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Conferences boost Isle of Man's autumn visitors 7 October 2005

    Autumn is proving a busy time for conferences on the Isle of Man.

    The Island welcomed three conferences in September starting with more than 100 delegates from the British Grassland Society from September 8-11. In addition, two Rotary districts brought a total of 1,100 delegates split between conferences held over September 16-18 and over last weekend, September 30 to October 2.

    Currently the Institute of Water Officers is staging a conference on the Island (October 6-9) with the theme Managing Risk.

    Meanwhile, the profile of the Isle of Man as a conference destination has been boosted with publication this week of a very positive feature in the industry’s best known magazine, Conference and Incentive Travel, following a visit to the Island by journalist Ben Lerwill earlier this year.

    Conference executive Richard Cuthbert said: ‘The Department of Tourism and Leisure is hoping to develop the conference business in the Island, so it’s extremely pleasing that this article praises the Island’s conference product in terms of its attractions and quality of hotels.

    Feedback from conference organisers of the recent groups we have hosted is also positive. They have been pleased with the quality of hotels, the range of break-out activities the Island provides and the overall value for money of the Island as a conference destination.’

    Tourism Minister David Cretney commented: ‘There has been a lot of interest in the Isle of Man recently from conference organisers and much of that interest has been generated by local residents who are actively encouraging organisations they are involved with to visit us. My Department is very grateful for that enthusiasm, and we hope it will assist us in developing the conference business in the future. We’re currently developing a new website and conference brochure and hope these will assist in generating an additional 2,000 conference delegates in the first year.’

    For more information about conferences contact Richard Cuthbert on 01624 686888 or by email: richard.cuthbert@gov.im.

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