£5m refurbishment to Harrogate venue

One of the linchpins of the Harrogate conference scene is being re-launched following a £5 million refurbishment. The historic Old Swan Hotel, renowned throughout the world as the place where crime writer Agatha Christie ‘disappeared’ in 1926, is determined to regain its place among the leading destinations in the north of England for conferences – large or small. Work is due to be completed in January 2006 on transforming its seven conference suites and rebuilding the indoor Garden Room, one of the prime function venues in Harrogate. All 136 bedrooms and bathrooms are also being refurbished, along with the Library restaurant, the Wedgwood Restaurant and public areas. Old Swan Hotel general manager Paul Gill said Harrogate was a hotspot for conferences in industries ranging from education and pharmaceutical to financial and housing. “Harrogate remains extremely popular for national organisations and companies planning their annual conferences and product launches due to its excellent location and first-class conference facilities,” he said. “The Old Swan Hotel has always been a popular destination for conferences and, following our fantastic £5 million refurbishment, we are sure to attract new clients wanting to experience our first-class facilities. “We are ideal because we offer multi-purpose facilities to suit everything from private dinners and exhibitions to team building events and meetings, and have the added benefit of free car parking for up to 200 cars – a major money saver for companies holding events at the Old Swan,” he added.

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