Donegal hotel invests €1m in new conference centre

Four-star Donegal hotel Harvey’s Point has invested €1m in the development of new conference facilities as it aims to attract more corporate clients. The hotel has been a winner of Trip Advisor’s No.1 Hotel in Ireland for five consecutive years.

The new conference centre, named The Garden Suite, can cater for up to 4,000 delegates and management says it is aiming to host up to 50 conferences per year.

“Adding The Garden Suite Conference Centre is an exciting new addition to the Harvey’s Point portfolio,” says owner Deirdre McGlone.

“We have put a lot of thought into the entire process and know what the corporate world needs from a hotel… We have designed and constructed our corporate venue so that our clients can have their own private entrance and car park.”

The hotel’s business was predominantly summer-oriented and it does not stay open all winter. Now the owners believe the conference facilities will enable the hotel stay open all year round in 2017, reducing the effect of seasonality.

“We have had increased demand for meetings and conferences from our guests and the corporate world for years and we realise that now was the time to reinvest and deliver to customer demand,” McGlone adds. “We identified a gap in the market in Ireland for an exclusive corporate venue like this and acknowledging the hard work that organisations like Fáilte Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Donegal Tourism, The Wild Atlantic Way Initiative & Donegal County Council, to name but a few, are doing to promote Ireland and Donegal globally, Donegal is now recognised as an attractive destination for both leisure travellers and for business corporate events. We are delighted to add value to their hard work.”

“We were once a seasonal business, but we are now open all year round and know that in addition to our existing leisure and wedding business, there is huge potential for growth in the corporate market, particularly midweek and off season.”

Martin Fullard

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Martin Fullard

Martin Fullard: journalist, presenter, producer. Martin is the Deputy Editor at Conference News and Conference & Meetings World magazines. He leads the digital channels on Mash Media’s Conference Division as well as heading up Mash TV. He is formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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