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Harrogate’s HIC – the home of medical events

Harrogate, and in particular the Harrogate International Centre is achieving worldwide renown as the ideal destination for events in the medical sector.

The Harrogate International Centre has increasingly become a popular destination with a number of high profile medical conferences taking place at the centre in 2010.

Alison Griffin, head of sales and marketing at Harrogate said: “We were pleased to see the growing number of medical and health related conferences taking place. Events within the health sector are complex to organise, involving a number of issues that need careful attention – particularly around security, sensitivity and discretion.  HIC provides the flexibility and space needed for such conferences, and our dedicated staff are well trained to co-ordinate these types of events.”

Some of the healthcare sector events that took place at HIC in 2010 included: •    European Academy for Paediatric Dentistry – brings delegates together from over 20 countries •    Wounds UK – hosted a gala dinner for all 1300 of their conference delegates •    Association of Perioperative Practice – which will return in 2014 for their 50th Anniversary event •    Association of Anaesthetists – with former paralympics athlete Tanni Gray Thompson a keynote speaker

Vi Guyan, operations director, Wounds UK said: “The conference in 2010 was the best ever for Wounds UK. As usual HIC staff were at their best. They carry out their business in a professional manner and are always ready to help solve any problems we may have. All members of the HIC staff are very willing to assist Wounds UK and no task is a problem for them. All this is done in a friendly manner which helps a lot when everyone is busy.”

Alison concludes: “As the venue continues to grow through the launch of our new halls we are already seeing interest from additional medical sector events and associations.  For many Harrogate is the ideal location, a perfect blend of convenience, easy access and the highest possible service levels.”

A few moments in the life of Nadene Lennon

Exciting developments at HIC as organisations book into the next decade…

Despite the current economic situation, many companies are forward planning years and sometimes decades ahead. With Harrogate International Centre (HIC) due to open new exhibition halls in 2011, it’s been a busy time for Sales Account Executive Nadene Lennon, who deals with Future Years bookings as well as the Associations sector. HIC and Harrogate have a very special relationship, with each feeding business to the other, and Nadine knows that without HIC, Harrogate would be a very different place – and without Harrogate, HIC wouldn’t be able to provide such an unique location for exhibitions and events.

Recently, Nadene has been very busy organising familiarisation visits – known as “fam visits”. Tailored to meet each client’s requirements, familiarisation visits give exhibition and event organisers the chance to experience HIC and Harrogate for themselves. Prospective clients are collected from nearby York, Leeds or Harrogate railway stations and given a tour around HIC. They also visit Harrogate and are shown around some of the hotels that will provide accommodation to delegates. The visit normally takes in lunch and sometimes dinner at one or more of the hotels, so that prospective clients can sample the food and view the rooms that delegates will stay in. It’s a fantastic opportunity for event organisers to find out exactly what Harrogate and HIC has to offer, and it is proving really helpful in securing new clients for HIC.

The familiarisation visits have led to some exciting bookings for Nadene, with one organisation booking HIC as one of three venues they will be using on a rotating basis in a ten year plan, with the third event booked for 2022! Another big booking is a series of three annual medical sector exhibitions between 2012 and 2014.

However, perhaps the most exciting booking Nadene has secured recently is one that will use the entire venue, including the new halls opening in 2011. Expected to attract over 3,000 delegates, the event should fill all the hotels in Harrogate and beyond, and it will deliver a huge boost to the local economy.  It will also add weight to Harrogate’s position at the heart of our knowledge economy as participants develop plans that will change the face of the medical industry for years to come.  In fact, this event will once again demonstrate the power of meetings and face to face experience – not just as a local economic stimulus and revenue line in  a venue and several hotel’s accounts – but as an influencer on global policy and the lives of real people.

With an additional 3,300 sq m of floor space, improved access to the conference centre and better green credentials, Nadene hopes that the new halls will encourage even more organisations to consider HIC in the years to come.

About HIC
Harrogate International Centre (HIC) is located in the stylish spa town of Harrogate. It comprises of: 8 halls offering 19,500 sq metres of exhibition space; a modern 2,000 seat auditorium; the glittering Royal Hall with an audience capacity of 1,000; and the art deco styled Sun Pavilion suitable for up to 200 guests.
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