Sign in or Register
 
 
Register today to receive each issue absolutely FREE!




Networking is one of the most important tools that a start-up...

EN sits in and takes notes on how our industry can energise exhibitor...

When choosing speakers at your event, is it best to consult an agency...

DB Systems became the first audio visual contractor to scoop the Best...

Exhibition News October 2014
October 2014

NewcastleGateshead calls for new convention centre
posted on: 25/5/2010 11:13:19
The Sage Gateshead (credit Alex Telfer) may2010

The NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau (NGCB) has called for an international conference and exhibition centre to attract more conventions, after a report found business tourism accounted for almost a quarter of a billion pounds in 2008/9.

Research commissioned by the development agency One North East indicates business tourism pumped almost £240m into the NewcastleGateshead local economy, helping to create 5,700 jobs in 2008/09. According to One North East, the twin cities represented 63 per cent of all gross business tourism in North East England - which totals £378m - with an estimated 1.6 million delegates attending conferences there in 2008/09.

“With further investment and improved infrastructure, business tourism can play an even greater role in the region’s economic prosperity. Our present lack of large-scale, flat-floor exhibition space means bigger conventions are sometimes turned away. Establishing an international conference and exhibition centre in NewcastleGateshead would be a great economic driver for the region and also for Britain,” says head of business tourism at NGCB, Jessica Roberts.

“Major national and international conferences are not only a great way of profiling a destination, but this research shows that they deliver real tangible economic benefits, not just in the cities’ hotels and venues, but also for the many businesses throughout the region that supply this sector,” she adds.

A blend of qualitative and quantitative research, national statistics and venue audits based on the UK Event Market Trends Survey were incorporated into the study. The project was supported by the four sub-regional Area Tourism Partnerships, including Visit TeesValley, Visit County Durham, Tourism Tyne and Wear and Northumberland Tourism.

Picture: The Sage Gateshead by Alex Telfer


Print:
Email:
Share article:

COMMENTS
Would you like to Leave a Comment?

LATEST NEWS
Euro Bus Expo 2014 prepares for NEC return
posted on: 20/10/2014 10:47:14
Diversified Communications UK is gearing up for its first biennial trade show for the bus and coach industry, Euro Bus Expo 2014 at The NEC on 4-6 November.

More than 350 alpacas are set to take over the halls of the Ricoh Arena at The British Alpaca Futurity in 2015.

Exhibition News has teamed up with event and media insight specialist Vivid Interface to launch a survey on the views of events professionals about contractors.

MCM Expo prepares for a record London return
posted on: 17/10/2014 10:00:17
Harry Potter and Horns star Daniel Radcliffe and the cast of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers are among the lineup of special guests at MCM London Comic Con which starts on 24 October.

Stoneleigh Park welcomed more than 2,000 visitors from the bioenergy and renewable energy generation community at this year’s Nextgen event.