Manchester and Leeds are two of the five most popular conferencing cities in the UK, a new survey has found.

Manchester ranked third – behind London and Birmingham – with Leeds in fifth place, the British Meetings and Events Industry survey (BMEIS) found.

Liverpool came in seventh on the list with NewcastleGateshead in 10th.

The annual national survey provides a comprehensive overview of buying trends in the UK conference and events industry, including insight from hundreds of buyers across the association business and corporate sectors.

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The report also shows that the volume of events overall has seen an increase in 2016 of 12% in the corporate sector.

In Leeds, the survey showed an increase of 5.3% in tourism visits since 2013, with business tourism driving around 4 million delegates to the city in 2015, contributing £501million to the local economy per year.

Cllr Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, said: “We know how much hard work goes in to developing business tourism across Leeds and these results showcase this on a national scale.

“Both leisure and business tourism in the city are growing at a truly impressive rate, with Leeds becoming increasingly recognised as a fantastic destination to host world-class conferences and events.”

Jennifer Young, head of ConferenceLeeds, added: “For Leeds to be achieving such results without the benefit of a large convention centre in the city truly sets it apart from its competitors.”