If you’re in Liverpool to attend a business event, you’ll soon find out exactly why the city is such a firm favourite on the conference circuit. Not only is it well-served by train, air and motorway, but most exhibition venues are found on the historic Waterfront area with its many cultural attractions, shops and bars. And, if you don’t mind mingling with people who aren’t wearing name badges, you’ll soon discover why Liverpool is consistently voted one of the UK’s friendliest cities, too.
Coming to a conference at the Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool? Lucky you. Not only will you get to experience the building’s cutting-edge design and super swanky facilities, it’s got a stunning location right on the waterfront. No wonder the Labour Party decided to hold its annual conference here. The ACC is actually made up of two big, interconnected spaces – there’s the Echo Arena (known mainly for its spectacular live music shows) and the BT Convention Centre next door.
Further down the Mersey from the ACC is its sister venue, the Exhibition Centre Liverpool. This bright, airy and totally flexible space is mostly used to host the city’s big trade and consumer shows – The Liverpool Wedding Show, MCM Comic Con and RenewableUK have all been held here. While there are reasonably priced food concessions within the Exhibition Centre itself, step outside the venue and you’ll find a wealth of eating and drinking options, just a short riverside stroll away.
Liverpool is one of England’s most cosmopolitan cities and was the 2008 European capital of culture. Whether you’re passing through, looking for heritage, pop culture and entertainment, checking out the universities, or planning a weekend break, there are plenty of reasons to book a hotel room in Liverpool. And with quaint fishing villages and market towns on its doorstep, there's so much to see and do in the surrounding area of Merseyside.