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12 August 2014

Over 70 people from around the globe with a mutual interest in the First World War united at Weetwood Hall in Leeds between the 28th July and the 1st of August, for an imaginative World War One Conference held to mark the outbreak of the conflict 100 years ago.

Weetwood Hall toasts to success after First World War in Retrospect Conference proves to be a roaring success

17 July 2014

Hull City Council has today revealed ambitious plans for a new £42m events, conference centre and four-star hotel complex that will put the city on the UK map as a location for major events, shows and music concerts.

UK City of Culture reveals exciting plans for new Events and Conference Centre

9 May 2014

The 21st business anniversary of Weetwood Hall Conference Centre and Hotel in Leeds has been marked this week by a historical Blue Plaque unveiling and a celebratory dinner for key clients and partners.

Historical blue plaque marks 21 years in business

25 April 2014

The great start to 2014 shows no sign of slowing at Harrogate International Centre (HIC) as the venue announced a number of high-profile new contracts this week.

Good times continue for HIC as more major contracts roll in

11 April 2014

Scarborough is CAMRA-ready for over 1,000 real ale lovers who will descend on the town at the end of this month when the national organisation holds its annual conference. The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is holding its annual Members' Weekend from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 April at Scarborough’s Spa Conference and Entertainment Venue.

Oh, I do like a beer beside the seaside...

4 April 2014

A flagship International Business Festival to support the Yorkshire Grand Depart will generate £20m in new business and creating a lasting legacy to boost the regional economy for years to come.

Tour de France Business Festival will boost jobs and growth in Yorkshire

31 March 2014

A new Conference Desk designed to help organisers to arrange event has been launched by Visit Harrogate, the Harrogate district’s destination management organisation.

Harrogate district showcased to event planners

13 March 2014

The UK’s first Golf and Business Festival is to be held this year in Yorkshire, at Leeds’ Moor Allerton Golf Club from 25 – 27 May 2014. Organised by the Golf Club’s newly founded charitable foundation, The Moor Allerton Charitable Foundation.

UK’s first Golf and Business Festival to be held in Yorkshire

6 March 2014

York takes business tourism message to the capital ....50 International and London event buyers attend ‘York Minster to Westminster’ showcase at the Houses of Parliament.

York takes business tourism message to the capital

27 February 2014

Well Met Conferencing is to be amongst a number of conference centres attending Conference & Incentive Travel’s Association Event Planners Forum this March. Starting on 31 March, the two day event at London’s Grange City Hotel will see guest speakers, industry specialists in large association events and associations gather together to discuss key business areas, share good practice and promote greater networking.

Well Met Conferencing to attend Association Event Planners Forum 2014

18 February 2014

THE major new hotel being built next door to Harrogate International Centre is on schedule for a summer opening, say building bosses. The 107-bedroom Premier Inn being built next door to HIC will have direct access to the International Centre and will feature a restaurant, bar and car park.

Over one hundred new hotel rooms on schedule for summer opening

4 February 2014

Two Yorkshire organisations are taking positive action to reduce their effect on the environment by investing in new woodland creation in the Yorkshire Dales. York-based Yorkshire Energy Partnership and Dales charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) have committed to positive action against climate change by taking steps to mitigate unavoidable carbon emitted as a part of their day-to-day business. And they are doing it right on their doorstep, by investing in carbon credits available through a certified woodland project in the Yorkshire Dales.

Businesses tackle climate change, the Yorkshire way

18 December 2013

Well Met Conferencing is delighted to announce that Leeds Metropolitan University has achieved the prestigious Investors in People Gold Award.

Gold Investors in People award for Leeds Metropolitan University

11 December 2013

Business people who come to the Yorkshire Dales for their team events are helping to create more native woodlands thanks to a new scheme. Harrogate-based TeamWalking organises team building activities in the Yorkshire Dales countryside. In 2013 TeamWalking teamed up with local charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) to dedicate at least one tree for every organisation booking an outdoor adventure in the Dales, making a total of 17 trees so far.

Walking for woodlands

9 December 2013

A brand new business event for the tourism industry has been launched in Yorkshire. Backed by Welcome to Yorkshire, The Yorkshire Hotel Show is a new and exciting B2B event for industry professionals in the county.

Brand new Yorkshire business event launched

9 December 2013

Jennifer Smith has been appointed as the new director of the Ryedale Folk Museum and foresees an exciting time ahead for this key North York Moors attraction.

New Director for Ryedale Folk Museum

22 November 2013

People from around the globe have been showing their enthusiasm for the World War One in retrospect Conference, hosted by Weetwood Hall Hotel and Conference Centre in Leeds, by booking months in advance.

The world watches Yorkshire's World War One conference

21 November 2013

Leeds Metropolitan University and the University of Leeds have successfully bid to bring one of Teach Firsts residential training events worth £5.5m to the city in 2014 and 2015.

Leeds universities unite to win Teach Firsts annual residential training event for the city

18 November 2013

The Science Museum Group (SMG) announces four new appointments within its commercial events team working across Northern-based venues, the National Railway Museum (NRM) in York, National Media Museum (NMeM) in Bradford and Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Manchester.

Science Museum Group creates new role for cross-site Northern venues team

12 November 2013

The Spa Bridlington has been crowned the best in the business at the UK’s biggest tourism awards in Yorkshire.

Yorkshire Business Tourism Winner Crowned

11 November 2013

Cottage in the Dales is named as one of the top 5 green self-catering holiday cottages in the UK at the prestigious Green Tourism Business Scheme Goldstar Awards 2013 held on Friday 8 November in Bristol.

Yorkshire Dales Luxury Holiday Cottages in UK’s top ‘green’ five

24 September 2013

Cedar Court Grand Hotel and Spa’s wedding coordinator, Evie Skaith, won ‘Most Outstanding Customer Service offered by a Wedding Coordinator’ at The Wedding Guide UK’s North of England Wedding Awards for Outstanding Customer Service, held at the National Railway Museum in York on 10 September.

Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa wins ‘Best Wedding coordinator’ at North of England Wedding Awards

21 August 2013

Throughout July, Leeds Metropolitan University welcomed over 700 international and local students to Headingley Campus for its annual programme of summer schools. Language Study Centres (LSC), who returned for the fourth consecutive year this year, hosted a series of schools for students from Italy and Spain.

School’s Out: Language Study Centres chooses Well Met Conferencing as summer school destination for fourth consecutive year

19 August 2013

De Vere Hotels, has ploughed £600K into its flagship Yorkshire venue, Oulton Hall as part of a revamp for the 18th century country manor house hotel. The money has been spent on upgrading a series of rooms targeted at the corporate market in a clear signal the hotel chain wants to lure in more company executives.

De Vere Hotels invests £600K in Oulton Hall

19 August 2013

Ed Vaizey, the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, is amongst an international panel of expert speakers who will be debating the future of cultural tourism at a conference to be held in Yorkshire next month.

Minister for Culture to speak at Yorkshire Conference

12 July 2013

The National Railway Museum has today announced the appointment of its new Director: Paul Kirkman, who brings with him an impressive track record and a wealth of experience of the museum, Government and cultural sectors.

Paul Kirkman appointed as Director of the National Railway Museum

10 July 2013

Holiday Inn York is today celebrating success having been awarded Venue Verdict Gold Standard Accreditation for the fourth consecutive time.

Holiday Inn York is today celebrating success having been awarded Venue Verdict Gold Standard Accreditation for the fourth consecutive time

4 July 2013

Weetwood Hall Conference Centre and Hotel has been awarded the title of ‘Top Team’ in front of hundreds of its peers at the annual Leeds Hotels and Venues Awards, celebrating the work of staff in the hospitality sector.

Weetwood hall awarded top honour in leeds hospitality awards

26 June 2013

The award-winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park yesterday unveiled a new £1.2m corporate complex, at a a launch event attended by Andrew McKenna, Head of Doncaster Chamber, Councillor Bob Johnson, Julie Wilson, Head of Business Commerce and Tourism for Doncaster and Chloe Wood , Marketing Sheffield.

New £1.2m complex including conferencing facilities and ‘baboon team-building’ to open at Yorkshire Wildlife Park

24 June 2013

Rohut Talwar, a top global futurist was amongst the speakers at the Intelligent Cities conference this week, an event that explored how technology will make the cities of the future smarter and better to live in. The conference, organised by Next Gen Events took place at Well Met’s flagship venue, The Rose Bowl on 19 June.

Intelligent cities, internet plumbing and big data: Well Met the venue for Intelligent Cities conference

21 June 2013

The University of Leeds’ conference and events team, MeetInLeeds is preparing to host the largest academic conference of its kind in Europe – the International Medieval Congress.

University of Leeds hosts largest academic conference in Europe

17 June 2013

VisitYork4Meetings, the conference arm of Visit York, is delighted to announce that York has been selected to host the 2014 Liberal Democrats Spring Conference. A major coup for the city’s business tourism sector, this three day conference will be held in March 2014 at the York Barbican Centre with the Novotel Hotel as the party conference headquarters for the duration of the event.

VisitYork4Meetings secures Liberal Democrats 2014 Spring Conference for York

23 May 2013

The National Railway Museum in York scooped the coveted ‘Conference Venue of the Year’ award at the 2013 Visit York Tourism Awards, held on Thursday 9 May.

The National Railway Museum invests to impress with its award-winning conference centre

14 May 2013

Following the success of its inaugural York Minster to Westminster event, VisitYork4Meetings – the business tourism arm of Visit York – will next be targeting global incentive travel, meetings and events business at IMEX Frankfurt (21st to 23rd May).

VisitYork4Meetings to target international buyers at IMEX

1 May 2013

There was no need for the umbrellas when the sun shone at this year’s Conference and Hospitality Show in Leeds. The Show, which is the only Meetings Industry Expo outside of London, was held on Tuesday 30th April at the Centenary Pavilion Leeds, and was attended by over 600 Meetings Industry Professionals from across the UK who enjoyed the spring sunshine and hospitality on offer.

Viva Las Vegas in Leeds! The Annual Conference and Hospitality Show Ends on a High

19 April 2013

Sheffield City Hall has been nominated for the Best Large Conference Venue as part of the Conference Venue & Suppliers Awards 2013 which will be held at The Brewery in London on 7th June 2013.

Sheffield City Hall Nominated for Conference Excellence

16 April 2013

Fantastic central location within a minute walk from Leeds train station

White Cloth Gallery Meeting Rooms

17 April 2013

Magna Science Adventure Centre has appointed a new general manager, who says his philosophy in life is thanks to the late Liverpool manager Bill Shankly.

New manager appointed at Magna

2 April 2013

Thousands of visitors braved the chilly winds to enjoy the Easter arrival of award-winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s baboons.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park welcomes new Baboons for Easter!

29 March 2013

Taste the Wild, with 18 acres of woodland in North Yorkshire, is known for its courses on the identification of edible wild plants and their culinary uses. Now, its director, Chris Bax is introducing something different, with real food, the outdoors and a renewal of interest in traditional skills.

Team-building with traditional eco-friendly skills

6 February 2013

One of the region’s most popular holiday destinations has recently launched itself as a corporate training venue thanks to an increasing trend for organisations and businesses to look beyond hotels and more traditional conference locations in order to make the most of limited training time.

Brompton Lakes capitalises on trend for training providers to look to more unusual venues

September 17 2012

Welcome to Yorkshire has launched a new business tourism initiative to encourage even more meetings and event business into Yorkshire.

Welcome to Yorkshire Business Tourism Drive

25 June 2012

A new conference bureau has opened in Scarborough to help boost business tourism along the Yorkshire coast...

Coastal conferencing gets a helping hand

20 June 2012

Visit York, the city’s official tourism agency, has today launched a new business tourism brand: Visit York 4 Meetings. The re-brand is part of Visit York’s new plans to create a stronger and more coherent marketing campaign to boost conference and events bookings to the city.

Visit York business tourism boost