Companies get party started with 12% rise in Christmas bookings

Bookings for Christmas parties are up by 12% this year, according to Evolve Events.

A Christmas party in Belfast
A Christmas party in Belfast

The event management company says that, following the recession, bosses are increasingly rewarding staff by budgeting for staff entertainment, including Christmas parties. Its findings are based on confirmations and enquiries for the 2013/14 festive season.

While Christmas party bookings as a whole have increased 12% in a year, the company has seen a 17% rise in more intimate dinners for fewer than 150 guests. Bookings for 600 or more guests remain uncommon.

Increasingly, companies are looking to hold their Christmas parties in January, with bookings for January 2014 up 8% year-on-year.

Gary Peters, managing director at Evolve Events, said: "It’s evident that companies are finally experiencing the end of the recession, as we are now receiving a high level of bookings, even moving into January, which is unusual.

"Even though companies are increasing their Christmas party spend, they are still wary of being seen to book for larger parties. It’s imperative that we continue to identify market trends, as the shift in spend behaviour reflects the state of the economy."

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