Region Nets Major Marine Conferences; Meetings Are Worth Pounds 500m to Economy

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Byline: Rob Pattinson

THE region's growing conference industry has received another boost with two more bookings set to bring pounds 500m into the North East.

The International Conference on Advances in Marine Structures, will come to NewcastleGateshead in May next year, followed by the 15th International Conference on Marine Corrosion & Fouling, in July.

As part of The Journal's Think North East First campaign we urged the region to do all it can to bring wealth to the North East, including attracting conferences and conventions.

The confirmation of these science meets represents a double success for NewcastleGateshead Initiative's ambassador programme. The scheme sees leading academics from the region urge their professional associations and bodies to choose the region for large-scale meetings suited to the facilities on offer at venues including the Sage Gateshead and Newcastle Civic Centre.

Gill Pilkington, conference development manager at NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, said: "NewcastleGateshead has a long and proud maritime history and holding major international marine sector conferences demonstrates North East England's current strengths in this industry.

"Our Conference Ambassador Programme is proving extremely successful due to the passion and expertise of our researchers and academics who have cultivated world-class research centres in NewcastleGateshead.

"It is a real testament to their enthusiasm that major conferences are coming to our beautiful destination, attracting high-profile individuals from all over the world.

"The Convention Bureau provides free support and guidance to any potential conference ambassador who is bidding for these highly-competitive conferences and events." Tony Clare, Professor of Marine Science at Newcastle University, led the bid for NewcastleGateshead to host the International Congress on Marine Corrosion & Fouling when the conference met in Rio de Janeiro, in 2007. …


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