Manchester named ‘Best UK Destination’ at International Confex

Manchester has been selected as the 'Best UK Destination' by a panel of conference industry experts at International Confex - an annual exhibition held in London for event organisers. 

The award recognises Manchester as the UK's perfect host destination for staging major conferences and events.  Visit Manchester was attending Confex along with over 30 of the city's leading hotels and conference venues.   

Andrew Stokes, chief executive of Marketing Manchester, said: "We're absolutely delighted that Manchester has won this award.  Conferences and events bring a great deal of economic benefit to the region and this kind of recognition will ensure that our corporate events industry remains strong.

"Manchester is an appealing location for conference organisers, with its dedicated conference quarter and a whole range of exceptional venues. Confex helps us to communicate that message to the industry and will help us to secure important business for the future." 

Paul Colston, managing editor of Mash Media and publishers of Conference News, said: "The Manchester Live showcase in London yesterday showed just what a strong venue proposition Manchester has built up in recent years. This allied to a huge critical mass of social, sporting and retail offers that make the city worthy of the award of Best UK Destination at International Confex 2010".

To capitalise on the presence of the international conference industry in London, Visit Manchester held a separate showcase of the city - Manchester Live - which took place at Kensington Roof Gardens and attracted over 500 of the world's top conference buyers and events organisers.  

Manchester's own Russell Watson performed an exclusive set for the invited guests.  The aftershow party offered the chance for the industry to meet with Manchester's hotels, conference venues and event suppliers.      

To see a video outlining the main highlights of Manchester's presence at this year's International Confex, please visit: www.youtube.com/marketingmanchester 
    
Partners exhibiting at International Confex included The Bridgewater Hall, The Point at Lancashire County Cricket Ground, aparthotel Roomzzz Manchester, Hilton Manchester Deansgate, Manchester Conference Centre, Radisson Edwardian Manchester Hotel, Rocco Forte's Lowry Hotel, The Midland Hotel and The Palace Hotel. 

 
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