Newcastle CVB sees £100m trade boom

Newcastle Gateshead Convention Bureau (NGCB) has forecast its local conference market will be worth £100m in four years’ time, following a number of investments in the cities. "In 1999 the conference market was worth £15m and now it has reached £26m," NGCB manager Ian Taylor said. "The bureau now has 75 members and there has been £1bn worth of investment in infrastructure in the last year." The bureau recently ran awareness-raising days and is planning to organise fam trips for agents this year. "It’s about changing people’s perceptions," said Taylor. "We’re only under three hours away by train from London and 50 minutes flight from Stansted." Further developments include the opening of a Hilton property and a Jurys Doyle hotel in Newcastle and the Music Centre Gateshead which, when finished, will offer an auditorium for 1,700.

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