Cambridge breaks all records for conference traffic
Cambridge has received record levels of conference trade over the last 12 months despite the international economic slowdown.
Conference Cambridge, the official free venue-finding service for the University of Cambridge and the colleges, has taken enquiries to the value of £26 million versus £19m last year and booked £4.7m of business, topping last year’s total of £4.3m.
The key area of growth was in the academic sector where both the number of events and the value of those bookings increased.
Projections for 2011-12 are also looking buoyant for the UK university city. An estimated £1.5m worth of business has been taken in the first month of the new financial year, representing £0.5m more business compared to July 2010.
Kelly Vickers, manager of Conference Cambridge said: “It is particularly encouraging to see an increase in our results over the last 12 months to the end of June 2011.
“What this clearly shows is that Cambridge is a winner on the world stage in terms of attracting events, particularly international conferences from all over the globe.
“Earlier this year we secured five major international event wins, worth a total of £750k and bringing around 2,000 people to Cambridge over the next two years. All of these involve several of our venues working together to deliver the programme, including social events.”
Conference Cambridge was established in 1998 and represents 36 venues including 28 Cambridge colleges, as well as university sites, Faculty buildings, Cambridge University Press and the Møller Centre. A total of 550 function rooms and 6,500 bedrooms are in its portfolio.