Buyers sign up for second ‘York Minster to Westminster’ showcase

Buyers from The Royal Society of Medicine, The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) are among those signed up to attend VisitYork4Meetings’ second annual ‘York Minster to Westminster’ showcase. 

The 2014 edition is scheduled to take place at the Houses of Parliament and The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster on 5 March.

Twenty York venues and service providers will come to London to meet with pre-qualified conference organisers and booking agents, including Reservations 2000 and Event Pro.

VisitYork4Meetings, the business tourism arm of Visit York, will also work with Visit England to bring a group of 10 international incentive buyers to the event.

East Coast trains continue to sponsor the event, providing all buyers with complimentary return rail travel to experience York for themselves.

New venues attending the showcase this year include The Jorvik Group, the medieval Barley Hall and archaeology based attraction, DIG. Other venues participating for the first time include the Hotel Du Vin & Bistro and Hilton York.

Laura Freer, Business Tourism Manager at VisitYork4Meetings says she hopes to build upon the momentum gained last year.

“We have benefitted from word of mouth and positive recommendations already this year, with 25 buyers confirmed prior to our formal invite being sent.”  

Rikki Ellsmore, Conference Manager at CIPFA believes the event will provide a good opportunity to build relationships with York suppliers including finding out about what is on offer. “York is a great location, just two hours from London by train, so I am looking forward to find out more from the team at Visit York.”

The inaugural York Minster to Westminster event took place in 2013, attended by 60 event buyers including the Liberal Democrats’ Head of Conferences and Events who confirmed the party’s Spring Conference in York in for March 2014.

It will be the first time the party will have held its annual conference in York and 1,400 delegates are expected for the three-day event contributing an estimated £600,000 to the local economy.

York Minster to Westminster will again receive cross-party support from York MPs, with Hugh Bayley (Labour) and Julian Sturdy (Conservative) MP sponsoring the event in the Houses.

The showcase will include afternoon tea for delegates at the Houses of Parliament plus a behind the scenes tour, followed by a York Showcase and buyer appointments at The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre.

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Paul Colston


Paul Colston

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