Harrogate International Centre (HIC) has brought more than £92m to the economy in the first six months of its 2010/2011 financial year.According to VisitBritain standards, only the 38 larger events held at HIC from April to September 2010 were used to calculate the economic impact of the venue. Head of sales and marketing for HIC, Alison Griffin, said: “As the BVEP Manifesto and Britain for Events reports have highlighted, our industry has a substantial impact on local economies. HIC is clearly one of Harrogate’s biggest economic drivers, impacting everything from tourism and event providers to local shops and infrastructure.”Harrogate also recently trialled a voucher-based promotion to encourage visitors to visit local businesses.
As the UK has voted to leave the European Union with a 52 per cent majority result, EN has spoken to members of the exhibition and events industry, to gauge their initial reactions on the future of the UK and their businesses.
More than 8,000 visitors arrived at ExCeL London on 4-6 February for the fourth edition of 100% Optical. The show featured more than 175,000 frames, catwalk performances and a comprehensive education programme.