Congress Centre defies crunch

The London venue's occupancy rate stays at 78%

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London conference and events venue, the Congress Centre, has already achieved its sales target for 2008, and its occupancy rate has been running at an average of 78% over the past nine months.

However, this success is set against some events with long lead-times being cancelled as a result of the current economic uncertainty, according to Ruby Lyall, the venue's conference and sales manager. "The credit crunch has had an impact on business and a few conferences which were booked some time in advance have been cancelled, however, we have since received bookings for other events with short lead times which have more than made up for this," she says.

The venue, whose largest space, the Congress Hall, can accommodate 500 delegates theatre-style, is hoping to carry this success into the New Year and reports a strong order book for 2009.

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