The booking window for 2016
Christmas parties is well-underway, with the most organised, or
those who will be hosting a party for large numbers, all
prioritising getting their booking confirmed ahead of the school
Already this year's trends are
Joanne Barratt, Group
Operations Manager at QHotels, said: "We're starting to see a
return to larger party budgets from our bookers and this is having
an impact on the night of week chosen for Christmas parties and the
type of events
"More organisers are
booking peak periods for their Christmas events, favouring weekend
nights over the more cost-effective week days. The number of
bookers choosing Friday and Saturday nights has increased by over
six per cent from 2014 to 2015 at our hotels and we anticipate a
similar rise again this year.
"This preference for
premium party nights, over off-peak evenings is largely a result of
increased budgets. The average budget per person has risen by as
much as 50 per cent at some of our hotels over the last two years,
which shows corporates are prepared to spend a bit more to create
the perfect party experience for employees.
"Recently we've seen
more event organisers also choosing venues because they can offer
more than just the Christmas party, such as the option to combine
the party with their annual conference or include residential
stays. This means that they not only require a party venue, but a
destination with suitable conference facilities and
"When it comes to
themes and decoration, we've seen some bookers being inspired by
unusual trends and some are requesting non-traditional events. One
of our hotels, Oulton Hall in Leeds, is hosting a German
market-themed event for corporates this year. Guests will be
encouraged to wear Christmas jumpers and will be served from
various authentic stalls inside the venue, offering a really
festive and continental experience.
special party theme nights are becoming more popular to some
organisers, traditional themes such as 1920s, Hollywood and Las
Vegas are still frequently seen at our corporate Christmas parties.
This is due to the majority of bookers still seeking experiences
that are tried and tested and likely to get employees in the
If you've not yet secured
this year's Christmas party booking, talk to our event teams about
how we add sparkle to your 2016 celebrations.
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