Hotel group Jurys Inn has invested over £1m in refurbishing its meeting rooms and breakout areas over the last two years as part of its ongoing CAPEX investment. New décor, furnishings and LCD mounted projectors, as well as other technical equipment have also been upgraded.
Jurys Inn says the CAPEX investment is only part of its wider plans to turn its spotlight onto what is a key area of growth. Across its property portfolio of 31 properties in the UK and Ireland, there are 204 meeting rooms collectively providing 2,882 delegate spaces theatre-style.
The hotel group says it is focused on developing both a consolidated meetings offering and training the dedicated meetings and events team to ensure there is consistency of delivery. Following the launch of ’Jurys Meetings’ last year, Jurys Inn has achieved AIM accreditation and created a new group meetings and events manager position.
Gemma Royle, who has worked for Jurys Inn for nearly seven years, will take up the role of Group Meetings and Events and Sales Support Manager. She will be responsible for developing and training the company’s meeting and events co-ordinators, as well as looking at ways to improve best practices across the group in order to further strengthen the company’s position in the meetings and events marketplace.
Royle will also work closely with the Meetings Industry Association (MIA) and their code of conduct to ensure that the group is delivering the highest standard within the marketplace, as well as continuing to work towards achieving AIM gold level accreditation.
“We are proud of our new meetings product and we are committed to raising the standards not only as a group but across the industry,” said Head of Sales at Jurys Inn, Marc Webster (pictured).
“We want to be seen as a major contender in the meetings arena and that’s why we will continue to raise the bar until we achieve our gold level accreditation.
“One of the reasons we chose to become AIM accredited was to use their resources to help us develop our meetings business – a clear benchmark if you like as to what our product should be aspiring to.”
Webster has recently accepted an invitation to serve on MIA’s board for the second time in five years, and at a MIA celebratory lunch in April , the top 10 meetings and events people were announced, which included Jurys Inn Aberdeen’s Meetings and Events Executive, Rachel Sillery.
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