With the Tories meeting in Birmingham this week for their annual conference, the last before the general election, the International Convention Centre (ICC) Birmingham, has said the Conservative Party Conference will return to the venue in 2016, 2018 and 2020.
Announcing the news during his speech to conference at the weekend, Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps MP noted that this year’s four-day event included 300 fringe events as well as the main conference, including 14,000 delegates on site.
“It is a pleasure to be back here in Birmingham. I’ve always been proud that the Conservative Party Conference has a long-term relationship with the ICC Birmingham. And I am delighted to confirm today: we will be coming back to Birmingham again in 2016, 2018, and 2020,” the Chairman said.
ICC Business Development Director Catherine Newhall-Caiger negotiated the new contract and said: “We are looking forward to working with the Conservative Party again; having hosted their event four times already, we have established excellent working relationships. We have a core team of staff who have worked on all four Party Conferences held here since 2008?It is rewarding to see it all come together after months of planning – we love the buzz it creates in and around the venue.”
Group Convention Centres MD Nick Waight, said: “We are delighted that the Conservative Party Conference will return to the ICC in 2016, 2018 and 2020.
“Our three-year deal will raise the profile of the venue and the city, and will generate substantial revenue for the region. It is estimated that the Conservative Party Conference 2014 will contribute £17m to the local economy.”
Shapps added that his party was “deeply committed to securing a better future for Birmingham. That’s why we are backing local regeneration projects like the New Street station redevelopment, and the Midland Metro extension. Bringing our Conservative Party Conference back here in future years is all part of our commitment to this city.”
This year’s autumn conference will mark the 11th political party conference the city has welcomed in the last six years with more clearly returning despite the council saying it was no longer prepared to subsidise the events.
Newhall-Caiger, said: “We have worked closely with our city partners to organise the Conservative Party Conference at the ICC.
“High profile conferences like this have a considerable impact on the city and the surrounding area.
“We’re expecting Birmingham to benefit from a £17m boost to the local economy, making this the city’s most economically significant political party conference to date.”
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