Conservative Party Conference worth £29m to city-region economy

The Conservative Party returns to Manchester in October for its Annual Conference, an event that is expected to generate £29m for the local economy.

Prime Minister David Cameron, the cabinet, Conservative MPs and around 12,000 delegates and exhibitors will meet at Manchester Central from Sunday 4 to Wednesday 7 October.

This is the fourth Conservative Party Annual Conference that will be held in Manchester since 2009. The conference and extensive programme of fringe events will provide a boost to hotels, restaurants, attractions and bars across the city.

Andrew Stokes, chief executive of Marketing Manchester, part of Manchester Growth Company, said: "We are proud to be welcoming the first major political party conference after the general election. The Northern Powerhouse is firmly on the political agenda and this is an opportunity to showcase the best Manchester has to offer. As well as boosting our city's profile the conference will also boost its economy as delegates and exhibitors spend in our hotels, bars, restaurants and shops."

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: "Manchester's status as a host city for major events has been firmly established in recent years, whether it's cultural and sporting spectaculars or political conferences such as this or the Labour Party Conference. Large scale events such as this represent a significant boost to the city both in economic and reputational terms. I'm glad that thousands more delegates will have the opportunity to experience what Manchester has to offer."

Angie Robinson, chief executive of Manchester Central, said: "The team at Manchester Central has nearly ten years' experience in putting on highly successful party conferences and is primed to deliver another outstanding event for the Conservative Party. The venue will well and truly be under the media spotlight and we're looking forward to showing off the very best that Manchester Central and the wider city has to offer."

Business tourism generated £823m in 2013 for the Greater Manchester economy. It also supports Greater Manchester's £7bn tourism industry attracting over 109 million visits per year and supporting 88,915 jobs.

For more information about the Conservative Party Annual Conference here.


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