The International Association of Language Centres (IALC) is preparing to hold its first UK event in 27 years, with Leeds and York set to host its flagship conference, 7-10 April 2016.
Working alongside the IALC team and local IALC-accredited English language schools CES Leeds and Melton College in York, ConferenceLeeds has brought together The Marriott Hotel, The Queens Hotel, Royal Armouries International and The Victoria Quarter to deliver the event.
The event brings together owners of high quality independent language schools from 22 countries, and study travel agents who recruit international students to study abroad from over 35 countries.
Over 350 delegates will be invited to the four-day Yorkshire event.
The annual flagship conference changes location each year and previously IALC has chosen cities including Brisbane, Lisbon, Toronto, Shanghai, Galway, Milan, Munich, Cape Town and St Petersburg.
The main IALC conference will be held in Leeds, while Melton College, York, will be the delegates’ evening destination on the Friday night, with additional optional visits to the city before and during the event.
IALC events manager Hollie Coffey said: “We’re really excited to hold our first IALC event in the UK for 27 years in Leeds and York. At present, the most popular UK study destinations for international students are London, or the south coast, but with cities such as Leeds and York offering students a vibrant and friendly atmosphere – often teamed with cheaper living costs – we want to showcase everything that Yorkshire has to offer. ConferenceLeeds’ multi-venue approach, teamed with the city’s vibrant energy will make the event a big success.”
Delegates will initially participate in the annual AGM, strategy and committee meetings for two days and then, once the agents arrive, the main conference will begin.
This will be followed by two days of one-to-one meetings, in a speed dating style. Delegates will enjoy dinners and receptions each evening, which will be held in a variety of locations around the city such as Shabab, Crafthouse, Victoria Quarter, The Queen’s Hotel Ballroom and the two host schools CES Leeds and Melton College – showcasing the variety of destinations and culture that Leeds and York have to offer.
Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake said the news signalled exciting times for Leeds. “We’re looking forward to welcoming the IALC event next year. Our multi-venue approach means a tailored proposition has been created to suit this unique international event, attracting leading language industry figures from around the world to come together in Leeds.”