No Brexit pinch in Bristol as top hotel sees increases

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DoubleTree by Hilton, Bristol City Centre, has reported a 20% rise in conference bookings year-on-year during July and August. The rise is attributed to an increase in the number of business visitors to the city.

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The venue has been successful in attracting visitors since recently opening a new £650,000 conference and meeting centre. Bosses at the Redcliffe Way-based hotel are looking forward to a robust Autumn and busy run up to the Christmas period.

John Dowling

John Dowling

DoubleTree general manager John Dowling said: “It’s great that during what is normally a relatively quiet time of the year has ended up being a busy period for us here. Looking ahead bookings are strong for the rest of the year.

“Attention to detail has been key for us internally this year as well as investment in new facilities and this has paid off in terms of the response from customers and repeat business.

“Having a brand name that people are familiar with has also helped attract more people to the city who are familiar with the Hilton name.

“Our proximity to Temple Meads [railway station] has been a big factor for those looking for somewhere to hold a meeting or conference and to have a name like DoubleTree.”

Away from the hotel Dowling believes increased business around Temple Meads and the Temple Quarter has pulled in more trade to the city and is expecting work on the new Redcliffe Quarter to help cement the city’s reputation.

Development work at Bristol Airport and the increase in flights to new destinations has also had an influence on conference levels.

Dowling added: “Even post-Brexit business confidence helped boost trade. The conference and meetings market is critically important to the success of the hospitality industry and our investment has helped position Bristol as a destination for business events.”

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Martin Fullard is the Deputy Editor at Conference News. Formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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