2013 is looking great for Eastbourne Conference Bureau with the highest number of conferences and exhibitions booked into the Devonshire Park Centre in over 10 years.
Bringing an estimated £11 million in economic value to the town, Eastbourne is set to welcome a total of 21 overnight conferences and exhibitions this year, filling up hotels and guest houses with over 15,000 delegates during the spring and autumn months.
New for 2013 includes the Royal College of Anaesthetists bringing their annual conference to Eastbourne for the first time, and the International Hearing Loop Conference is set to bring attendees from all over the world for their global event.
The news comes hot on the heels of a successful autumn season which included high profile politicians and a cabinet minister speech at the National Children’s & Adult Services conference, and more recently the Youth Works Conference which proved so popular, the event was trending on UK-wide on Twitter.
With many conferences now embracing social media, organisers often display tweets and blogs live on screen throughout their conference. Youth Works in particular used this technology to maximum effect, reaching thousands more delegates unable to attend in person, with hot topics and news of the day spreading the word from Eastbourne.
Eastbourne Conference Bureau actively build relationships in social media as part of their marketing strategy, attracting new clients to the town and currently have over 700 followers on Twitter. New clients sourced via Twitter have also included the UKIP party conference, who brought over 800 delegates to the town in 2011.