Hampshire Conference Bureau to increase conferences and events in Portsmouth

“In a bid to increase conference traffic, and to profile Portsmouth as the destination to hold events, the Hampshire Conference Bureau held a familiarisation event for conference and event agents across from the UK.

The event took place over the weekend of Friday 14th-16th October 2016, and saw agents introduced to a variety of venues across Portsmouth.

Starting at the Portsmouth Marriott Hotel on Friday 14th October, guests were welcomed with a Conker G&T and canapes on arrival, followed by a sumptuous dinner accompanied by a pianist.

Guests stayed at one of three participating hotels: The Solent Hotel & Spa, Holiday Inn Portsmouth or Holiday Inn Express Gunwharf Quays, each boasting different benefits.

On Saturday guests enjoyed breakfast, followed by a tour of Portsmouth Guildhall and a networking lunch with various Portsmouth venue representatives. Guests then enjoyed a leisurely afternoon, with opportunities to explore the shopping at Gunwharf Quays, revel in the city’s culture at the Historic Dockyard, or relax with a stroll along the waterfront.

Saturday evening consisted of a drinks and canapes reception and a tour of No Man’s Fort, the unmissable venue with a 150 year history. After returning to dry land, everyone soared to the top of the 110m high Emirates Spinnaker Tower for a buffet reception with a view.

The weekend concluded with a final night at the hotels, and guests had the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely Sunday at some of Portsmouth’s best attractions including the D-day Museum, Charles Dickens House, Emirates Spinnaker Tower or the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

“Just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and your colleagues for the Portsmouth familiarisation weekend. It was absolutely brilliant and Tim and I had a fabulous time. So useful to see the different venues, experience the hotel and see something of the city. The trip out to the Fort was amazing as was the Spinnaker Tower..” Lesley James, ArrangeMy

“A fantastic event arranged by Hampshire Conference Bureau which has showcased Portsmouth as a whole, to make it that destination to visit. It was great to see all the businesses coming together and working to jointly to promote the city.” Martin Waters, Portsmouth Marriott Hotel

“Thank you Hampshire Conference Bureau for arranging another successful familiarisation trip. With a jammed packed weekend full of a mixture of activities and dining we got to showcase Portsmouth at its very best.” Hannah Waller, Portsmouth Guildhall

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