With over 23 years’ experience in the hotel industry, including the Radisson, Rocco Forte, and the Marriott international and worldwide sales divisions, Stephanie is a well-recognised tourism professional in the MICE industry. She brings to the role a passion for Greater Manchester’s business tourism market, along with a good working knowledge of Marketing Manchester following two years in the commercial development team..
Newton arrives at a significant period for Greater Manchester as the business tourism industry continues to grow. The city-region is to play host to a number of important national and international conferences in the near future, including Global Offshore Wind Conference 2016, British National Science Fiction Convention 2016, and the World Summit on Media for Children 2017.
The appointment also comes at a pivotal time for Marketing Manchester as it works to assert Greater Manchester as a strong presence within the Northern Powerhouse scheme. Amongst other responsibilities, Newton will be charged with steering delivery of business tourism activity under the Northern Tourism Growth Fund, a £10m government initiative to boost international tourism in the North of England.
Stephanie Newton said: “It’s a great pleasure to be heading the business tourism team at such an exciting time for the industry in Manchester. I look forward to working with colleagues and partners to ensure that Greater Manchester continues to build on its reputation as a quality conference destination”
Nick Brooks-Sykes, director of tourism at Marketing Manchester, part of MGC said: “I’m thrilled to welcome Stephanie to her role and look forward to working closely with her to continue the fantastic work the business tourism team does.
“A clear challenge ahead will be to ensure that Manchester gets the most out of its tenure as European City of Science 2016, in which the city plays host to the EuroScience Open Forum. With 4,500 delegates due to descend on the city for the conference, at an estimated economic impact of £10m, the team will seek to bolster the city’s reputation as an ideal location for scientific conferences.”