Tourism bodies bullish over business visitors

A business tourism marketing body is claiming a healthy result for its efforts.

A host of medical and health conferences heading to Tyneside this autumn, according to the NewcastleGateshead Initiative.

The events are set to inject more than £800,000 to the local economy, based on a formula based on a delegate expenditure survey provided by UK National Tourist Boards.

The International Society of Paediatric Oncology and European Neuroblastoma Group’s (SIOPEN) Annual General Meeting and 4th Neuroblastoma Research Symposium is to be held at the new Crowne Plaza Hotel, 24–27 November.

Two hundred delegates will attend a range of meetings, workshops and talks over the four-day event. In addition attendees will enjoy a drinks reception at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and a conference dinner within the Great North Museum Hancock.

Professor Deborah Tweddle, professor of Paediatric Oncology at Newcastle University and chair of the local organising committee for the conference said: “The local organising committee are extremely grateful to the NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau for their help and expertise arranging this meeting.

“Newcastle University has a long standing history of internationally renowned neuroblastoma research having made major advances in the genetics and treatment of this aggressive childhood cancer over the last 20 years.”

Meanwhile, Experience Oxfordshire, the Destination Management Organisation (DMO) for the county has unveiled the new economic impact results of tourism. The study commissioned by Tourism South East shows an increase across the whole of Oxfordshire for 2014.

The new results show that in 2014 Oxfordshire welcomed 26.7 million visitors to the county, who in turn spent £1.86 billion in the local economy and supported over 32,000 jobs.

Of the 26.7 million visitors, 2.6 million were staying visitors and 24.1 million were day visitors.

The spend increased by over £45 million which was a 2.5% increase on the previous year The breakdown of expenditure is; Accommodation 13%, Retail 28%, Catering 31% Attraction/Entertainment 10%, Transport 18%.

Despite the national and regional picture showing a drop in the volume and value of domestic overnight trips, Oxfordshire saw a small a growth in domestic tourism volume. Day trips across the county increased by 0.8% and expenditure increased by 1.2%.

A spokeswoman for Experience Oxfordshire said: “Tourism South East have been commissioned to do these studies for many years and for many different DMOs across the South East – so they’ve become the benchmark for this type of research.”

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