Former Manchester United FC footballer, Gary Neville, is to deliver a keynote speech on behalf of Greater Manchester's property professionals at MIPIM 2014.
His speech will take place on the Manchester Stand at MIPIM on Thursday 13 March and will focus on Hotel Football, which is due to open in autumn 2014 opposite Old Trafford football ground.
Hotel Football is the latest venture from Neville's hospitality company, GG Hospitality, which was set up with former team-mate, Ryan Giggs, and hotelier Stuart Procter. The 139-bedroom hotel, which features a football pitch on the roof, will serve match day fans, as well as families, tourists and business users.
Neville's presentation will be one of six Manchester stand events taking place at MIPIM this year.
The theme for the Manchester at MIPIM Partnership 2014 is the influence and spirit of collaboration and sessions will highlight major developments and projects across the city-region that are impacting on one another.
Manchester's Stand presentations take place twice a day during MIPIM. They will each be streamed live online and speakers include.
Confirmed sessions so far include, shown at UK times:
Tuesday 11 March
9.30am: Jim O'Neill, economist on importance of cities in global economy
2.45pm: Sir Howard Bernstein, Manchester City Council and Eamonn Boylan, Stockport Council, accelerating recovery – plugging the investment gap
Wednesday 12 March
9.30am: Chris Oglesby, Bruntwood and Rowena Burns, Manchester Science Parks. From Big Science to Big Enterprise
2.45pm: David Partridge, MAG and Wang Weibo, Beijing Construction Engineering Group. Airport City Manchester – Connecting an Intelligent City
Thursday 13 March
9.30am: Eddie Smith, Manchester City Council; Mike Ingall, Allied London. Meeting the Residential Growth Challenge: People; Investment; Place
2.45pm: Gary Neville. My Manchester – a Personal Perspective on the City
Andrew Stokes, chief executive of Marketing Manchester, said: "Gary Neville is a fantastic ambassador for Manchester and a welcome addition to the series of Manchester at MIPIM Partnership events.
"Gary's involvement with our activity this year exemplifies the city's spirit of collaboration and connectivity. With the support of 59 partners and a lively and engaging week of activity planned, Manchester will once again be a significant focal point for the international property community this March."