Trade Union body, GMB, has chosen Brighton as the destination for its annual national congress in 2019. The event was last held in the city in 2012. The event is expected to attract 850 delegates, visitors and exhibitors and result in £2m worth of economic benefit. The Brighton Centre will host the congress with a range of hotels across the city providing accommodation over the 5 day event.
Julia Gallagher, VisitBrighton’s Head of Sales, said: “We’ve had a bumper year of conference wins so far this year and this is another significant addition to our burgeoning business balance sheet. We’ve had a very positive response from GMB delegates who have come to the city in previous years and look forward to welcoming them back in 2019.”
Steve Short, GMB Executive Officer, added: “GMB Congress is a really important annual event in the Union. Consequently the Union’s Executive Council takes great care to find venues that are suitable for the event. Brighton ticks a lot of boxes as a destination and we always receive positive feedback from delegates who stay in the city. The Brighton Centre’s central location makes it easy to get to and, as a purpose built venue, it has the range of flexible space needed to accommodate a varied programme and accommodate all delegates, including those with access needs. I’m sure delegates will be pleased with this choice and expect it will contribute to it being a well-attended event.”