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The Queen officially opens Exhibition Centre Liverpool

Her Majesty opened the 8,100 sqm venue - and also paid a visit to the International Festival for Business
23/06/2016

Pictured: The Queen officially opens Exhibition Centre Liverpool

The Queen has officially opened Exhibition Centre Liverpool and its adjoining hotel Pullman Liverpool.

During a tour of the city, Her Majesty’s first stop was a visit to the International Festival for Business (IFB2016), currently taking place at the waterfront venue.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were greeted by Bob Prattey, chief executive of The ACC Liverpool Group, who welcomed the royal party to Exhibition Centre Liverpool, which launched in September last year.

They were also introduced to Max Steinberg, chairman of IFB2016 – a three-week long festival held in the exhibition centre expected to welcome 30,000 delegates and generate £265m worth of business.

The Queen and The Duke toured the festival inside the 8,100 sqm halls, before the Queen - who also opened the adjoining ACC Liverpool in 2008 – unveiled a plaque to mark the official opening of Exhibition Centre Liverpool and Pullman Liverpool.

Bob Prattey said: “It was an honour to welcome Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh back to our campus, this time to officially open Exhibition Centre Liverpool and Pullman Liverpool.

“Since the royal party visited us in 2008, our facilities have grown significantly with this additional space, which has been transformed for IFB, and with the opening of a four-star headquarters hotel.

“We were proud to update Her Majesty on the success of The ACC Liverpool Group and the fact that we have opened our doors to more than 5 million visitors to over 2,700 events, generating more than £1 billion in economic impact for the city region.”

Since it opened in September, Exhibition Centre Liverpool has hosted a range of events including MCM Comic Con, Liverpool Football Club’s Players’ Awards and RenewableUK.  

Following IFB2016, the venue has a packed programme of events such as the Labour Party Conference, the European Association of International Education and the Netball World Cup in 2019.


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