Newcastle Gateshead bags £2m brief

Newcastle Gateshead will host its largest commercial conference next year, after being appointed by the British Council of Shopping Centres to host its 2007 conference and showcase. The bid was led by Newcastle Gateshead Convention Bureau. The remit will include a series of events to take place across the city over three days. Based at Sage Gateshead, the annual event is expected to bring in more than 2,500 delegates and more than £2m into the region. It will take place between the 5 and 7 November, attracting delegates from across the retail industry – including retailers, landlords and developers. British Council Shopping Centres chief executive Michael Green said: "Newcastle Gateshead will have a unique opportunity to showcase itself to delegates, who will include many of Britain’s leading retailers and retail property investors." Acting head of business tourism for Newcastle Gateshead Jessica Roberts pointed to potential business for venues and suppliers from the event. "Many hotels and venues are set to benefit from this win, with many related events taking place across the area throughout the duration of the conference." The council’s previous events have taken place in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Harrogate, Dublin, Manchester and Belfast among others.

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