'CELEBRITY' COUPLE Neil and Christine Hamilton top the list of speakers delegates would least like to hear, according to a survey by the Yorkshire Tourist Board. Money saving expert Martin Lewis was named as the most desirable speaker, perhaps reflecting the economic times in which we live, ahead of celebrities such as Gordon Ramsay and Simon Cowell.
The tourist board canvassed 2,000 people for their views on the ideal conference, and the survey coincides with the launch of YTB's Cost-Effective Conference Guide, which shows businesses how to arrange a successful event on a budget.
"We recognise budgets are being squeezed," says Nick Bond, representing VenueYorkshire. com. "It's encouraging to see chic city hotels and countryside locations are the most popular destinations - things Yorkshire boasts in abundance."