TWC celebrates half century at No.11 Cavendish Square

The Westminster Collection
(TWC)
 celebrated its 50th member with a reception at member venue No.11 Cavendish Square’s Orangery, 12
January.

TWC CEO René Dee, welcomed guests and said 28 Portland Place
had pipped 86 St James to
become the 50th member of an organisation that had grown 100 per cent
in 12 months. “This,” said Dee, “speaks
volumes for what we are
offering.”

“Our 50 venues coming together is both
powerful and attractive to those whom we wish to
influence.”

Dee added that TWC was a focused, innovative and
collegiate organisation that had “provided a model for others who have followed
us”.

Dee noted member venues’ real estate was in some of the most sought after locations in the world
and had seen £200m worth of capital investment in the past decade.

Turnover from TWC venues, Dee puts at £100m for the past financial year. His target
for the next 12 months, he said was “greater affiliation and
funding”.

Some funding already comes from the local council and Cllr. Brian Connell,
Cabinet Member for Business, Enterprise and Skills, Westminster City Council,
said although business tourism brings 2.5m visitors to London each year, “it was
still difficult to give the sector the profile it
deservers”.

“Videoconferencing will take us so far, but
there is nothing to beat face-to-face interaction to see deals get done,” the
Cllr added, noting member venue One
Great George Street had won the right to host the media centre for the 2012
Olympics.

TWC had done two valuable things for the
politicians, Cllr. Connell told CN: “Firstly, highlighting the distinction
between business tourism and tourism generally, and, secondly, making it easier
for the council to understand what kind of support was
needed.”

Guests were also treated to an a cappella concert from Cantabile, aka The
London Quartet.

TWC’s next showcase event is set for 1 Whitehall Place on
8 February.

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