The Birmingham Toolkit

Meet facts

  • Birmingham has been voted the most popular destination outside London for meetings, conferences and events for six successive years by the annual British Meetings & Events Industry Survey (BMEIS)
  • There are more than 36,000 bed spaces available for delegates in Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country. 6,200 hotel bedrooms are within a 20 minute walk of The International Convention Centre (ICC)
  • The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) and International Convention Centre (ICC) host over 850 events per year, attracting £2.3million delegates/visitors to the city
  • Birmingham attracted a record 37.2 million visitors last year, according to new figures released by Marketing Birmingham’s research arm the Regional Observatory and tourism research body, Global Tourism Solutions
  • Since 2006, the number of people visiting Birmingham has increased by 12% (3.6 million), with the value of the city’s visitor economy also increasing by 12% (£550 million)
  • Birmingham attracted more international visits last year than ever before according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). There were almost one million international visits to the city last year (944,000) - making us the UK's 4th most visited city.
  • Birmingham’s growth in attracting visitors is higher than any other city in the UK. The national growth of international visits was 5.6%, while London managed just 8.6%
  • Over 90% of the UK market – consumer and business – are within a four hour travel time from Birmingham
  • Birmingham has a strategic location at the centre of the national motorway network (M5, M6, M40 and M42) and at the heart of the UK rail network 
  • Air, road and rail connections provide access to 400 million people across Europe
  • Birmingham Airport is the UK’s third largest airport outside London and the UK’s seventh largest overall. It currently serves 143 direct scheduled & charter routes, including cities in Europe, North America and Asia, and offers an additional 279 possible connections worldwide. This gives passengers a choice of 422 direct or one-stop flights. The Airport is a nine minute train journey from the city centre

Birmingham - central transport network