Healthcare, nuclear science and the Labour Party look set to
conference circuit in 2012 bringing an estimated economic impact of £39.8m to
Between April and May, three national healthcare science conferences by the MS
Society, British Dental Society, and British Cardiovascular Society will be
held at the Manchester Central Convention Complex, with 8,700 delegates
expected to attend.
Nuclear research represents the other key conference theme for the city, when
it plays host to three international nuclear conferences in the second half of
the year. The European Nuclear Society (ENS) will hold its Top Fuel Conference
in September, followed by The Congress of the International Nuclear Law
Association and the ENS European Nuclear Conference, in October and December, respectively.
The return of the Labour Party for its annual party conference in September (30
Sept - 4 Oct) further strengthens the city's position on the party political
conference circuit: last October saw Manchester
host the Conservative Party Conference.
Another major conference for the city in 2012 is the annual Chartered Institute
of Housing Conference and Exhibition in June with a 4,500 delegate contingent
and a £7.3m injection for the city.
Paul Simpson, managing director of Visit Manchester, said: "We're
delighted that Manchester
continues to excel in the area of conference and business tourism, which is
testament to the incredible conference facilities we have on offer.
"There have been major developments in Greater Manchester's conference
product over recent years, in terms of developing the infrastructure and
support services that organisers expect of a first-rate conference destination
and we're confident the city-region will continue to generate a significant
economic benefit from this sector in the future."
Business tourism in Manchester
attracts in the region of 4.2m delegates annually, generating some £570m for
the city's economy.
Central Convention Complex