Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Big Deal as Decision Makers Go for Sage; Corporate Services to Business

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Big Deal as Decision Makers Go for Sage; Corporate Services to Business

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THE Sage Gateshead is to host the biggest commercial conference NewcastleGateshead has ever seen - and it could bring pounds 2m to the region.

Retail property organisation The British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC) will stage its 2007 conference and showcase at the venue from November 5 to 7.

NewcastleGateshead Initiative chief executive Andrew Dixon said: "This massive trade event will be the largest commercial event of this kind we have ever staged and will not only benefit the area economically but will also allow us to demonstrate the vibrancy and vitality of NewcastleGateshead as a destination in which to live work and visit.

"That this event is taking place here is down to the partnership work of Newcastle- Gateshead Convention Bureau, Gateshead Council, The Sage Gateshead and hotels across NewcastleGateshead."

The annual event regularly attracts more than 2,500 participants, including retailers, developers, landlords, architects, agents, council representatives and others interested in the retail sector.

Jessica Roberts, acting head of business tourism for Newcastle Gateshead Convention Bureau, which is part of NGI and which led the bid to attract the conference, said: "The scale and magnitude of this event simply cannot be overestimated. Early indications suggest that bringing the conference here could have an economic impact for the region of over pounds 2m.

"The calibre of delegates who are attracted to this annual event is also important and this presents us with a fantastic opportunity to showcase what we have to offer as a destination to some very influential people.

"But what is particularly significant is just how many hotels and venues throughout NewcastleGateshead are set to benefit from this conference win, with many related events set to take place across the area throughout the duration of the conference. …

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