Over the next nine weeks Eastbourne will welcome nine major conferences to the seaside resort, including the Royal British Legion Women’s Section and the British Occupational Hygiene Society. The nine events are set to bring in more than 8,000 delegates.
Eastbourne’s main conference venue, the Devonshire Park Centre, should see significant footfall between March and May as the resort enjoys its busiest ever conference season.
The Women’s Institute kicks off the nine-week conference constitutional on 26 March with 1,000 delegates coming to town.
The resort’s hotels and guesthouses are hopeful of booking in conference delegates for 16,600 bed nights over coming months.
Eastbourne Borough Council tourism spokesperson Cllr Steve Wallis says: “2009 is set to be a very successful year for business tourism in Eastbourne, as conferences continue to fill the Devonshire Park Centre. It is great news for our accommodation providers as it means valuable business outside of the summer season.”
A total of 17 conferences are scheduled to take place in Eastbourne in a year that the town launched its new Conference Membership Scheme.
Looking further ahead, between 2010 and 2013, Eastbourne Conference Bureau has received 18 confirmed conference bookings, with an additional 22 events pencilled into the diary.