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Manchester Central sees rise in visitor numbers and economic impact

by Joe Gallop

Delegate numbers at Manchester Central have risen beyond pre-Covid levels in recent months and contributed 12% more to the economy, according to the venue’s latest quarterly report.

Between April and June 2022, the venue held 56 events and welcomed 100,419 visitors, a 13% rise in delegates compared to the same period in 2019.

Several event and conference hosts have also reported their largest attendance numbers at the venue. These numbers contributed £38.2m economic impact to the region, an uplift of 12% compared to the same timeframe in 2019.

Strong visitor numbers 

The latest figures come as Manchester Central completed its first normal trading quarter since the pandemic. During the Covid-19 lockdowns, the venue invested in hybrid solutions to continue hosting interactive events. In an average year it attracts more than half a million visitors to the city and brings approximately £150m into the Greater Manchester local economy.

Events during the last quarter included Housing 2022, organised by Ocean Media Group, which recorded its highest visitor numbers having welcomed 8,300 attendees and 450 speakers. The BIBA (British Insurance Brokers’ Association) conference also attracted a strong number of attendees, with 8,066 delegates and 222 exhibiting companies.

Manchester Central CEO Shaun Hinds said: “These last few months have been some of our busiest ever and demand has been incredibly strong. It’s brilliant to see events bounce back in the way that they have and I’m so pleased to have the ‘buzz’ back under our roof again.

“These latest results show that there’s a real appetite for hosting large events in person right here in Manchester. And that has a really important positive impact on the recovery of the wider region, as spending around the venue on hotels, bars, restaurants, travel and much more has increased once again. It’s fantastic to see the city thriving, supporting jobs and helping to put the region on the global map.

“Our venue is steeped in history and is proudly the birthplace of hundreds of thousands of business deals and innovations, the benefits of which span many years after the event itself.”

The pipeline of events continues to be strong at Manchester Central, with several bookings for the coming months. Hinds added: “We’re finding that while expectations have changed over recent years, people are valuing face to face interactions and experiences more so than ever. Myself and the team are really looking forward to the coming few months as we work with new and existing organisers to host events which deliver fantastic live experiences.”

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