HOSTING 240 events has seen York Conferences welcome more than 19,000 delegates to the city in the last year.

York Conferences, which is hoping to be crowned Tourism and Hospitality Business of the Year, is a subsidiary company of the University of York.

The venture offers venues and residential space for conferences, exhibitions, events and accommodation for both business and leisure.

Conferences are booked and held by a range of businesses, on a local and international level, often welcoming delegates from across the globe to a variety of events.

Events are varied and include; the annual RSPB Conference, the General Synod, supporting the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon, and multiple summer schools for children from across Europe.

The Royal Society of Chemistry have also recently confirmed a three day event in 2015, attracting more than 600 delegates to the region.

As a subsidiary company of the University of York, development and investment is always ongoing.

Recent investment in extensive bedroom refurbishment has been coupled with 600 brand new bedrooms which are being built and will have their first conference use in July 2015.

In addition, a generous £70,000 per year goes into marketing the venues and bringing business to the University of York, the city and wider region.

With more than 200 different event spaces available for hire, York Conferences is fortunate enough to be able to offer a complete range of facilities to suit different clients, with event management to match.