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NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau recognised as best in England for third year running

The NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau has landed another silver award at the prestigious M&IT Awards, earning them the title of best in England for the third year running!

The team, part of NewcastleGateshead Initiative, won silver for ‘best UK Convention Bureau’ at the Meetings and Incentive Travel Industry Awards (M&IT) 2020. With Glasgow Convention Bureau winning gold, NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau can claim to be the best in England, beating off stiff competition from many other UK cities including London and Hull who won joint bronze.

NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau helps to attract and secure major national and international conferences and events for the region, working with a wide range of venues and partners, including fellow M&IT awards finalist ‘Venues at Northumbria University’ which was recognised in the ‘Best Academic Venues’ category.

The convention bureau team acts as a central point of contact for all conference organisers, providing free, impartial advice and unrivalled local knowledge.

A key part of the overall visitor economy for the North East of England, the latest business events figures show that around 962,000 delegates visit NewcastleGateshead annually for conferences; contributing a spend of £149 million during their visit to the local economy.

Paul Szomoru, Director of Business Events at NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, said: “Three silvers in a row is an incredible achievement, and having the bragging rights for best in England for yet another year is evidence of our team’s passion, commitment and drive. And huge congrats to Glasgow on another highly successful year!

“The M&IT awards celebrate the best in the business, both nationally and internationally and are deemed the Oscars of the industry. What makes them even more meaningful is the fact that the awards are given based on clients voting for you. As a relatively small team punching well above our weight in these awards, we’re obviously over the moon to have received the silver award and would like to thank all those who took the time to vote for us.”

Organised by Meetings & Incentive Travel (M&IT) magazine, the awards event took place at Evolution London, bringing together over 1,000 international industry leaders from the conference sector to reward service and product excellence. There were 16 awards in total, voted for by the readers of M&IT Magazine.

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