ExCeL London venue secures £6m of conference business

ExCeL London has secured £6 million worth of events business since being named as London's first international convention centre (ICC) less than six months ago.

Already one of the capital's largest venues, the facility is set to be officially opened as ICC London ExCeL in May this year and events are being booked at the convention centre up until 2015.

A study by Grant Thornton has estimated that the expansion of the venue will generate around £1.6 billion for the London economy by 2011.

Among the forthcoming events being staged at the conference centre is the European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology in 2014, which will attract around 8,000 delegates.

"The sheer number and quality of events that ICC London ExCeL is attracting, clearly illustrates why London and indeed the industry as a whole has needed an international convention centre," said James Rees, director of conferences & events at ExCeL London.

Recent figures from VisitBritain showed that business and leisure tourism in Yorkshire added three-quarters of a billion pounds to the bottom line in gross domestic product last year.

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