Celebrate with Liverpool City Region

Liverpool City Region is a centre of cultural, maritime and sporting excellence. The area has just about everything a conference organiser could ever want - world class venues, an excellent choice of quality hotels, a booming and vibrant city centre plus one of the most experienced and dedicated conference teams in the country who will help to ensure every event is a complete success.

Tourism figures up
Over the past years there has been an unprecedented levels of investment and interest in the area. Tourism figures continue to go from strength to strength – the value of tourism to the area’s economy has quadrupled in the last 20 years. The region is attracting billions of pounds worth of investment from some of the world’s biggest businesses, with planned construction activity across estimated to be worth £4-5 billion over the next five to ten years, helping to develop a lively, vibrant, cosmopolitan world-class city region.
    
Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture is well underway with a number of spectacular events and festivals throughout. The programme sees collaboration between the Liverpool Culture Company and major cultural institutions, artists, performers and venues throughout Liverpool, the City Region and beyond.
    
Music was coming home as Paul McCartney and friends introduced The Liverpool Sound concert at Anfield in early June, and on the classical stage Liverpool-born Sir Simon Rattle will conduct both his Berlin Philharmoniker and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in separate autumn performances.
    
Tate Liverpool are bringing a range of world-class art to the city, displaying masterpieces from the Tate Collection alongside modern classics by Gustav Klimt, and the fifth edition of Liverpool Biennial will be even more impressive in scale and ambition than its predecessors. On stage, Pete Postlethwaite will be appearing in King Lear at the Everyman Theatre.
    
Liverpool has more museums and galleries than any other UK city outside London and a rich musical heritage ranging from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra to The Beatles and The Zutons.
    
Visitors can call into Tate Liverpool, Merseyside Maritime Museum or The Beatles Story - all housed within The Albert Dock, which has the largest collection of Grade 1 listed buildings in the UK. Also, visit the Walker Art Gallery, the two cathedrals, explore the beautiful architecture and enjoy the many shops, bars, cafes and restaurants on offer.

ACC Liverpool
Among the investment highlights is the Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool at Kings Dock, the £1 billion Liverpool One city centre retail development plus the city’s new cruise liner facility that opened in September 2007. The £40 million investment in Southport will see a transformation of the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre.
    
ACC Liverpool officially opened on 12 January 2008 with Liverpool – The Musical, one of the first events celebrating the city’s year as European Capital of Culture. The £164 million facility, on King’s Waterfront, is made up of the 10,600-seat Echo Arena and the state-of-the-art BT Convention Centre.
    
The January event was followed by the opening of the lower part of the BT Convention Centre in late February, with its 3,725 square metre multi-purpose hall being used for events such as the Liberal Democrats Spring Conference. And in April, its newly finished upper floor, including three state-of-the-art auditoriums and 18 breakout rooms, was the final stage of the phased opening of ACC Liverpool.
    
The Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool as a whole features a 1,350 purpose-built auditorium, 18 breakout rooms with capacities ranging from 30 to 500 and up to 7,125 sq m of serviced exhibition space, while the Arena is playing host to a range of events, including larger conferences, with delegate numbers ranging from 2,000 up to concerts for 10,600. To emphasise the venue’s versatility, it can host gala dinners, exhibitions and conferencing with breakout sessions running concurrently, all without the need to ever leave the venue. On site parking for 1,600 cars is available.
    
ACC Liverpool is one of the 'greenest' venues of its kind in Europe. Together with its own wind-farm and rainwater harvesting system, the building has been designed to produce half the C02 emissions of a traditional building, there are five wind turbines generating electricity for the building, and rainwater is collected from the roof to use for flushing the toilets.
    
North West caterer, Heathcotes, has been chosen to provide food at the Echo Arena and BT Convention Centre to keep ‘food miles’ at a minimum. Heathcotes has a dedication to using local, fresh produce to minimise the impact of transport and frozen holdings.
    
Some of the UK's most high profile organisations have already brought their conferences to ACC Liverpool, and many more have made sure to book in to what is quickly becoming a very busy venue. The British Chambers of Commerce and the National Union of Head Teachers have been, and the TUC is booked in for September 2009.

Venues on offer
A wide variety of unique venues, such as the splendid Victorian Sefton Park Palm House the Mersey Ferries, and Liverpool’s Radio City Tower are already part of the Liverpool City Region’s conference offer. So are major hotel brands like Radisson SAS, Crowne Plaza, Marriott, Thistle, Malmaison and Holiday Inn.
    
An old favourite, St George’s Hall in the heart of Liverpool’s Cultural Quarter, and within the city’s designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, reopened in April 2007 after a major, £23m refurbishment. One of the finest neo-classical buildings in the world, this venue is again busy with conferences, exhibitions, gala dinners and any other events.
    
Hotel developments in the Liverpool City Region includes the recent opening of the city centre, Beatles-themed Hard Days Night Hotel, with 110 bedrooms, and a number of function rooms for any event.  A 310-bedroom Jury’s Inn hotel opened in late April as part of the Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool at Kings Dock, alongside a 132-bed Staybridge Suites extended stay hotel.
    
Corinthia Hotels International recently launched the news that they are opening a new Ramada Plaza property in Liverpool, as part of the £100m The Quarter development by Vermont Developments. Hilton and Novotel will both be opening properties as part of the city centre Liverpool One development.
    
And on the Wirral another new and exciting boutique hotel is being developed in Port Sunlight. The Leverhulme Hotel & Spa is located in the former Sunlight Lodge hospital, and will offer beautifully designed bedrooms and suites, excellent conference facilities and dining.

Southport developments
Southport, just north of Liverpool, is fast establishing itself as England’s Classic Conference Resort. It already enjoys a well-deserved reputation as highly successful conference destination.
    
The complete redevelopment and refurbishment of the resort’s principle conference venue, the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre, will benefit from a £40 million investment over the next two years. Opening in 2008, the exciting plans for the complex include a four-star, Ramada Plaza 130+ bedroom hotel with a direct link to the main conference entrance and an additional 1,000 square metres of conference floor space, a 15,000 sq ft Casino and eight restaurants.
    
The developments will allow the new conference centre to offer – under one roof – a 1,630 seat auditorium, the Floral Hall with 1,000 sq metres of flat floor space and an Exhibition Hall with 1,000 sq metres of flat floor multi-use space that can be configured into six separate syndicate/private meeting rooms, along with a plethora of other rooms designed for a multitude of uses.
    
This attractively landscaped development along with other developments scheduled for 2008, including the opening of Southport's first boutique hotel, "The Vincent," will provide Southport with a much enhanced conference product making it the region’s refreshing alternative to a city centre location. This classic resort is also preparing for the return of The Open Golf Championship in 2008 when Royal Birkdale Golf Club will host the internationally renowned event.
    
Continuing on a golf theme, just a few miles from Southport the £10 million investment programme at Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa is now complete. Together with 62 well appointed bedrooms and excellent facilities for conference and event organisers, visitors are now enable to enjoy the new state-of-the-art Leisure Club and Spa, and extensive choice of leisure facilities and the UK’s first PGA residential golf Academy as well as the existing 18 hole championship course and new 9-hole par 3 course and 25 bay driving range.
    
Southport already has a superb range of hotels, offering over 1,000 beds, and all of which are committed to providing the highest level of service and standards. The resort features a packed events programme throughout the year including favourites such as The Southport Flower Show, Air Show and Musical Fireworks Championships. Merseyside’s first water park, the £8.5m Splash World has doubled the size of the current Dunes Leisure Centre.
    
In Sefton, at Aintree Racecourse a thrilling £30million redevelopment of the site has seen a radical redesign of the racecourse facilities. Finished in time for the 2007 Grand National meeting, the new Aintree offer excellent facilities not only to race goers, but to cater for conferences, meetings and events as well.

Surrounding areas
Elsewhere across the Liverpool City Region, Wirral, Knowsley, St. Helens and Halton have a wide variety of attractive conference and event locations and facilities.
    
Wirral offers a number of enchanting villages, coastal parks and plenty of beautiful National Trust land including Thornton Hall Hotel. In New Brighton a major redevelopment of the Floral Pavilion Theatre and Conference Centre is taking place. When completed in 2009, this venue will be the largest and most flexible multi-purpose venue on the Wirral, with stunning views over the Mersey Estuary. An 800-seat theatre and up to 765 square meters of conference space, the Floral Hall Theatre and Conference centre will be able to cater for events from small meetings to big conferences.
    
Knowsley is home to one of the most attractive venues in the region. Knowsley Hall, home to the Earls of Derby since 1385, is set in 2,500 acres of beautiful parkland. Since 1999 the hall has been available for hire for a wide range of events, and overnight stays has also been added to the offer.
    
The World of Glass in St. Helens is a stylish, purpose-built, award winning visitor centre incorporating three conference and meeting room facilities, while famous sporting venues in the region include Haydock Park Racecourse, Anfield and Goodison Park, home to Liverpool FC and Everton FC and St.Helens Rugby League Club, which all have excellent conference facilities as well as providing great opportunities for corporate hospitality during events.
    
Liverpool and the Liverpool City Region is easily accessible by plane, car, train and ferry. Liverpool John Lennon Airport is one of the fastest growing in Europe, which makes the destination increasingly popular. In addition, it is in close proximity to Manchester International airport, only 45 minutes drive away. If you travel from London, you are just over two hours away from Liverpool on the Virgin Pendolino train service.

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