Venue Reservations Showcase attracts 300 new business enquiries
18-May-10by Annie Byrne
Event suppliers and venue exhibitors at the Venue Reservations Showcase, at Gibson Hall, London, say they have been “encouraged” by over 300 new business enquiries taken during the night. “The economy is still in recovery and venues need to maintain a strong presence in order to acquire and secure new business,” says head of Venue Reservations, Katie West. “It was encouraging to see such a variety of enquiries for all partner venues.” The showcase, which included venues from Venue Reservations’ portfolio including The Royal Courts of Justice, Tower Bridge and Church House Conference Centre, attracted 250 buyers. “We took an impressive amount of event enquiries and also responded to a number of requests for quotes for immediate business,” says events administrator for Merlin Events, Dominic Burris-North. “The enquiries represented a good cross section of events, from summer and Christmas parties to smaller networking events.” Venue Reservations recently reported generating revenue worth £5.3m in 2009, an increase of £1.1m, when compared to 2008 figures, where the company turned over £4.2m.