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HIC experiences surge of activity from Confex

Harrogate International Centre (HIC) has generated a substantial number of new leads from its activities at International Confex. The event was highly successful for the north’s premier conference and event venue where it promoted everything the

region has to offer business visitors.

HIC kicked-off the week off with an Olympic themed party at Tower Bridge West Walkway, which was quoted as ‘the hottest ticket in town’ and where Eddie the Eagle Edwards was guest of honour. More than 100 event organisers and buyers attended the evening, enjoying a sumptuous three course meal with the opportunity to meet the HIC team, learn more about its facilities as well as its plans for the future.

HIC used International Confex to promote Harrogate as a destination. HIC works in partnership with local businesses and it is precisely for this reason that Harrogate is such a unique destination for conferences and events. Business tourism is fundamental to the region’s economy, generating more than £180 million annually.

Angus Houston, director at HIC, was delighted with the outcome from International Confex. He comments: “HIC functions as part of the community. At every step we promote Harrogate and the surrounding area as a destination alongside the venue. People don’t just come to Harrogate for the venue – there is far more here on offer and we continually present a cohesive and developed offering to potential clients. The show also provided us with an excellent opportunity to promote our new facilities to event organisers and buyers. HIC’s aim has always been to offer the best facilities and the new halls will only enhance our reputation. We’ve significant interest in holding events in Halls H and G and they have already been successfully used for a number of events. The development is not only good news for the venue but the region as a whole. Increasing the number of meetings, events and conferences at HIC will have a wider economic impact and will reinforce Harrogate nationally and internationally as the place to do business.”


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