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venuedirectory.com sees a 35% growth in enquiry volumes for meeting space

Online venue resource, venuedirectory.com, has announced a 35% growth in enquiry volumes for meeting space for the last week of August.

Michael Begley, managing director of venuedirectory.com, suggests the figures will continue to rise over the upcoming weeks as schools begin to re-open and as individuals return to offices.

He commented: “August is always a quieter month for meetings and events enquires, but we are in unusual times and to see a 35% growth is positive news for the industry. This data comes from our 100+ booking channels that we serve and should be seen as a sign of growing confidence.

“Although we are working from a lower base than before lockdown, enquiry volumes have been steadily growing since the beginning of July. The last week of August, traditionally see as ‘softer’ compared to other times of the year, delivered unexpected but welcome growth.”

Begley added: “We are all concerned about the possible impact of local lockdowns and changes to travel restrictions. That said, the success of the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme has shown that consumer confidence is growing. Likewise, we want to see business confidence continue to grow. Our sector already has a well-established track and trace system for delegates, so attending meetings is arguably safer than dining out at a restaurant.”