NewcastleGateshead takes conference gold

NewcastleGateshead takes conference gold

NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau has won the Best Industry Partnership award, for their work with Newcastle University in attracting large scale conferences to the region.

The bureau helps to attract and secure major national and international conferences and events for the region, acting as a central point of contact for all conference organisers, providing advice and local knowledge.

The conference ambassador programme, delivered in partnership with Newcastle University, works with academics, researchers, medical and business professionals to bring events to the North East, from the UK and around the world.

Re-launched in 2014 the programme has been hugely successful attracting a range of events, and benefiting the local economy.

The prize came at the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) annual awards

Paul Szomoru, head of business tourism at NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, said: “We are delighted to win this award and are proud to be recognised for our approach to building partnerships across the meetings industry. It is a huge honour to be voted for by industry professionals, thank you to everyone who voted for us.

“It also highlights the high quality service we provide as well as the value and expertise of our team, who I’m immensely proud of.”

“We value the proactive and productive working relationship we hold with Newcastle University and plan to develop and grow our Conference Ambassador Programme; building on our success of the past year and this prestigious accolade.”

Abi Kelly, executive director of corporate affairs at Newcastle University, added: “This is fantastic news for both the University and NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau as we continue to build on our strong working partnership.”

 “Hosting academic conferences is one of the best ways we can raise our profile as a world-class civic university, and position the excellence of our research among our peers. Working in partnership with NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau we are maximising opportunities to bring successful professional conferences and events to Newcastle University, enhancing both the reputation of the University and NewcastleGateshead as a great destination for conferences.”