UK conference buyers hosted on exclusive familiarisation visit

Leicester Shire Promotions and conference venue partners at the Leicester Tigers, the National Space Centre, The Belmont Hotel and Mercure Leicester, The Grand Hotel have successfully hosted UK conference buyers on an exclusive familiarisation visit from 22-24 January 2016.

The visit was aimed at corporates, agents and associations responsible for organising national and international conferences. It was attended by representatives of some of the UK’s major conference buyers including Capita, Inntel, Opening Doors & Venues and Click Travel.

The itinerary included a space challenge at the National Space Centre, fun and games at Leicester Tigers along with an evening dinner at The Belmont Hotel. Attendees also took part in a history and heritage guided walking tour focusing on Leicester’s 2,000 years of history, concluding with the discovery and reinterment of King Richard III.

George Bacon, Freelance Events Organiser and Commentator said: “This visit was a revelation to discover that there's more depth to Leicester. The National Space Centre was a golden afternoon of interest and fun. King Richard III re-establishes Leicester as a city of importance in the UK. Leicester isn't a city I have focused on before but it is definitely a city that's attractive for conferences and events, especially as it's centrally located. It's great.”

Madalina Marincas, Opening Doors and Venues commented: “This visit was very informative. I've never been to Leicester before and didn't know what was available in terms of venues, leisure and history. This visit painted a very nice picture of Leicester.”

Wendy Green, Director, Days By Design said: “It was lovely to see the diversity of Leicester. The National Space Centre was amazing, Leicester Tigers offers brilliant conference facilities and the History and Heritage tour was amazing. Definitely looking at bringing future business here.”

Alison Best-Dufour, Director, Best Options commented: “Leicester has never been on my radar before. The access to Leicester is great. The visit has opened my eyes to diverse venues, history and city.”

Martin Peters, Chief Executive of Leicester Shire Promotions added: “Leicester and Leicestershire is growing a real reputation as a host destination for major conferences and events. We have a diverse and inspiring offer for conference organisers and this fam visit was an ideal opportunity to showcase a few of these venues and facilities to some of the real decision-makers in the conferencing industry.”