UK venue day-delegate rate grows 10%

The average UK meeting venue day delegate rate has grown 10.5% but 24-hour rates have declined in a number of destinations according to a survey by agency Conference Care of its clients. In the fourth quarter of 2007, the average day delegate rate was £50.66, up from £45.84. London achieved the top day delegate rate - more than £65. In contrast, 24-hour rates fell in Birmingham, Bristol, and Manchester, which Conference Care attributes to corporate clients “tightening their belts and replacing residential conferences with day events”. The survey also attributed the decline in Birmingham’s 24-hour rates to the destination hosting fewer events and a “saturated hotel market”. Conference Care director Chris Peacock said: “In the UK, it’s been a trend to have a one-day event rather than a two-day residential conference and there’s more of a focus on events from procurement and the purchasing side, where spend is being analysed.” He anticipates the trend will continue in 2008, particularly in the tough economic climate forecast. However, London is an exception: “London is fortunate in that demand outstrips supply and in that case, venues can be quite aggressive price-wise,” said Peacock. The survey was based on data from 3,000 client inquiries made to venue finder and event management agency Conference Care between October and December last year. The agency’s clients are mostly UK-based and comprise corporates, associations, the public sector and charities.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles
and free email bulletins.

Register now
Already registered?
Sign in
Expert offers advice on unusual dietary requirements

Expert offers advice on unusual dietary requirements

Food and allergen specialist explains why you should take every allergy request seriously.

New 3,000 capacity venue Magazine London launches with big name events

New 3,000 capacity venue Magazine London launches with big name events

North Greenwich venue opens its doors with high-profile industry events announced for Autumn 2019.

Events industry can combat climate change in two key ways, says UN officer

Events industry can combat climate change in two key ways, says UN officer

As people take part in global climate strikes ahead of Monday's UN Climate Change Summit, how can the events industry play its part?

New global executive creative director for 2Heads

New global executive creative director for 2Heads

Latest appointment for the agency will oversee the expansion of creative and design teams.

How voice recognition is changing the industry

How voice recognition is changing the industry

Voice technology is about more than playlists and weather reports - wayfinding is helping to show just how useful the tech is.

'Overtourism does not really exist, it is a media creation'

'Overtourism does not really exist, it is a media creation'

Professor Dimitrios Buhalis explains why there's no such thing as overtourism, just bad management of destinations.

Bruges to open new convention centre in 2021

Bruges to open new convention centre in 2021

Famous Portuguese architect has made natural daylight a top selling point of the new city-centre venue.

BeSixth hires head of global strategic partnerships

BeSixth hires head of global strategic partnerships

The recently-launched event agency's new appointment will be based in the Los Angeles office.

What's happening at Italy at Hand, The Event, 2019 in Rome this year.

Case study: Australasian Animal Studies Association Conference

Case study: Australasian Animal Studies Association Conference

The conference in Christchurch, New Zealand focused on indigenous attitudes towards human-animal relations.

LATEST JOBS