Marketing Manchester is to host destination showcases in Glasgow and Birmingham over the coming week as part of a campaign to promote the city as a leading conference destination.
The first showcase, a networking lunch for event organisers to meet with representatives of several Manchester venues, takes place at The Corinthian Club in Glasgow on 6 October.
A second showcase will be held at Ikon Gallery in Birmingham on 13 October.
Venues taking part in the two showcases include Bolton Whites Hotel and Events, Emirates Old Trafford, Hilton Manchester Deansgate, The Lowry Hotel, Macdonald Manchester Hotel and Spa, Manchester Conference Centre & the Pendulum Hotel, Marriott Manchester Victoria & Albert Hotel, Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel, Museum of Science and Industry, The Place Aparthotel, Radisson Blu Edwardian Free Trade Hall, Transpennine Express, The University of Manchester and University of Salford.
Nick Brooks-Sykes, director of tourism at Marketing Manchester, claimed the city’s conferencing offer had gone from strength to strength in recent years.
“We’ve had some significant international conferences choosing the city, an array of new hotel openings, and a continuing property boom offering up new bars, restaurants and events spaces all across the region,” he said.
“This year marked the launch of direct Beijing-Manchester flights, the first direct scheduled flight from mainland China to anywhere in the UK outside of London, with upcoming routes to San Francisco, Boston and Houston to look forward to. Now we’re heading to Glasgow and Birmingham to spread the message that these growing connections make Manchester an ideal location to host an event with international influence,” he added.
Meanwhile, the inaugural Northern Enterprise 2016 Conference, Exhibition and Awards is to be held at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester, on 13 October. The one-day event is designed to shape and drive the devolution agenda in the north and demonstrate how the social sector can lead the Northern Powerhouse through innovation and values implicit in the social economy.
Speaking is minister for civil society, RT Hon Rob Wilson and RT Hon Hazel Blears, who will lead a round table discussion.