21st August 2008

Delegates appreciate a royal touch

With the conferencing industry growing more competitive by the year, treating guests and delegates is becoming more comp. . .

<p>With the conferencing industry growing more competitive by the year, treating guests and delegates is becoming more competitive than ever and, fortunately for corporate events organisers, doing just this has never been easier.<br/>Just as millions of homeowners across the country are now finding themselves looking down the back of the sofa for some loose change so as to cope with recent rises in the cost of living, so too are the owners of some of the UK's most prestigious venues throwing their doors open to corporate guests in order to ensure that they are able to hold onto their stately pile without having to sell the family furniture. </p><p>When it comes to giving guests the red carpet treatment, arguably nowhere comes close to The Royal Houseguards, right in the heart of London. </p><p>Having benefitted from a £16.3 million makeover courtesy of new owners Guoman Hotels, the venue boasts come of the finest conferencing and events facilities not just in the capital, but also in the whole of the UK, with several rooms full of the latest technology located within the One Whitehall Place addition to the famous hotel. </p><p>Built in 1884 in the style of a classic French chateau, the venue has served as the home of the British Secret Service for the duration of the First World War as well as one of the sets for the 1983 Bond film Octopussy, meaning guests who choose to hang around after an event will be able to enjoy a little bit of history. </p><p>Jon Beecroft, general manager of The Royal Horseguards, explained: "The Royal Horseguards is already a landmark London hotel thanks to its history and location at the heart of Westminster. </p><p>"It's truly fantastic that the hotel's reputation for outstanding service will be reinforced with new luxurious bedrooms and facilities, securing its position as one of the Capital's leading hotels." </p><p>However, just as the Queen doesn't just live at Buckingham Palace, such luxury can also be offered to guests attending conferences across the country. </p><p>Few venues in the UK can boast the history of Dover Castle, which as well as state-of-the-art conferencing facilities contains a labyrinth of secret tunnels within its thick walls, which have enabled it to serve as a vital point of defence along the south coast from the days of Henry II in the 12th century to the nerve centre of the Normandy landings in the Second World War. </p><p>A bit further off the beaten track, Dalhousie Castle offers a perfect luxurious and historical alternative for those organisations usually hosting events in nearby Edinburgh or Glasgow, while delegates may also enjoy escaping the busy cities of the north of England for the opulent Castle Howard, just outside the city of York. </p><p>Though the corporate world may well be feeling the effects of the global credit crunch, guests will always appreciate the regal treatment and splashing out a bit more on a unique experience can reap dividends in the long-run. <br/><img alt="ADNFCR-1753-ID-18744392-ADNFCR" src="http://feeds.directnews.co.uk/feedtrack/justcopyright.gif?feedid=1753&it..." /></p>