Jersey: Island update

Investment in venues has seen Jersey's C&I business hold its own during the recession.

Jersey: Island update
Jersey: Island update

Reputed to be the sunniest spot in the British Isles, Jersey has been weathering the dark clouds of the downturn remarkably well. The island's C&I business has remained steady at about 300 events this year, with associations making up the shortfall in the corporate sector. Meanwhile, total delegate numbers are up around five per cent on last year.

Jersey Conference Bureau's general manager, Hamish Reid, says: "It is a challenging period but we offer a sufficient variety of venues and activities that can host a full range of events. The euro's exchange rate has also worked in our favour, with UK organisations that might previously have chosen the continent coming to us instead."

The island's hoteliers have taken the lead in ensuring Jersey's buoyancy, with millions of pounds invested in properties. The Pomme d'Or Hotel's main conference room, the 300-capacity Golden Apple Suite, has reopened following a £1m refurbishment. The Grand completed a £15m revamp last summer and recent arrivals such as the Radisson SAS Waterfront and Cardington House have boosted both the overall capacity and the diversity of Jersey's offering. "The four-star bed stock of Jersey has effectively been doubled in a very short space of time," says Reid.

As such, there's confidence that Jersey is well-equipped to capitalise when the market recovers. John Vibert, sales and marketing director at the island's largest C&I property, Hotel de France, says: "Over the past few years, the conference bureau has pushed hard and the fact we have so much trade is testament to that. What's changed is the realisation of how much you can do, and the fact it is all within easy reach. I'm certainly optimistic. As the recovery comes, Jersey will be perceived as a very good destination."

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles
and free email bulletins.

Register now
Already registered?
Sign in
In pictures: Events industry joins nationwide NHS tribute

In pictures: Events industry joins nationwide NHS tribute

As the UK came together to thank frontline healthcare workers, venues did their bit to mark the occasion.

Fears freelancers will be forced into debt despite UK chancellor’s intervention

Fears freelancers will be forced into debt despite UK chancellor’s intervention

Relief for freelancers welcomed by HBAA chair amid concerns many will have to take out loans before a payout in June.

How many MICE businesses have a complete travel ban in place?

How many MICE businesses have a complete travel ban in place?

Nearly 2,000 MICE professionals reveal whether their company has banned business travel in part three of C&IT's Impact of Coronavirus Report.

LIVE UPDATES: Which international events are being cancelled

LIVE UPDATES: Which international events are being cancelled

All the latest postponements and cancellations as the world deals with the spread of coronavirus.

Events industry applauds ExCeL's hospital transformation

Events industry applauds ExCeL's hospital transformation

The conference venue is expected to be ready for action as a huge coronavirus hospital by next week.

‘Kill the agenda, it gets in the way of creativity’

‘Kill the agenda, it gets in the way of creativity’

A detailed event schedule doesn’t leave much room for flexibility or self-expression, says INVNT’s Adam Harriden.

How coronavirus is changing event contracts and insurance forever

How coronavirus is changing event contracts and insurance forever

A need for more detailed contracts has been highlighted in C&IT’s Impact of Coronavirus Report, which surveyed 2,000 event professionals.

Aeorema Communications acquires Eventful

Aeorema Communications acquires Eventful

The deal marks Aeorema's 'conviction in the future and recovery of the events and MICE industry'.

Largest stimulus bill in US history agreed

Largest stimulus bill in US history agreed

A nearly $2-trillion package will boost the US economy amid the COVID-19 outbreak after both sides of the senate reached an agreement.

Industry support line launched by Stress Matters

Industry support line launched by Stress Matters

Help by phone and Whatsapp is available to event professionals who would like to talk to a trained mental health first aider.