Manchester secures £61m of conference business for 2015

Manchester is set to welcome 40 national and international associations to the city in 2015. These conferences are expected to attract 34,000 delegates and generate an estimated £61m in economic impact.
Life sciences will be a particular focus in 2015, according to Marketing Manchester, with a host of national healthcare conferences visiting Manchester between February and May. The Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, British Society for Rheumatology and British Dental Association will together bring an estimated 5,000 delegates and an economic impact of approximately £8.7m.
The first Manchester Surgical Week will take place in April bringing 2,500 international medical professionals to the city generating up to £5.8m for the local economy.
June sees the International Conference on Nanotechnology, Nanomaterials and Thin Films for Energy Applications take place. This is followed by Graphene Week 2015 (22-26 June). These meetings are expected to attract 900 delegates and generate £1m in economic impact.
“With 18 national and 22 international conferences secured, Manchester’s objective to target, and bid for, more association business through the ‘team Manchester’ partnership is proving very successful,” says Nick Brooks-Sykes, director of tourism at Marketing Manchester.
“The value of these conferences extends much further than simply the monetary value. Association meetings attract some of the world’s leading minds to come together to discuss particular subjects, helping Manchester to become known for intellect and knowledge whilst boosting our key sectors.
“I’m particularly delighted that we have so many scientific meetings slated for 2015, solidifying our position as a global science city in preparation for the prestigious EuroScience Open Forum in 2016.”
In June the emphasis will shift to advanced materials with the International Conference on Nanotechnology, Nanomaterials and Thin Films for Energy Applications (1-3 June) followed by the flagship Graphene Week 2015 (22-26 June). Together these meetings are expected to attract around 900 esteemed delegates and generate over £1 million in economic impact.
Other highlights in the city’s 2015 conference calendar include two international financial and professional services conferences from the British Insurance Brokers’ Association and the Association of Corporate Treasurers, as with the Royal Economic Society’s national conference. These meetings are expected to attract 3,700 delegates and generate £5.2m in economic benefit.
The Society for Ecological Restoration’s 6th World Congress on Ecological Restoration will take place in August over five days. Over 1,500 delegates are expected to attend generating £3.9m for the local economy.
Overall, Manchester’s business tourism industry generates £823m a year for the city-region economy and attracts 4.9m delegates to the city.
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Paul Colston


Paul Colston

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