Dolce Hotels and Resorts has announced a 45% increase in UK outbound conference and meetings bookings across its portfolio of properties in Europe and North America, demonstrating a growing confidence from the UK outbound market and a return to better budgets for 2011.
The latest figures, announced at Dolce’s UK Showcase Event, show a 50% increase in bookings to Europe and a 25% increase in bookings to North America from the UK during 2009/10 compared to the previous year. This figure is set to increase in 2011 with the group already seeing an increased interest in bookings this year.
Dolce’s Chief Revenue Officer, Barry Goldstein comments: “It’s really encouraging to see such a marked increase in bookings coming from the UK. Whilst our customers from the UK are still cautious, we are starting to see healthy signs of improvement with bookings up and more leads coming through than we saw in the same period of the previous year. This underlines a growing trend that for the right venue and product, people are willing to spend money to know they will deliver event success.”
This recent news underlines the business’ continued success in attracting the UK outbound market, who on the first signs of a return to better budgets, choose to take their business to Dolce venues. “The UK is a crucial territory for the Dolce brand, we work with many businesses across Britain to bring their meetings and events into Europe and to the US,” adds Goldstein.
Dolce announced the latest results at its bi-annual UK showcase event which took place last night at the exclusive London restaurant, Avenue aimed at event agencies, planners and corporates. The event also saw Goldstein outline the brands’ vision for the future, including its renewed focus on quality food and beverage for delegates and the company’s latest technological solutions that demonstrate its commitment to raising service levels to meeting and event planners and ensuring group guests a superior event experience.
Guests were also treated to a preview of Dolce’s new New Urban Hotel Model in Downtown Indianapolis due to open late 2012, adding to the group’s latest openings at Munich, Seaview, Silverado and Ravella at Lake Las Vegas.
Dolce Hotels and Resorts, a privately held operator of 27 upscale hotels, resorts and conference hotels in North America and Europe founded in 1981, is majority-owned by Broadreach Capital Partners. The company, headquartered in Rockleigh, N.J., employs more than 4,000 worldwide.
Dolce’s portfolio includes properties in Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado, California, Ontario, Texas, Nevada, Belgium, France, Spain and Germany.
As a leader in the meetings industry, Dolce hosts some 30,000 events and 4 million group clients globally every year. The company’s founder pioneered the conference center concept and Complete Meeting Package, both now embraced as standards by the International Association of Conference Centres.
The company’s vision is to create inspiring environments that bring people together, and its mission is to delight its guests, challenge its associates, reward its owners and serve as a role model in its communities.
Additional information is available at www.dolcemeetings.com.