The Big Sleepover

Leeds’ biggest hotel and conference locations familiarisation trip, the Leeds Big Sleepover returns to the city on 8 October 2015
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Leeds’ biggest hotel and conference locations familiarisation trip, the Leeds Big Sleepover returns to the city on 8 October 2015.

The biennial event made a successful debut in June 2013, celebrating the launch of the first direct arena and Trinity Shopping Centre. Following this popularity, the trip is being held this year from 8-10 October, and will be attended by a wide array of delegates from outside of the city, who will experience a warm Yorkshire welcome and see a selection of its finest business and leisure tourism opportunities.

The three day city-wide tour has been organised by the Leeds Hotels and Venues Association (LHVA), who are working in partnership with the Leeds Business Improvement District (LeedsBID) and the relaunched Conference Leeds to host the event. While an impressive array of local and national businesses including Gett, Leeds Beckett University and Harvey Nichols Leeds are providing sponsorship.

This year Leeds Big Sleepover focuses on the city’s arts and culture offering and the three day programme is set to include attendance at the launch reception of British Art Show 8 at Leeds Art Gallery, the first time the show has been hosted in Leeds for nearly 25 years.

The programme will also include a gala dinner at Royal Armouries International, guided tours of Light Night Leeds a showcase of Leeds’ hotels and venues at The Tetley and behind the scenes tours at a number of cultural and sporting venues.

On the Thursday evening an exclusive gala dinner was hosted by the Leeds Business Improvement District (LeedsBID) at the Royal Armouries with all conference attendees treated to all the museum has to offer. This included a VIP  tour of the main display halls, a ‘behind the scenes’ look at how this successful venue delivers a high level of exhibitions and conferences and a very hands-on demonstration of medieval weaponry and fighting skills.

Andrew Cooper, Chief Exec for Leeds BID said ‘I am delighted with success and business impact for Leeds that is apparent from delivering this event. The superb programme offered delegates the very best Leeds has to offer from a cultural, leisure and  conferencing perspective and we at the Leeds Business Improvement District are committed to supporting and achieving even greater success with this event in 2016’