Destination Bristol is celebrating the work of their conference and business events team, which has been shortlisted for a prestigious industry award.

The team has been shortlisted by the Meetings Industry Association for the miaList 2016 Team of the Year award, designed to recognise excellence in the conference and meetings industry.

Destination Bristol’s conference team is one of just seven teams shortlisted and is the only team representing a destination. Others on the shortlist include Westminster College Cambridge and Southampton Solent University.

Destination Bristol’s conference team supports event organisers in bringing conference, meetings and business events to Bristol providing a free venue finding programme, accommodation solutions for delegates, social and partner programmes and impartial advice on a range of issues from transport to team building activities or what to see and do in Bristol. In 2015, the conference industry was estimated to bring £202m to the city.

Kathryn Davis, Destination Bristol’s Head of Tourism, said: “We are delighted that the work of Destination Bristol has been recognised by the MIA.  The team has just had their most successful year to date managing business enquiries worth in excess of £3m and securing nearly £1m of business to Bristol themselves.  We are urging all venues, contacts and clients to vote for the team and we have everything crossed that they are announced as the winners in September.”

Jane Longhurst, Chief Executive of the MIA, said: “We’re delighted to have Destination Bristol amongst our shortlisted teams. This year the standard of the team nominations was exceptionally high, so to be selected by the judges for the shortlist is a fantastic achievement.  They are up against really strong competition for a place on the miaList 2016 and it will be the public vote that decides which team will receive the final accolade.”

Voting is open to the public from now until 22 August and votes can be made online at http://www.mia-uk.org/event_group/recognising-excellence/mialist-team-award/. The winners will be announced at the miaList 2016 celebratory lunch on September 16th at the Park Plaza Victoria in London.

Find out more about conferences and events in Bristol, please visit visitbristol.co.uk/conferences