The UK’s NewcastleGateshead hosted the Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP) board meeting this month.
The BVEP is an umbrella organisation which represents trade and professional organisations, government agencies in the business visits and events sector.
The board meeting was also followed by a trip showcasing NewcastleGateshead as a destination for major business events.
BVEP board members were welcomed at the rooftop viewing platform of the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, where they could see the 15-acre Gateshead Quays site.
The £250m investment will provide a new international convention and exhibition centre which will open in 2023.
The visit included a tour of Newcastle Helix, a landmark 24-acre hybrid city quarter development, the National Innovation Centre for Data and the National Centre for Energy Systems Integration.
Michael Hirst, OBE and chair of BVEP, said: “We were impressed with everything we saw on our trip, NewcastleGateshead truly is a remarkable destination for business events.
“The investment and regeneration being carried out across NewcastleGateshead and in particular the Helix site, is certainly something all those connected with it can be proud of.
“There’s no doubt the addition of these facilities and the future completion of Gateshead Quays, will position the city as a world class destination for innovation, research and major events.”
Paul Szomoru, director of business events, NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, said: “It was an honour to be able to showcase NewcastleGateshead to the BVEP board and for them to witness first-hand the significant investment which is being carried out across our region.
“This will act as a catalyst to an already growing and fantastic conference, events and delegate experience offering. During the trip we wanted board members to experience this with an in-depth tour of Newcastle Helix which is home to two national centres of innovation for aging and data.
“The buildings we visited on the Helix site included; Urban Sciences Building, a living laboratory and an exemplar of world-class research and education in digital technology, The Biosphere which is a unique eco-system of commercial laboratory space and The Core, home to a mix of knowledge-based, research-led businesses.
“We’re very proud of our business events offering which can only be achieved through our fantastic partnerships with hotels, venues, restaurants and attractions.