¼ of businesses set to book more conferences in 2013

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 organising conferences.

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 attending delegates.  

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 experience.


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