Brighton has won its bid to host trade union GMB’s annual national congress in 2019.
The five-day event was last held in the city in 2012.
The 2019 congress, which will take place at The Brighton Centre, is expected to attract 850 delegates, visitors and exhibitors and generate £2m worth of economic benefit.
“We’ve had a bumper year of conference wins so far this year and this is another significant addition to our business balance sheet,” said Julia Gallagher, VisitBrighton’s Head of Sales. “We’ve had a positive response from GMB delegates who have come to the city in previous years and look forward to welcoming them back in 2019.”
Steve Short, GMB Executive Officer, added: “GMB Congress is an important annual event in the union. Consequently, the Executive Council takes great care to find venues that are suitable for the event. Brighton ticks a lot of boxes as a destination and we always receive positive feedback from delegates who stay in the city.
“The Brighton Centre’s central location makes it easy to get to and, as a purpose built venue, it has the range of flexible space needed to accommodate a varied programme and accommodate all delegates, including those with access needs,” Short said.
The GMB Congress will take place in Dublin in 2015, Bournemouth in 2016 and Plymouth in 2017. The 2018 congress destination has yet to be confirmed.
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