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The Manchester Convention Bureau has been shortlisted for ‘Best UK Convention Bureau’ at the prestigious M&IT Awards, an annual awards ceremony celebrating the best of the corporate events industry in the UK and overseas. 


With more than 35 years of experience in the corporate and incentive events industry, M&IT – Meetings & Incentive Travel – is the event industry’s leading corporate event magazine.  


The M&IT Awards celebrate the most dedicated and innovative professionals and suppliers from the meetings and incentive industry. 


The “Best UK Convention Bureau” award, which is sponsored by Hand Picked Hotels, is voted for by event organisers from across the UK and is part of the industry’s only independently audited award ceremony. 


Manchester Convention Bureau team has been shortlisted alongside Glasgow Convention Bureau, Liverpool Convention Bureau, London & Partners, Newcastle Gateshead Convention Bureau, Visit Belfast and Visit Scotland. 


Other award categories span the breadth of this diverse industry and include Best UK Unusual Venue, Best Event Provider, Best Tech Provider and Best Airline. 


After what has been a challenging few years for business tourism, with in-person events only making a comeback in the last six months, it’s more important than ever to celebrate the achievements of those working to bring the industry back to its feet. 


Business tourism and the Manchester Convention Bureau plays a year-round role in economic growth and improving the region’s reputation in its core sectors and beyond. The conferences and business events hosted in Greater Manchester in 2017 were worth £862m to the economy with a further £430m projected to be generated from delegates returning for leisure. 


This award celebrates the dedication of the team, the calibre of conferences they bring into the city also the quality of Manchester’s event spaces and conference capabilities. 


Stephanie Newton, Head of Business Tourism at Marketing Manchester says; “After what has been a difficult few years for business tourism, it’s great to see the industry bouncing back, and even better to see the Manchester Convention Bureau recognised for its efforts by such a prominent industry brand. This nomination is a reflection of the team’s determination and hard work through a challenging period and reaffirms Manchester’s position as a world-class conference destination.  


“As the events industry continues to regain momentum and we welcome more overseas visitors once again, I’m confident that the Manchester Convention Bureau will be able to continue this success, bringing more delegates into the city and ensuring they experience all that Manchester has to offer.”  


The M&IT Award winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at Evolution London on Friday 9 September. 


You can view the full list of nominees here