The Liberal Democrats are to return to York for their spring conference in 2016. The city first hosted the party’s spring conference in 2014.
VisitYork4Meetings, the business tourism brand of Make It York, announced it had secured the three-day conference, to be held 11-13 March, 2016 at York Barbican Centre.
The Novotel and Hilton are to be used as the HQ hotels for the duration of the event.
VisitYork4Meetings won its bid against other, unspecified Northern destinations to host the 2016 spring conference.
Previous host destinations for the spring conference have included Liverpool, Glasgow and Brighton.
The conference is expected to bring 2,000 delegates to York over the three days and VisitYork4meetings estimates the economic value to the city will be in the region of £600k.
Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said: “We have an extra 20,000 party members since polling day and many will be joining us in York for spring conference. York has always provided a fantastic welcome to us, it is a great city and very well located for our members from right across the UK. I am really looking forward to returning there in March.”
Andrew Sharp, head of business at Make It York, added: “We are seeing increased interest in York from across the UK and oversees as the ideal location to host a conference. The strongest evidence of York’s appeal for conferences is returning visits, so winning this bid to host the Liberal Democrats conference for the second time is a fantastic endorsement for all that York has to offer for business visitors.”
With 16,000 meetings, conferences and events taking place in York every year, the bureau says business tourism generated £140.7m in income for the city in 2014, and that represented 25% of total visitor spend.
New projects and investments include the addition of Hotel Indigo, a new boutique hotel and developments at The Grand Hotel & Spa, The Royal York Hotel, York Art Gallery and The Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre.