The Liberal Democrat Conference returned to York this month. The three day conference was held 11- 13 March 2016 at York Barbican Centre with the Novotel and Hilton used as the party conference headquarters for the duration of the event.
The conference brought over 2,000 delegates to the city over the 3 days and VisitYork4meetings estimates the economic value to the city will be in the region of £600k.
VisitYork4Meetings bid against other Northern destinations to host the 2016 Spring conference and this successful outcome builds on the city’s history of first hosting the event in March 2014. Other previous host destinations include Liverpool, Glasgow and Brighton.
Tim Farron Leader of the Liberal Democrats:
“York has always provided a fantastic welcome to us, it is a great city and very well located for our members from right across the UK. I am really looking forward to returning there.”
Andrew Sharp Head of Business at Make It York:
“We are seeing increased interest in York from across the UK and oversees as the ideal location to host a conference. The strongest evidence of York’s appeal for conferences is returning visits, so winning this bid to host the Liberal Democrats conference for the second time is a fantastic endorsement for all that York has to offer for business visitors.”
With over 16,000 meetings, conferences and events taking place in York every year, business tourism generated £140.7 million in income for the city in 2014 which represented 25% of total visitor spend. There are currently new streams of investment and new developments underway at a number of venues that will expand York’s conference and meetings portfolio as well as offering new historic and unusual venues. Projects include the addition of Hotel Indigo, a new boutique hotel and developments at The Grand Hotel & Spa, The Royal York Hotel, York Art Gallery and The Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre.