Yorkshire has been confirmed as the host location for the CycleSummit 2020 – an annual conference which brings together some of the biggest names in the cycle tourism industry.

It will be the first time in its 11-year history that Great Britain has been chosen to host this prestigious event. The summit will take place between 10-13 October and is expected to attract delegates from right across the globe. The 2019 event, for instance, was held in Nyborg, Denmark and 75 cycle tour operators from 25 countries were involved.

Yorkshire was selected as a direct result of Cycle England’s success in championing the county as a world-class cycle tourism destination in key foreign markets.   

Harrogate will be the main destination town for the summit and participants will visit other parts of the county during the four-day event, with many set to extend their stay and sample other local attractions once the main conference has concluded. 

Welcome to Yorkshire Chair Peter Box said: “Yorkshire has shown time and again just what a fantastic location it is for hosting major conferences and events, and we’re thrilled that CycleSummit 2020 will be taking place in our county.

“The event will allow us to showcase Yorkshire as a world-class cycling destination once again and we’re confident it will lead to more cycle tour operators across the globe highlighting the county as an amazing place to visit.”

CycleSummit Project Manager Managing Director Heiko Riekenberg said: “We’re delighted to be bringing CycleSummit 2020 to Yorkshire, and from visiting the county in preparation for the event, we know this going to be a very special summit.

“Our event combines networking, workshops and a B2B marketplace, and we always look to host it in an interesting and inspiring cycling destination. Yorkshire certainly ticks those boxes and we couldn’t wish for a more suitable host town than Harrogate to base ourselves during the summit.”



Editors’ Notes:

About Welcome to Yorkshire:

  • Welcome to Yorkshire is the official destination management organisation for Yorkshire, working to grow the county’s visitor economy.
  • Welcome to Yorkshire is a not-for-profit membership organisation, funded in part by grants, sponsorship and Welcome to Yorkshire members. All money raised is reinvested directly back into promoting Yorkshire.
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About CycleSummit:

CycleSummit is the annual b2b meeting / conference and marketplace for all cycling tour operators worldwide. The event is hosted by a European cycling destination that changes every year. CycleSummit features a very open atmosphere to facilitate interactions and exchanges. Core of the summit is the marketplace where operators can expand their offerings while connecting with new clients for both trips and products. www.cyclesummit.com 


About Cycle England:

Cycle England was one of a number of projects to receive funding from the UK Government’s £40 million Discover England Fund, which is administered by VisitEngland and involves a programme of activity to ensure that England stays competitive in the rapidly growing global tourism industry, by offering world-class English tourism products to the right customers at the right time. The Fund is a central government funded programme of activity, supported by match funding by partners in the public and private sectors. www.cycle-england.co.uk

For further information contact:

Nick Howes – Head of Sports Media

Email: nhowes@yorkshire.com

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