Liberal Democrat Conference York

VisitYork4Meetings is delighted to announce the city will host the Liberal Democrat Spring Conference in 2019, for the fourth time.

The three day event will run from the 15th – 17th March next year and is expected to bring over 1,400 conference delegates into the city. York Barbican Centre will host the main conference and exhibition alongside the Novotel as headquarters with a selection of city centre hotels providing accommodation for the conference organisers, speakers and delegates alike.

The team at VisitYork4meetings are currently working with conference organisers to finalise the event programme as well as a range of fringe events which will take place in various locations across the city.

Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said “I’m delighted we’re returning to York - I’m always grateful for the opportunity to visit my home city. York is a great and successful city, which makes for a superb conference destination.”

With just under 16,000 meetings, conferences and events taking place in York every year, business tourism generated £124.4 million in income for the city in 2017 which represented 25% of total visitor spend.  There are currently millions of pounds worth of investments underway at a number of conference and event venues across the city including the opening of a Malmaison and a Moxy hotel planned for later in 2018.

Laura Freer, VisitYork4meetings Business Tourism Marketing Manager, said, ‘Winning the bid to bring the Liberal Democrat Conference back to York for the fourth time is a real achievement for everyone involved and is testament to the city’s appeal in attracting high profile business events. It is estimated that the economic value for this event alone will exceed £1 million so it really is great event for all the businesses in York to make the most of. York has an international reputation as a world-class destination and after many years of targeting specific sectors for events we are now starting to see the benefits of this activity which in turn brings huge opportunities for the city.”

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*The British Meetings & Events Industry Survey 2017

Notes to Editors:

Following ‘York Minster to Westminster’ organised by VisitYork4Meetings, the Liberal Democrats brought their Spring Conference 2014 to York for the first time in the Party’s history. 1,400 delegates travelled to the city for the three-day event.

Make It York (York’s Destination Organisation)

Make It York’s purpose is to develop and promote the city and its surroundings – nationally and internationally - as a vibrant and attractive place to live, visit, study, work and do business. 

VisitYork4meetings is a part of VisitYork4meetings and is the business tourism brand

Under the brand VisitYork4meetings VisitYork4meetings’s aim is to market York as a quality destination for conferences, meetings and events

Key business & investment facts:

The York economy is currently worth £4.75billion (GVA), supporting around 8,610businesses and 114,000 jobs

Key tourism facts:

6.9 million Visitors annually, £564 million total visitor spend, supporting 19,000 jobs

Key business tourism facts:

  • York is easily accessible from all parts of the UK, less than 2 hours from London and Manchester, 3 hours from Scotland, 2.5 hours from Birmingham by rail and within easy reach of 5 international airports. 
  • York is unique in offering a diverse range of conference venues from the 1400 seated Barbican Centre to the Chapter House of York Minster. 
  • Business tourism in York generated a total of £124.4 million to the economy in 2017

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For further information please contact:

Gini Wilde – Scarlet Marketing


Mobile: 07967019099

Laura Freer – Business Tourism Manager, VisitYork4Meetings


Direct Line: 01904 554453

Mobile: 07891 320486