Healthcare and nuclear science look set to dominate the city’s conference calendar in 2012.
Three national healthcare science conferences by the MS Society, British Dental Society and British Cardiovascular Society will bring a combined estimated 8,700 delegates and an economic impact of approximately £11.7m in April and May. The three conferences will be held at Manchester Central Convention Complex.
These will be promptly followed by a 4,500 delegate contingent and £7.3m injection in June, when the Chartered Institute of Housing Annual Conference and Exhibition takes place in the city.
The healthcare conference theme will continue at an international level when researchers from around the world descend on the city for the Meeting of the International Association of Breast Cancer Research in April, the 8th International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementias in September, and the Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Sleep Disorders in December.
Nuclear research is another key conference theme in 2012 as the city will host three international nuclear conferences including the European Nuclear Society (ENS) Top Fuel Conference in September, the Congress of the International Nuclear Law Association in October, and the ENS European Nuclear Conference in December.
Other significant international conferences include the British Council for Offices Annual Conference in May; the Annual Conference of European Biosafety Association in June; the European Microscopy Congress in September; and the ICA Expo Coop 2012 in October/November.
The total economic impact of the above international conferences is estimated to be £21.6m.
The Labour Party will also return in September (30 Sept – 4 Oct) for their Annual Party Conference at Manchester Central, bringing with it an expected £18.2m in economic impact. Their return further strengthens the city’s position on the coveted political party conference circuit and follows the Conservative Party Conference which took place in October 2011.
Commenting on the year ahead, Paul Simpson, managing director of Visit Manchester, said: “We’re delighted that Manchester continues to excel in the area of conference and business tourism, which is testament to the incredible conference facilities we have on offer. “It is especially encouraging to see so many science and research conferences visiting the city in 2012 given Manchester’s proud scientific history and the research of our world class Universities.
“Coincidentally, this year the city will mark the centenary of the birth of Alan Turing, one of the city’s finest scientific achievers, with numerous exhibitions and events throughout the year. Science will therefore be at the forefront of the Manchester psyche in 2012 so it’s a great year for science and research professionals to stopover.
“There have been major developments in Greater Manchester’s conference product over recent years, in terms of developing the infrastructure and support services that organisers expect of a first-rate conference destination and we’re confident the city-region will continue to generate a significant economic benefit from this sector in the future.”
Manchester’s business tourism industry generates over £570 million a year for the city-region economy and attracts some 4.2m delegates to the city. For more information about the work of Visit Manchester to attract conferences to the city, check out: www.visitmanchester.com/conference