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posted on: 23/5/2012 09:40:43

Harrogate International Centre (HIC) will again host The Knitting and Stitching Show and The International Association of Teachers in English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL), in 2012 and 2014 respectively.
The two events are estimated to bring in excess of £500,000 in economic benefit to Harrogate and the region.
The Knitting and Stitching Show has been held at HIC for 20 years and has rebooked for a three-day exhibition in November. Organiser Creative Exhibitions expects to attract about 10,000 visitors each day.
“We are delighted to confirm our return to Harrogate. This show is the second largest textile show anywhere in Europe,  the largest being our own event in London," The Knitting and Stitching Show MD Andrew Salmon said. “The exhibition is the most popular of those we stage, with attendees able to step out of the halls at the end of the day and enjoy Yorkshire hospitality.”
The IAETFL will return to the HIC for its 48th annual international conference and exhibition. The four-day event is attended by more than 2,300 people from around the world, and through the uses of technology and live web-based seminars, its audience could exceed 60,000 people.
“This will be our third visit to Harrogate and we look forward to coming back in 2014,” IATEFL executive officer Glenda Smart said.
HIC director Angus Houston welcomed the news and credited the hard work of the team at the venue for retaining both events.
"The news that these events are returning to Harrogate will be welcomed by the whole region as business tourism is central to the local economy. With thousands of people visiting Harrogate during these events it will greatly benefit local businesses."
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