The Head of Tourism and Leisure at Brighton & Hove City Council, which incorporates the VisitBrighton Convention Bureau, Adam Bates, is to leave his position at the end of 2013 following 10 years at the helm.
Bates will be leaving the tourism body with the aim of setting up a destination comparison website for conference organisers called Venuesadvisor.com. He hopes to have this up and running in the New Year. Bates described the site as UK-based but international and high-end. He told Brighton & Hove News: “It’s Trip Advisor for the conference trade”.
“We’re obviously sad that Adam is leaving but appreciate he has pastures new to conquer,” says BHCC’s Assistant Chief Executive, Paula Murray. “He’s seen the city through some challenging times and has made a significant contribution to our tourism strategy.
“He’s built up a strong team and we know we’re well equipped to continue to maintain Brighton’s justly deserved reputation as an attractive destination for business and leisure visitors. We wish him all the best with his new venture and look forward to announcing his successor in due course.”
Brighton and Hove, which attracts some eight million visitors a year, is known as a conference destination heavyweight. It is currently gearing up for an influx of 10,000 delegates due to descend on the city for the Labour Party Annual Conference from 22-25 September 2013. http://www.conference-news.co.uk/news/2012/01/27/VisitBrighton-wins-2013-Labour-Party-Conference/3971
The 5,000-capacity Brighton Centre, located on the city’s seafront, will host the conference with the adjacent Hilton Metropole as the main headquarters hotel.
Conference business contributes significantly to the local economy year-round with high-profile annual party conferences, trade unions and a host of academic, medical and religious organisations among those who use the city for their events.
Julia Gallagher, VisitBrighton’s Convention Bureau manager, adds: “Adam has made a huge contribution to the bureau and we look forward to building on our past success and increasing our share of the market.
“Conference business is hard won but with many of our flagship venues having benefitted from comprehensive refurbishment programmes this year, we’re in a strong position going forward and this all adds to the significant range of benefits the city has to offer conference organisers who choose us for their events.”
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