The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre (QEIICC) has revealed a 26 per cent increase in event enquiries in quarters one and two of 2014 compared with the same period last year, as it continues with its £12m refurbishment.
Conferences incorporating catering and exhibition space are generating the highest number of enquiries, followed by requests for receptions, award dinners and meetings.
Operating surplus is 143 per cent ahead of the year-to-date target, according to venue management. This figure is reflective of 98 percent occupancy.
Room hire in June 2014 generated revenue higher than ever achieved in a single month in the venue’s 28-year history.
Similar success has been reported with the QEIICC’s in-house AV service Interface, which has surpassed its budgetary forecast for June, achieving its highest ever revenue in a singlemonth.
The QEIICC’s catering partner Leith’s has reported concessionary catering revenue increasing by 83 per cent in June compared with the same period in 2013.
“This excellent team and business performance continues to suggest that the market is maintaining its recovery and we’re feeling positive,” says Chief Executive Mark Taylor. “Our client feedback continues to be impressive with many positive comments and high satisfaction ratings. Overall client satisfaction for the last quarter was 98 per cent, so I’m delighted not only with the volume of business we’re enjoying, but with the quality of our delivery too.
“We’re recognising our diversity and our capabilities and our capital investment programme is a clear indication of our move to re-energise and future-proof this iconic meetings and events destination,” he adds.
Works commenced on site on 19July, with the centre set to reopen on 1 September.
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