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27 Sep 2016

Discounts for travellers in rail deal between HIC Yorkshire and Virgin Trains

Harrogate Convention Centre

HIC Yorkshire has agreed a deal with Virgin Trains to bring travel discounts for visitors to the North Yorkshire venue.

With Virgin Trains planning to run 14 daily services between London and Harrogate by 2019, the new agreement will see HIC delegates offered special savings on ticket prices.

HIC Director, Simon Kent, said: "We're always looking for new ways to persuade UK based associations and organsiers to bring their conferences and exhibitions to Harrogate. This deal will make it easier for delegates based in London, who can get on a Virgin train at Kings' Cross and be at HIC Yorkshire within 3 hours. Also the fact that we're a town centre venue means we're just a short walk from the station. This, coupled with the discounts we can now offer, will be a major bargaining tool for us to use when bringing business to the town."

Claire Ansley, General Manager for Virgin Trains said "We're delighted to work in partnership with HIC and to help it attract delegates to the town. We're planning to introduce 7 return services between Harrogate and London from 2019, with quicker and more comfortable journeys, using our brand new Virgin Azuma trains".

HIC attacts 300,000 visitors to the region every year, which in turn is worth an estimated £65m to the town's economy.



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