A survey conducted by the NewcastleGateshead
Convention Bureau claims £105m has been pumped into venues and hotels in and
around the twin cities.
The survey of the bureau’s 90 members gauged the investment in the region’s conference portfolio,
from January 2009 through to January 2011. It revealed that 951 hotel rooms had
been completely refurbished and 535 new bedrooms built during this time.
Other improvements included restaurant
renovation, new gymnasia and upgraded audio visual
“This survey shows that even during tougher
economic times it is important to invest in product
to always stay ahead of the game,” says Jessica Roberts, head of
business tourism at the bureau. “A large number of our venues and hotels are
doing just that, improving the conference experience for business
Northumbria University’s redevelopment includes a new-build with
500 en-suite bedrooms, to be completed at the end of the year. Four-star Close
House Hotel has built 12 new bedrooms and is completing the building of a new
championship golf course and clubhouse, due to open early next year. A new golf
academy opens in August 2010.
County Hotel by Thistle has seen extensive
refurbishments to rooms and corridors.