The former International Association Sales Manager at Edinburgh International Conference Centre Adrian Evans has been announced as the new Head of the NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau. The appointment follows the departure of Jessica Roberts as Head of Business Tourism in December.
Evans joins the Bureau as Senior Business Tourism Manager and brings knowledge of the association market and experience of working in some of the UK’s largest conference centres. He moved to the conference and events sector in 2000, joining what is now Manchester Central as Corporate Sales Manager. Evans worked for five years as part of the team responsible for opening the Manchester International Convention Centre, before moving north of the border and then on to Q Hotels to launch the conference hotel chain’s association sales function.
Evans said he was “delighted” to join the team at NewcastleGateshead.
“I have been impressed with the tenacity and dedication displayed in driving forward business tourism for the destination and I hope to bring my experience from a cross-section of the conference sector to lead and enhance the overall strength of the existing team,” he said.
The bureau is part of destination marketing and management organisation, NewcastleGateshead Initiative whose Chief Executive Sarah Stewart said: “We are thrilled to welcome Adrian to NewcastleGateshead Initiative. It is an exciting time for the organisation, as our latest figures show that business tourism is worth an estimated £277m annually to the destination. I have no doubt that Adrian’s skills and experience will help the team grow their successful track record in attracting high profile national and international events.”
NewcastleGateshead Initiative has said it will continue, in partnership with the private sector, to push for an International Conference and Exhibition Centre (ICEC) on Gateshead Quays, a project shelved due to government spending cutbacks and disappearance of the regional development association.
“I hope that my experience gained working within major venues like Manchester and Edinburgh will assist in the development of the proposed ICEC,” said Evans.
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