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Conservative party conference to generate £30m for Manchester

The Conservative party returns to Manchester this Sunday for its annual conference

Pictured: Manchester Central

The Conservative party conference is set to give a £30m boost to Manchester's local economy.


Prime minister Theresa May, the cabinet, Conservative MPs and around 12,000 delegates and exhibitors will meet at Manchester Central from Sunday 1 to Wednesday 4 October.


This is the fifth Conservative party annual conference to be held in Manchester since 2009. The conference and extensive programme of fringe events will provide a boost to hotels, restaurants, attractions and bars across the city.


Sheona Southern, managing director of Marketing Manchester, said: “Manchester is pleased to welcome the Conservative party conference. The event is a fantastic opportunity for the city, not just in terms of the economic impact of visitor spend, but also in demonstrating Manchester’s strengths as a comprehensive conference destination and area of political significance.


“The prime minister and chancellor have recently taken steps to renew their commitment to the Northern Powerhouse initiative, and we look forward to hearing how the party will work with Manchester and other cities across the North of England as our development continues”


Shaun Hinds, chief executive of Manchester Central, said: “This is the biggest event in our diary and the team at Manchester Central is primed to deliver yet another successful conference on behalf of the city. 


“This will be the ninth political party conference Manchester Central has hosted, which further establishes the city’s status as a leading conference and events destination. Without doubt, we will showcase the very best of what the venue and the wider city has to offer.”


Business tourism generated £810m for the Greater Manchester economy in 2015, attracting 4.5million delegates to the city. Conference and business events were estimated to support 21,900 direct jobs within Greater Manchester, and 40,100 jobs to the UK, when including the indirect jobs in the supply chain.

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