Manchester secures £55m in conference contracts

As the Conservative Party pulled out of Manchester following its autumn conference at Manchester Central, the party signed off on new contracts that will see them return to Manchester for their big autumn party conferences in 2013 and 2015.

It is estimated the deal will be worth £55m for the city-region economy.

Manchester Central will again be host venue for the event.

Andrew Stokes, Chief Executive of Marketing Manchester, said: “This week, the city delivered another first-class event for the Conservative Party. The success of the 2009 and 2011 conferences is testament to Manchester’s partnership approach and we are thrilled to announce that this has enabled us to secure two future Conservative Party Conferences – 2013 and 2015 – for Manchester.

“Business tourism is vital to the Greater Manchester economy. Conferences such as these have a long lead time, but it is important that we invest resource in winning these conferences now to ensure long term economic stability for tourism businesses,” he said.

Chief Executive of Manchester Central, Angie Robinson, added: “We have received wonderful feedback from delegates regarding Manchester Central and the warm welcome they have received from the city of Manchester. We are delighted the Conservative Party has chosen to return for a further two conferences.”

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