New research by QHotels reveals that despite the recession ¼ of
businesses are set to book more conferences in 2013, in a bid to
bring staff together more frequently to help boost morale and
increase staff training.
Yet instead of relying on in house staff to book and organise
2013's conferences, UK businesses are becoming more efficient and
utilising individual hotel's conference experience and entrusting
them to book and arrange the logistics of their meetings. The
average UK business only invests four working days each year
During the recession conferences have seen a real shift away
from residential meetings, with 2/3 of companies (65%) only willing
to travel up to two hours and nearly 70% of businesses insisting
that conferences only last one day.
Over half (64%) of
businesses in the UK look for versatile conference areas and
QHotels has gone to great lengths to accommodate meetings bookers
in the past. In December, the canteen at The Queens hotel in Leeds
was transformed into a gym in just 14 hours for a UK Sport
conference as the company requested gym facilities for its
Joanne Barrett, Head of Meeting & Event Operations at
QHotels, said: "It's great news to hear that the conference sector
is set to grow in 2013 and it seems companies are keen to bring
their teams together more frequently.
We're completely dedicated to making the conference booking /
organising process as simple as possible and we've even be
recognised for our dedication by VenueVerdict - the industry's
stamp of approval for meetings and events - we've scooped the No.1
Brand Award 2012 in VenueVerdict's Large Groups category for the
second year running."
QHotels, the four star hotel group, which has a range of 21
unique hotels in locations across the UK, offers a range of
conference and meeting packages to suit all budgets, including the
Total Meetings Package which has no hidden costs, enabling bookers
to both stay within budget and enjoy a stress free conference
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