CWT Meetings & Events reports 37% rise in venue find requests

CWT Meetings & Events has seen a 37% increase in venue find requests for September 2014, compared to September 2013, with the bulk of enquiries for domestic events.

Ian Cumming, MD, CWT Meetings & Events UK & Ireland
Ian Cumming, MD, CWT Meetings & Events UK & Ireland

"Venue find requests are just off the scale and every month we have consistently seen an increase of around 33-34% on the same month the previous year, peaking at 37% in September," said Ian Cummings, managing director at CWT Meetings & Events UK & Ireland.

He added that the trend is towards more domestic events and venues rather than overseas.

"A significant percentage of the requests are for domestic locations, so clients are staying in the UK, but we are finding delegate numbers, event length and spend per head increasing.

"Budgets are definitely coming back and companies are trying to get people together for events again, but many still have cost restrictions in place, so they are holding longer UK-based events to save on flight costs, but often over two or three days and adding gala dinners to make it special," he said.

In August, Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) reported sales of £8.67bn for the first half of 2014 - a 2.7% increase year-on-year.

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