Manchester Central strengthens International Association sales team

Manchester Central has strengthened its International Association sales team as the venue looks to build on the city’s success in the 2013 International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) City Rankings.

Manchester rose 10 places to 68th in the latest ICCA City Rankings, and sits in third place in the UK with 34 ICCA approved meetings in 2013.

Manchester Central appointed Elizabeth Conboy as Association Sales Manager last year, and this month the team was bolstered further with the addition of an International Association Researcher.

Laura Tully has joined Manchester Central to provide the venue with international association research expertise, after working for Visit Blackpool’s Business Tourism team.

Conboy and Tully join Lisa Carter, who has worked at the venue as International Association Senior Manager for more than five years.

“I am thrilled that Manchester is now the leading UK non-capital for hosting international conferences and that Manchester Central has played such a key role within this progress,” says Chief Executive of Manchester Central, Angie Robinson.

“However, we must not rest on our laurels. We have put together an excellent team at Manchester Central to ensure we continue to increase the amount of international associations choosing our city, building on its academic and sector strengths.”

“Our team will work closely with Visit Manchester to sell not just our venue, but also our city as a destination. I am confident that we will continue to see excellent growth in this market over the next five years.”

Paula Lorimer, Sales Director of Manchester Central, added: “With our recent additions we have an excellent mix of talent and research expertise, which will help us to continue the upward trend of international clients choosing Manchester.”  

Recent wins for Manchester Central include International Surgical, scheduled for April 2015, and the XXIV International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry in 2016.

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