Hull has made the top 20 for most visited English cities for business trips, according to a recent survey by national tourist board VisitEngland. The city reports a nine per cent increase on business events.
The Hull and East Yorkshire Conferences team has been working closely on a range of initiatives with both public and private sectors to raise the profile of the area as a key destination on both the national and international stage.
“With a host of superb events venues, and as one of England’s primary centres of excellence in the fields of healthcare and renewable energies, Hull is well placed to attract business visitors,” says Head of Business and Events at VisitEngland Simon Gidman. “Its new top 20 position in the Great Britain Tourism Survey most visited business cities for 2012 reflects this.
“I am pleased to be working with the team at Visit Hull and East Yorkshire to attract more prestigious business events to the region and I’m delighted that they are taking advantage of the opportunities provided by VisitEngland’s Regional Growth Fund to boost their international profile as well,” says Gidman.
Councillor Steven Bayes, Hill City Council Portfolio Holder for Visitor Destination, adds: “This top 20 position is fantastic. Conferences and business visits are a key contributor to our local economy, and we have recently welcomed delegates from over 40 countries to a variety of conferences held in our area and we are keen to attract more. We have a real sense of success at the moment from Hull City’s Premier League status, to Hull being shortlisted for the 2017 City of Culture, and this is another great result to add to these recent achievements.”
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