VisitBrighton has secured the return of the Liberal Democrats Annual Conference for 2018. The conference will take place at the Brighton Centre in September 2018. The event usually attracts a delegation of over 5,000 people, generating up to £10m in economic benefit for the city.
The LibDem conference team has appointed VisitBrighton Convention Bureau as the sole accommodation partner for the event, which means all attendees and exhibitors will book their accommodation through VisitBrighton’s online booking system.
Commenting on the win, Howard Barden, Brighton & Hove City Council’s head of tourism & venues, said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming back the LibDems and thrilled they’ve chosen to use our accommodation booking service which we know can take out the leg-work and uncertainty of finding accommodation across the city.”
Lydia Dumont, head of conferences at the Liberal Democrats said: “Our decision to go back to Brighton was based on the positive feedback received from delegates who attended our Autumn Conference in 2016. The city is a preferred destination for our members because it has so much to offer outside of conference and this just adds to the whole delegate experience.
“Brighton is an exciting and vibrant city with all venues situated close to the city centre and local amenities which offers delegates variety and flexibility throughout conference.
“The space at the Brighton Centre is ideal for onsite registration which sometimes has to take place at a different venue in other cities. The Lib Dem conference team particularly enjoy working with the Brighton Centre staff who are extremely helpful, professional and flexible”.