Lancashire Cricket is delighted to announce the official tourist board for Manchester and Greater Manchester, Visit Manchester, has extended its partnership for a further year until 2021.
The agreement will continue to see Visit Manchester work closely with the Club to drive visitors and spend to the Greater Manchester area, focusing on the high-profile cricket fixtures and award-winning Emirates Old Trafford venue.
Marketing Manchester, which is responsible for the Visit Manchester brand, is the agency charged with promoting Greater Manchester on the national and international stage to visitors, investors, conference organisers and students.
The partnership will continue to build on the work that the Club and Visit Manchester have started to boost visitors to the city, including enhancing the new Manchester-India partnership in conjunction with Visit Britain. As part of this, Lancashire Cricket recently attended an India Sales Mission in Mumbai and New Delhi, where representatives from the Club met with key travel agents in India to promote tourism to Manchester.
In addition, as part of the Lancashire Cricket pre-season tour in Mumbai, the Club is building relationships with travel and trade representatives in India through attending a number of networking events, which is a direct result of the partnership with Visit Manchester, as well as raising awareness of the Red Rose brand.
The Club is also hosting a business networking evening at The Deputy High Commissioner’s residence in Mumbai on Thursday 20 February evening where Club Officials, including Chief Executive Daniel Gidney, will meet with prospective clients and partners.
Daniel Gidney, Chief Executive at Lancashire Cricket, said: “We’re delighted that Visit Manchester have extended their partnership with us.
“After a historic and fantastic year with the thrilling ICC Cricket World Cup and 4th Specsavers Ashes Test, as well as Lancashire’s promotion to Division One of the Specsavers County Championship, the spotlight is on Manchester and there’s never been a better time to be involved with cricket.
“We share a common objective of showcasing Manchester and the north west as one of the best cities and regions to visit in the UK. We’re looking forward to working with Visit Manchester over the next year.”
Sheona Southern, Managing Director at Marketing Manchester, added: “Lancashire Cricket Club is a brilliant ambassador for Greater Manchester and the continuation of this partnership is hugely important, especially after such a wonderful year of cricket at Emirates Old Trafford which helped to strengthen the region’s unequivocal position as a globally sporting destination.
“I’m especially happy to see that our renewed partnership dovetails with the Lancashire Cricket pre-season tour in Mumbai and that we have the chance to support the Club through our travel trade relationships in India, one of our key international markets. With the pull and influencer of a world-class cricket team, the partnership has the potential to open up some fantastic new international engagement opportunities for Greater Manchester.”
As part of the partnership, Visit Manchester will continue to be the lead partner on the Club’s Royal London Cup shirt and will also have a branded presence in-bowl at the stadium.
Visit Manchester is part of the Club’s family of partners, which includes premium brands such as Emirates, Heineken, Hilton, Titanic Distillers and Clarity.