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Harrogate Convention Centre celebrates strong start to 2017

Venue wins new, major conference and secures another three years for annual exhibitions

Pictured: Harrogate Convention Centre

Harrogate Convention Centre has secured another three years for one of its big annual exhibitions and won a major new conference in what has been a strong start to 2017.

Organisers of the Harrogate Homebuilding & Renovating Show have signed up to bring the three-day public event back to the venue until 2019. Last year the event attracted around 11,000 visitors.

Meanwhile, the Convention Centre has announced it will host Spring Harvest in April next year - a large religious conference expected to bring 2,000 people to Harrogate over five days. This is the first time the event has come to the venue and it is hoped organisers will make the convention centre a regular home for the event.

Brian Dobson, head of sales and events at Harrogate Convention Centre, said: “These are two excellent contracts because they are not only a boost to us as a business but also to the town.

“We have secured thousands of extra visitors to Harrogate, which is always a good thing for the local economy.

“There was good news too from the organisers of our first two big trade exhibitions of 2017, Christmas & Gift and the BIGGA Turf management Exhibition (BTME), which both reported a rise in visitor figures.”

Held in mid-January, BTME saw 4,460 visitors through the doors at Harrogate Convention Centre, up 10 per cent on 2016. The Christmas & Gift Show, held in the first week of January, enjoyed a five per cent year-on-year visitor rise and welcomed 5,000 people.

The good news for the Convention Centre comes after a busy first quarter which has also seen the business undergo a change of name and rebranding, publish a new website and launch its ambassador programme. 

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