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University conferences deliver economic boost in Kent

University of Kent says bed nights sold during this summer exceeded last year's summer total of 130,000

The University of Kent has forecast an economic boost from business events and conferences this summer.

Based in Canterbury, the university says it sold 145,000 bed nights across its student accommodation during the summer and has hosted more than 60 residential conferences, including the British Society of Master Glass Painters, the International Symposium of Combinatorial Optimisation and the Elections, and the Public Opinion and Parties (EPOP) Annual Conference 2016. Last year, the university generated 130,900 bed nights during spring and summer, generating £4 million for the academic venue.

Kevin Stuckey, head of residences and conferences at Kent said: “The thousands of visitors that come and stay at the University are vitally important to both the local and regional economy and provides a real boost for tourism in the Canterbury area.” 

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