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Tory conference worth £20m to Birmingham

Midlands set to welcome 12,000 delegates and 1,500 journalists when annual conference takes place next week

Pictured: The Conservative Party Conference takes place at ICC Birmingham on 2-5 October

The Midlands is expected to benefit from a £19.3 million economic boost when the 2016 Conservative Party Conference takes place next week.

The conference, taking place at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Birmingham, will bring 12,000 Conservative Party delegates and 1,500 journalists. Hotel occupancy is expected to average 92 per cent, but this will peak to 98.2 per cent on Tuesday 4 October, the penultimate day of the conference.

Cllr John Clancy, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: "The Conservative Party Conference provides a major opportunity to showcase an optimistic and vibrant Birmingham and I look forward to welcoming people to our young and exciting city.

"Around 12,000 delegates will visit us over the next few days, providing a significant boost of over £19 million to the city economy. But this event is about so much more than visitor numbers.

"Post-Brexit, our cities are more important than ever to the UK economy and we are keen to work closely with ministers to ensure that Birmingham – Europe's youngest city – plays a key part."

This year’s conference will be Theresa May’s first as prime minister. The party will return to Birmingham in 2018 and 2020.

Steve Hollis, deputy and interim chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), added: "The Conservatives’ return to the city is a clear endorsement of the party’s confidence in our ability to deliver first-class events."

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