Twenty10 brings business back

Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Conferences has hailed its first
venue exhibition at the Guildhall Hull,
the twenty10 showcase,
“a huge success”.

The exhibition, 11 February was designed to tempt the
region’s event organisers to keep their business
local.

“Every year hundreds of thousands of pounds leak out of
Hull and East Yorkshire’s economy when businesses choose to locate conferences
and events outside our region,” conference sales manager for HEY Conferences,
Anna Lamb tells conference-news..

“Feedback from delegates and exhibitors has been very
positive and we hope to see an impact on the number of events in the region this
year,” says Lamb.

Head of Strategic Development for the Goodwin
Development Trust, Andrew Pittock believes the showcase could become “a
highlight of the local business calendar”.

Hull University Career Services’ Kristian Rumble came
looking for a potential venue for an event, and says: “The array of venues this
region has to offer has given me real food for thought as I didn’t know many of
them existed. I am planning events this summer and the showcase has really
helped me with that.”

Lord Mayor of Hull, Karen
Woods, says: “Huge financial investment in developing Hull and East Yorkshire’s
hotels and conference venues is taking place and will enable our region to offer
first class accommodation for any event, at the same time as providing beautiful
settings.”

Purpose-built facilities, such as Hull’s Octagon Centre, the
Spa, Bridlington and The Deep helped host events worth over £1.5m for the
region’s economy in the first six months of 2009 – more than the whole of 2008.

Hull’s recent
Freedom festival, which attracted 150,000 people, is to become an annual event
after generating £9.3m for the region’s economy.

Paul Colston

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Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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