De Vere cites war for bookings lull

De Vere has cited the mood of uncertainty over war with Iraq as the reason it has seen a decline in conference bookings. The hotel group has witnessed a downturn in the number of residential meetings being booked into its larger conference hotels this year. This is in contrast to 10% growth at the end of 2002. Director of marketing and strategy Alasdair McNee said enquiry levels were still high, but they are no longer being converted to bookings. “Both agencies and corporates are nervous of signing contracts while the uncertainty surrounding war continues,” he said. He added that the company is currently debating its policy regarding cancellation fees.

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