Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Calibre of Conferences Is Testament to Quality
DESPITE the tough economic times, exciting developments continue to unfold in NewcastleGateshead's conference industry. Increasingly, big-hotel brands and businesses are demonstrating their confidence and commitment to the destination.
Hotels such as the Thistle Newcastle, Copthorne Newcastle and Newcastle Marriott MetroCentre have invested heavily in new facilities.
Further plans have been unveiled for new hotel stock, including a 127-room Staybridge Suites which opens this month, a new 200-bed Jurys Inn at Baltic Quays set to open next year, and developments are under way for a new four-star, 180-bed airport hotel.
A stunning new five-star hotel, Rockliffe Hall, is also due to open at the end of this year just outside Darlington, only 40 minutes' drive from NewcastleGateshead.
Plus a 169-room, four-star hotel known as the Sandman Signature is to be built on the former Scottish & Newcastle Breweries site in Newcastle city centre which is due to open to business in summer 2011.
These exciting developments are boosting NewcastleGateshead's reputation as one the UK's leading conference destinations and, as a result, a number of high-profile events have been secured.
Unison, Britain biggest public-sector trade union, will host its Black Members' Conference in January 2010 in NewcastleGateshead with 500 delegates expected to attend.
A month later, the Unison National Women's Conference will return to Newcastle- Gateshead, attracting around 700 delegates. …