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Hull prepares to welcome major conference on the conference sector

The UK’s congress and convention sector will meet in Hull this week to discuss ‘Moving Forwards – Dare to be Different’.

The two-day International Congress and Convention Association UK and Ireland Chapter Annual Conference will take place in the city from Thursday – the first live event since the pandemic.

Diane Waldron, chair, said: “We last all got together for our ICCA UK & Ireland Annual Conference in March 2020 in Wales, literally just a day or two before the first lockdown. We are very excited to once again be meeting our industry colleagues in person in Hull.”

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Held principally at The Guildhall, it will discuss and explore various themes, including equality, diversity, inclusion and sustainability. As well as hosting, Hull will also be a focus.

Jacqui Gay, from the economic development and regeneration team at Hull City Council will present on ‘Taking Hull from Crap Town to City of Culture’ – with a perspective of what’s next regarding social and community legacy.

Katy Duke, chief executive at The Deep and Hull Conference Ambassador, and Professor Mark Lorch, Professor of Science Communication at the University of Hull, who brought the British Science Festival to Hull in 2018, will also address.

Councillor Daren Hale, leader of Hull City Council, will open the conference.

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He said: “We have made great strides in improving our reputation as a first-class congress and convention destination so I’m delighted that the ICCA UK and Ireland Annual Conference is taking place in Hull this year – especially considering that it is their first live event since the pandemic. This is a fantastic example of the faith that organisations have in choosing Hull as their conference destination, and the strength of our venues, attractions and experiences.

“Hull is a unique and vibrant city, making it an ideal location for conferences and events. The UK congress and convention industry is worth billions of pounds, meaning that attracting events and organisations gives a significant boost to our local economy and businesses.”

The conference and meetings industry is worth approximately £18 billion annually to the UK economy and Hull has positioned itself as an ideal location to host conferences. The city offers a range of unique locations, event spaces, experiences and activities, from hotels with roof top bars to ferries.

Hull has a dedicated conference team which provides a range of services to support organisations interested in hosting a convention, congress or event in the city.

Last year, Hull was recognised as one of the country’s most attractive and desirable places to host conferences and events.

Conference Hull, part of the council’s Visit Hull team, was awarded the Bronze Award in the Best UK Convention Bureau category at the M&IT Industry Awards.

Since 2018 the city has hosted a number of prestigious national events, such as the British Science Festival and the British Chess Championships.

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