One of Britain’s biggest trade union conferences is to return to Blackpool, tourism agency VisitBlackpool has announced.
The GMB will stage its annual congress in the new conference centre next to the Winter Gardens in June 2020, bringing 1,000 delegates over five days.
It is the first major national conference to sign up for the new venue, which is due to open in May 2019.
The trade union, which has 600,000 members across the UK and Europe, has also revealed that it plans to use the proposed new hotel at The Sands Venue on Central Promenade as its conference base. The hotel is due to open for business in autumn 2018.
Tim Roache, GMB general secretary, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be back in Blackpool in 2020 and looking forward to trying out the impressive new facilities.
“The GMB has spent many happy times in Blackpool over the years, so we’re really looking forward to bringing our congress to the Fylde Coast once again.”
Councillor Simon Blackburn, leader of Blackpool Council described the booking as “fantastic news for Blackpool”.
“We are delighted that the GMB have chosen to host their annual congress in the resort, and I look forward to welcoming them,” Cllr. Blackburn added. “The Trade Union movement have been great supporters of Blackpool over decades, and I’m sure this will be the first of many Union conferences heading our way.”
Michael Williams, MD at Winter Gardens, Blackpool added: “We are delighted that the GMB have chosen to return to Blackpool for their annual conference. Their confidence in the resort is testimony to the ongoing investment not only in the Winter Gardens but also across the resort.”