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ConferenceLeeds signals international intent

New business development manager forms part of convention bureau’s newly launched conferencing city proposition

John Duncan, newly-appointed visitor economy business development manager at ConferenceLeeds

ConferenceLeeds has signalled its intentions to target international conference business with a new hire.

John Duncan has been appointed visitor economy business development manager, as part of the convention bureau’s newly launched conferencing city proposition.

Duncan’s appointment highlights ConferenceLeeds’ work to proactively target new international and national audiences as part of its new proposition. 

He said: “Leeds is an exciting conference destination with tremendous growing power and ConferenceLeeds proudly offers over 250 conference venues for hire throughout Leeds and West Yorkshire. We work collaboratively with all of our venues to ensure that we can offer a truly bespoke experience for event planners. Working in this way means I’m regularly in contact with Leeds venues as well as conference buyers across the country and across the globe, which is something I truly enjoy about the role.” 

International conferences in the pipeline for Leeds in 2016 include the Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons (AUGIS) conference and ICCA UK.

Duncan added: “My new role also allows me to regularly meet with world class speakers and industry professionals that are participating in conferences I am involved with. This, coupled with being able to offer completely tailored events for organisers, is something I relish as it means that no two days, or conferences, are ever the same.” 

Having previously worked in a business development manager role within Leeds City Council, Duncan is familiar with the city and experienced in driving sales and bringing business into the city. 

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