Marketing Manchester, part of Manchester Growth Company, has appointed Stephanie Newton as its new head of business tourism.
Newton brings to the role 23 years’ experience in the hotel industry, including at the Radisson, Rocco Forte, and Marriott international.
She also possesses a good working knowledge of Marketing Manchester, following two years in the commercial development team.
The appointment comes as the business tourism industry continues to grow in Greater Manchester and the city region is ready to play host to a number of major national and international conferences in the near future, including Global Offshore Wind Conference 2016, British National Science Fiction Convention 2016, and the World Summit on Media for Children 2017.
Newton also takes the role at a pivotal time for Marketing Manchester as it works to assert Greater Manchester as a strong presence within the government’s Northern Powerhouse scheme. Among other responsibilities, she will be charged with steering delivery of business tourism activity under the Northern Tourism Growth Fund, a £10m government initiative to boost international tourism in the North of England.
She said: “It’s a great pleasure to be heading the business tourism team at such an exciting time for the industry in Manchester. I look forward to working with colleagues and partners to ensure that Greater Manchester continues to build on its reputation as a quality conference destination.”
Nick Brooks-Sykes, director of tourism at Marketing Manchester, added: “I’m thrilled to welcome Stephanie to her role and look forward to working closely with her to continue the fantastic work the business tourism team does.
“A clear challenge ahead will be to ensure that Manchester gets the most out of its tenure as European City of Science 2016, in which the city plays host to the EuroScience Open Forum. With 4,500 delegates due to descend on the city for the conference, at an estimated economic impact of £10m, the team will seek to bolster the city’s reputation as an ideal location for scientific conferences.”