MeetBarceló celebrates its first birthday
In just over a year, Barceló UK has taken the MICE market by storm following the launch of its dedicated meetings concept, MeetBarceló.
As well as being nominated for ‘Most Improved Overall Brand’ in a recent BDRC survey of the Best Performing Hotel Brands in Britain, the group’s interactive venue portal meetbarcelo.co.uk scooped bronze for ‘Best Website’ at the 2009 MIMA awards.
Designed to deliver enhanced packages, money back guarantees and top class service, MeetBarceló strives to make life easier for conference and event organisers on the road. All inclusive packages Meet & More and Meet & Train provide customers with everything they need to ensure a teambuilding or training event runs smoothly, without compromising on quality.
Paul Harnedy, Regional Director at Barceló UK says: “As a direct result of our MeetBarceló campaign we have seen a surge in positive feedback and repeat clients, proving that our half a million pound investment was worth it. This is not just a meetings product but a dedicated service which can be tailored to meet our client’s individual needs and deliver bespoke events.”
Esther Hargreaves, Procurement and Supplier Relations Manager at Venues Event Management has used MeetBarceló to organise a number of events for her clients.
She says, “The MeetBarceló brand replicates our own core values and gives our clients the reassurance of knowing that they will receive a dedicated service with no holds barred in terms of customers’ individual needs. The exceptional service that customers receive with MeetBarceló is second to none, giving us the confidence that our clients will be looked after.”
Scott Dransfield, Managing Director of Boode says: "We hold our annual customer workshop at the Barceló Hinckley Island Hotel - the facilities at the hotel are in a league of their own. Its central location & easy access to the motorway network make it an obvious choice for any event or function. The MeetBarceló team are totally client focused and consistently "go the extra mile" to ensure everything goes smoothly, this is welcome peace of mind for any event organiser!"
Interactive venue portal, meetbarcelo.co.uk, provides users with an efficient online booking tool as well as in-depth venue information, virtual floor plans and budget calculators. Having clocked up 134,342 unique users in its first year as well as an impressive amount of online booking forms, it’s clear that the site has been a successful platform for the brand.
So after a great year, what can customers expect next from MeetBarceló?
“We are already experiencing a rise in teambuilding events as companies look to invest in their staff and boost morale, so we have appointed a number of new suppliers to offer our clients an exciting new range of activities”, says Paul Harnedy.
“Expect Dragon Boat Racing, Art attack challenges and human sheep herding. Food has also gone under the microscope and we are now offering healthier menus with locally sourced ingredients.”
With over 2800 bedrooms and 217 conference and meeting rooms, plus Health & Leisure Clubs and spacious grounds for team building and outdoor events in many locations, Barceló UK offers extensive facilities to both corporate and leisure guests.
Day delegate rates at Barceló UK’s 21 hotels start from £25 per person.
For more information visit: meetbarcelo.co.uk