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The benefits of working with a convention bureau

Organising an event
Events, the city's convention bureau. Surprisingly, many event planners are still unaware of the services of convention bureaus, which provide information, resources and support, usually free of charge.
Part of Newcastle City Council, the Newcastle Business Events (NBE) team spends quite a bit of time each year attending trade shows to educate event planners about Newcastle and the fantastic options available for business events in the city.
Business Events Facilitator Nerida Worboys says NBE can assist with all types of enquiries - from a one day seminar for 20 people through to a multi-day conference for 500.
"Over the past 12 months we have provided support to a range of large conference groups such as the Floodplain Management Association and the Barbershop Harmony Convention," she says.
"We worked closely with the committees from the bid document stage through to the completion of the event."
"Although people know Newcastle from living here they may not be abreast of the latest venue, accommodation, transfer and tour information and factors such as other events that are occurring in the city at the same time.
"Worboys notes that because NBE is part of Council's events team, they can also assist with licencing of public spaces and details such as temporary road closures and bus zones.
Often, the idea to conference in Newcastle is championed by a local who may be a member of an association for academic, sporting, special interest or professional pursuits.
Newcastle's convention bureau can help locals build a case for our city as the best location for the event."
If you are keen to bring a conference home to Newcastle to raise your profile among peers, extend your personal and professional networks or just to show off this great city," says Worboys, "we are here to help."