Four of London’s most central venues got together recently to explore how they could work more closely together.
Church House Conference Centre, One Great George Street, The QEII Conference Centre (QEIICC) and Central Hall Westminster, all located around Parliament Square, recently participated in a ‘Venue Safari’.
Sales, operations and management staff from each venue spent an evening networking on the hoof, moving from venue to venue and finding out about opportunity at their neighbours’ venues.
The evening kicked off at One Great George Street, the venue for the London Media Centre for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, where Beef Wellington was on the menu. Next in line to host was The QEIICC where the team outlined its summer plans for the centre which plays host to Italy during London 2012.
Guests then enjoyed a range of main courses at a third venue, Central Hall Westminster, including a peek into the 2,160-seat auditorium that will be transformed to stage the 2012 Laureus World Sports Awards.
Last stop, for dessert, was Church House Conference Centre, where GM Robin Parker described the evening ‘Safari’ as a great success.
“Events like the Venue Safari provide us with an opportunity to learn more about each other. Although each venue is very different in terms of what it offers, you can still learn from each other’s experiences. The months ahead are very exciting and it was good to meet the teams at the other venues to see how they are looking to make the most of the opportunities available through 2012.”
Sue Etherington, Commercial Director at The QEIICC, added: “It was a fantastic evening and everybody came away having learnt something new. I look forward to repeating the exercise again in future and finding out how the venues have developed.”
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