THOUSANDS of delegates are set to visit Scarborough Spa for a variety of conferences that will be held at the revamped venue later this year.
The Spa team has secured a number of large conferences for the season, spanning a total of 18 days, most notably UKIP’s annual conference that will be held over two days in early March.
Members will also be addressed by party officials and special guest speakers, including the party’s leader Nigel Farage.
Godfrey Bloom, UKIP MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, said: “UKIP has a massive level of support in Yorkshire, and even though it will be a long way to travel for many of our supporters, it will no doubt be worth making the trip.
“It’s around 10 years since Scarborough last held the event, and we are delighted to be coming back to the area.”
The Spa team is also in discussions with several other party conference organisers about securing some of the regional conferences.
Cllr Janet Jefferson, cabinet portfolio holder for tourism and culture, said: “The conference trade booked at the Spa so far this year works out at almost 60,000 visits to Scarborough.
“This is a sizeable figure and the additional economic benefits to the town and the wider area will be substantial.
“Conference delegates will be spending money in the hotels, bed and breakfast establishments, restaurants, bars, entertainment venues and other attractions, helping to boost the local economy and keep local people in jobs.
“I know the conference team at the Spa has been working extremely hard to bring in new business and encourage old clients to return.
“I am delighted we have such a full year ahead.
“Combined with exhibitions, dinners, weddings and the full summer season of entertainment, the future for the Spa is looking very bright indeed.”