: "We’re really excited to hold our first IALC event in the UK for 27 years in Leeds and York. At present, the most popular UK study destinations for international students are London, or the south coast, but with cities such as Leeds and York offering students a vibrant and friendly atmosphere – often teamed with cheaper living costs - we want to showcase everything that Yorkshire has to offer. Conference Leeds’ multi-venue approach, teamed with the city’s vibrant energy, will make the event a big success."

Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, added: "This is a really exciting time for Leeds, and we’re looking forward to welcoming the IALC event next year. Our multi-venue approach means a tailored proposition has been created to suit this unique international event, attracting leading language industry figures from around the world to come together in Leeds."

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