Visa hires Hilton London Metropole for Olympics

Visa has hired the Hilton London Metropole for its event activity during the 2012 Olympic Games.

Visa in Hilton Games deal
Visa in Hilton Games deal

The financial services giant, which is one of the sponsors of the Olympics, has hired the majority of the four-star hotel's event spaces, with first option to book events and meetings throughout the Games for up to 3,000 delegates.

Meanwhile, the Hilton Metropole London, which renovated all its meeting room and event spaces earlier this year, is poised to refurbish and expand its lobby in size by 45% after the Games.

The hotel's general manager, Avner On, said that, as well as the ongoing multi-million pound redevelopment of the property, his focus has been on staff retention.

"Looking after staff has been my priority," he said, "and I've managed to cut staff turnover by 80% since I joined in 2003. We have also seen vastly improved feedback from staff."

Visa works with event agencies including Bluehat UK and has previously hired venues including Forman's Fish Island, which is located near the Olympic Stadium. The brand, which is running an Olympic advertising campaign entitled Go World, is using the Games as a chance to promote its mobile phone payment system, Paywave.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles
and free email bulletins.

Register now
Already registered?
Sign in
World Petroleum Congress set for Calgary in 2023

World Petroleum Congress set for Calgary in 2023

The World Petroleum Council of Canada and Meetings Conventions Calgary (MCC) announces Calgary as host city for its 24th Congress.

'Giving young talent a chance to be hands-on with an event is so important'

'Giving young talent a chance to be hands-on with an event is so important'

A-List 2019: Sammi Wratten, event manager at TAG.

Red Bull Racing launches MK-7 event space

Red Bull Racing launches MK-7 event space

New venue in Milton Keynes has a central auditorium, boardroom and mezzanine area, with capacity for 450 people.

Case study: Think Tank at TEDxSydney 2019

Case study: Think Tank at TEDxSydney 2019

INVNT designed and produced the main event as well as designing its own Think Tank space.

2 days left for entries to C&IT Awards

2 days left for entries to C&IT Awards

The deadline to enter the C&IT Awards is 11.59pm on Thursday 27 June, so get your submissions in!

'You can only plan 95% of an event, there's 5% you can never predict'

'You can only plan 95% of an event, there's 5% you can never predict'

A-List 2019: Abigail White, event manager, OrangeDoor.

Conference and meeting spend in UK increases by £1.9 billion

Conference and meeting spend in UK increases by £1.9 billion

Research commissioned by Visit Britain finds MICE sector in good health, with the number of meetings at venues also rising.

4 pitching tips agencies need to know

4 pitching tips agencies need to know

The pitch can be your one chance to prove your credentials so certain elements are essential, says creative director of Timebased.

'If agencies paid more attention to training they would have a higher retention rate'

'If agencies paid more attention to training they would have a higher retention rate'

A-List 2019: Sam Ward, lead projects & event manager, Brandfuel.

In pictures: The first ever C&IT Summit

In pictures: The first ever C&IT Summit

London's Congress Centre hosted an industry gathering featuring panel debates, networking and virtual reality.

LATEST JOBS