Investment and regeneration over recent years combined with being European Capital of Culture in 2008, has seen Liverpool not only develop today into one of the most vibrant and welcoming destinations in Europe but also gear up to evolve and impress even more in the future.
Business, Art, Sport and Spectacle!
This year we will be hosting the International Festival of Business a programme of global business events set to bring 250,000 business delegates to the city; the 8th Liverpool Biennial, the UK’s largest contemporary art festival running over four months throughout the city; the Open Golf Championship bringing international players, spectators and TV coverage; as well as the magical street theatre ‘Memories of 1914’ as Liverpool hosts one of the UK’s flagship First World War commemoration events. All that is on top of our regular events such as the Waterfront festivals, International Music Festival, Beatle Week and the Liverpool Food & Drink Festival.
A popular cruise liner destination – Liverpool invested in a cruise liner terminal in 2007, once again bringing passengers to her shores by ships, perfectly positioned alongside the Pier Head, it is not just a city centre riverside location, but part of the World Heritage Site, making it extremely popular with cruise passengers, earning Liverpool the accolade ‘Cruise Critic, 2013 UK Editor’s Pick: Best UK Port of Call’. Liverpool is set to welcome 62,000 cruise visitors this year alone.
Liverpool One is the largest open air shopping mall in Britain, and in itself an impressive retails and leisure destination, with an adjoining park and gardens and regular events.
For conferences and meetings Liverpool boasts a unique venue, Arena & Convention Centre Liverpool, the only interlinking arena and convention centre complex under one roof in Europe. As well as having the flexibility and opportunity of combining these two venues, it also offers a city centre location with stunning waterfront views alongside a World Heritage Site and top class visitor attractions, making it a very compelling location for events. The BT Convention Centre, received a coveted industry award for Best UK Conference Centre, it has hosted the Liberal Democrat and Labour Party conferences as well as many international medical conferences, while the 11,000 capacity Echo Arena has staged shows by Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, X Factor plus championship boxing, basketball and darts events.
Planning for the future
With further major developments in the pipeline, from the new Exhibition Centre Liverpool due to open early in 2015, providing a top class exhibition facilities connected to the Arena & Convention Centre they offer state of the art venue and facilities in a stunning waterfront city centre location; to Superport a development that will not only enable Liverpool’s container port to handle the world’s largest container ships, but also develop trans-shipment facilities around the region to increase imports into Liverpool and become one of the world’s major ports once more.