Manchester set for London sales drive

Marketing Manchester is driving C&I business to its city by staging a mini-exhibition of its wares in London’s Manchester Square this month. The two-day exhibition will host 28 C&I suppliers and it aims to pull in more than 1,500 buyers on 16-17 May. It follows on from its first exhibition staged last year at Vinopolis, which pulled in over £250,000 of business. This year the first day will be for C&I firms and the second day for promotion of the 2002 Commonwealth Games. “Last year was a major success and this year we expect even more buyers to attend,” said Marketing Manchester director of destination marketing Andrew Stokes. Firms booked into the sales event include Marriott Worsley Park, Malmaison Hotel, Radisson SAS Hotel Manchester Airport and the Renaissance Manchester Hotel. New partners for this year include the new Manchester International Convention Centre and Sir Rocco Forte’s property The Lowry Hotel, which opened in April.

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