Landmark event promotes Manchester as a global destination for business and air links - MIDAS

Landmark event promotes Manchester as a global destination for business and air links

Manchester Airport, MIDAS and Marketing Manchester partnership event to promote global business initiative for city and region.

Manchester’s position as a central hub for global business and an international gateway to the UK will be championed at a major event attended by international business leaders at Manchester Airport.

The all-day event at Manchester Airport’s Concorde Conference Centre on Wednesday, 17th June is being staged jointly by Manchester Airport, Marketing Manchester and MIDAS, Manchester’s inward investment agency, supported by funding from the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) through its Air Services Development Fund (ASDF).

The event will be attended by international business leaders, as well as Manchester and Northwest civic and corporate executives, and is designed to position Manchester and the wider region as the best location for business, to showcase the existing and future international air routes and to celebrate the unveiling of the £80m investment in Manchester Airport.

Three panel-led discussions chaired by Brian Groom, UK business and economic editor of The Financial Times, will highlight and promote opportunities for trade and investment in the city and region over the next decade.

The breakfast session will focus on global long haul opportunities and panellists include a senior representative from Emirates airline, Geoff Muirhead, chief executive of Manchester Airport Group, and Barbara Spicer, chief executive of Salford City Council.

The lunchtime panel is focused on the USA and features Andrew Cornish, managing director of Manchester Airport, Sir Howard Bernstein, chief executive of Manchester City Council, Andrew Stokes, chief executive of Marketing Manchester, and Colin Sinclair, chief executive of MIDAS. A senior executive from American Airlines is also due to join the lunchtime panel.

The afternoon session will debate the Indian market and includes a senior representative of Indian international airline Jet Airways, Andrew Harrison, commercial director at Manchester Airport and Tim Newns, director of business development at MIDAS.

Andrew Cornish, managing director of Manchester Airport, said: “The international theme of this key event allows us to showcase Manchester Airport’s status as a global gateway to Northern England and to promote our case for being the best airport for business.”

Andrew Stokes, chief executive of Marketing Manchester, said: “This gathering represents an outstanding opportunity to boost the regional economy by attracting more corporate and leisure business to Manchester from our key international markets.”

Colin Sinclair, chief executive of MIDAS, said: “This is a landmark event in our ongoing campaign to show the world that Manchester and indeed the North West is the right choice for businesses worldwide, in support of the development of strategic air routes into and out of Manchester Airport.”

The day of events concludes with a gala dinner beneath the wings of Concorde, to be attended by business leaders and VIPs from the Manchester city region, elsewhere in the UK and overseas, and senior executives of airlines and key partner organisations. Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council Geoff Muirhead and Nick Brooks-Sykes, Acting Director of Tourism at the NWDA will host the dinner.

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