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Airmic brings 2016 conference to Harrogate

1,700 delegates descend on spa town as Yorkshire hosts annual event for the first time

Pictured: Professor Brian Cox was the keynote speaker at Airmic's 2016 conference

Insurance industry association Airmic brought its 2016 conference to Harrogate, the first time the annual event has been held in Yorkshire. 

The three-day conference was held at the Harrogate International Centre, the largest exhibition centre for the conference to date. 

ConferenceLeeds was tasked with the transport and accommodation booking of the 1,700 delegates that came to the Leeds City Region during the conference. 

Susi Ozkurt, events and marketing manager at Airmic, said: “We were incredibly pleased with the success of this year’s conference. Finding accommodation for 1,700 delegates and then transporting them to the conference destination certainly isn’t an easy task, but ConferenceLeeds was able to handle everything. This meant that much of the venue liaison and arrangement of accommodation was completely alleviated, giving us more capacity to handle the successful running of the conference itself.”

The conference included 40 workshops, 120 stands and several fringe events, as well as a keynote speech from Professor Brian Cox. 

Airmic worked closely with ConferenceLeeds to arrange various site visits as well as source delegate accommodation. ConferenceLeeds also linked up with Virgin Trains East Coast as one of its partners to secure an exclusive discount rate.

Jennifer Young, head of ConferenceLeeds, added: “In light of the fact that finance and business is a key sector strength for the Leeds City Region, the conference allowed us to showcase the best of what the Leeds City Region in its entirety has to offer, showcasing the breadth of its venues - from city centre to purpose built international centres. 

“We knew the team was proactively looking for a venue in Harrogate, so the Harrogate International Centre, with over 13,700 sqm of event space, was the best possible host for such a large and vibrant conference.” 

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