Following a 2 year hiatus for in-person meetings, conferences are back, and with a bang! Named as the 5th most popular conferencing destination in the UK (BMEIS survey 2019), Leeds is welcoming in-person events back with open arms and has already secured a wealth of conferences for 2022, on par with pre-covid numbers in 2019. While the world isn’t waving goodbye to Zoom calls thanks to the hybrid nature of working, conference organisers are already choosing Leeds as the destination for their in-person conference, with venues across the city reporting that conference bookings are up by 600% compared to February 2021. As conferences return to the city, the Conference Leeds team are encouraging conference organisers to Explore Leeds and uncover what it has to offer. If you’re a conference organiser then stay tuned, your conference could be the next one to take place in a venue in Leeds.
Explore Leeds for your Next Conference
A conference has so much more to it than business, and Leeds is here to prove it. Celebrating its venues in all their glory, Explore Leeds is a fantastic way to discover what exactly Leeds has to offer. From Leeds Conservatoire, Oulton Hall, and Victoria Leeds, Explore Leeds tells the story of Leeds’ venues through a series of films that have event hosting at its core. Showcasing inspirational locations; historic architecture; diverse meeting, dining and reception spaces; and luxury accommodation, each film tells the story of Leeds as a world-class conference destination. As a location that is designed for its conference organisers and delegates to experience exceptional, Charlotte Podlewska, Business Development Manager at Conference Leeds guides you through each film to tell the unique story of each venue.
Claire Heap, Visitor Economy Manager at Conference Leeds said: “It’s great to see that the city is looking ahead to a positive year in 2022 and we look forward to welcoming everyone to the city.
“Lots of our venues have unique and interesting stories to be told and the Explore Leeds series is a great way of discovering more about the great range of venues that the city has to offer.”
What Leeds’ Venues have to offer
While visitors to the city of Leeds are encouraged to explore the unique architecture, spectacular interiors, and diverse meeting spaces of Leeds, the venues of the city have much more to offer than what meets the eye. Combining aesthetics with exceptional service, Leeds’ venues go above and beyond to work with conference organisers to design a bespoke event experience that fits their requirements. After all, conference organisers are people, not corporations. That’s exactly why it’s not just about booking a conference in Leeds; it’s about planning and execution. Horizon Leeds and MEETinLEEDS are just two prime examples. Having created a state-of-the-art streaming studio throughout the pandemic, Horizon Leeds allowed conferences to continue despite restrictions prohibiting people from meeting in person; and MEETinLEEDS is making a significant investment in its digital infrastructure to continue supporting events of all kinds for conference organisers. These are just two examples, and other venues in Leeds are proving that hybrid conferences are possible and are a success.
With an array of conferences already proving a success in Leeds 2022 and a host of conferences already in the pipeline, it’s time to Explore Leeds. To find out how you can experience exceptional in Leeds, visit https://www.conferenceleeds.co.uk/.