Pub meetings on the up according to Expotel

Booking pubs as venues for meetings is a growing trend
among cost-conscious planners, according to travel and management services group

Expotel’s Head of Partner Services, Mark Bevan, says: “Almost every week
Expotel is now booking smart pub-type venues for meetings because they are seen
as a viable ‘no-frills’ option. As notions of prestige decline in favour of
consideration of price, the relatively pub basic offering is proving to be a
workable alternative to a dedicated meetings environment for a growing number of

“The value-filled tariffs for function suites-cum-meeting
rooms as well as generous catering arrangements, with breakouts held in bar
booths, are a very serviceable option for some less formal event types.”

However, Bevan says that hotels should be aware of the threat
posed by pubs, “Not only for the possible
room hire savings represented but also because of the perceptions of better
value meals and refreshments as well as common pub offerings such as free Wi-Fi”.

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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