9th February 2017
Coincidence and a bit of luck brought me to Dubai for a long weekend in January. I always find the UK weather quite unbearable in the winter months, so I was very grateful for a bit of warmth and sunshine.
To make this holiday even better, I was lucky enough to experience the Ritz Carlton Dubai in the International Financial Centre. An incredible venue that never fails to impress. Whether you are staying in Dubai for business or leisure the Ritz Carlton is highly recommended.
This luxury hotel has a perfect mix of contemporary and traditional styles, offering 28,113 square feet of versatile function space that can accommodate any size meeting, up to 1,300 delegate theatre style.
There are eight meeting rooms conveniently located on the Mezanine floor of the hotel. A magnificent Ballroom which is divisible by four and has eight additional function rooms.
All throughout the hotel members of staff were professional, approachable, friendly and ready to assist.
We spend two nights in a Premier Room on the 10th floor. The room had a fantastic view of the financial centre. I t was extremely spacious and had the most incredible bathroom - practically a miniature spa!
We were very impressed by the overall attention to detail and all hotel facilities, including a fantastic roof top outdoor pool, where we were greeted with an ice coffee to wish us a good day ahead.
The fitness centre also features a wide range of equipment for all levels of fitness, including brand new weights and exercises machines.
Personalised touches go as far as asking for your initial and then making an individual personalised drink, in my case a cappuccino!
Overall, we had an amazing time. The Ritz Carlton Dubai International Financial Centre is a superb venue with some fantastic facilities, bedrooms and meeting rooms.
Special thanks to Sajeev and all members of staff for making our stay extra pleasant!
PS - If you are thinking to head off to Dubai for your next meeting, think Ritz Carlton and contact us for more info!
4th January 2017
As we come to the end of our 30th year in business we’ve had lots of opportunities to reflect on the years since 1986 when The Conference People was created. Our free Venue Finding Service has found the perfect location for literally thousands of conferences, meetings and events, we have provided Event Management for a massive range of different clients, we managed Euro96 for the Football Association and we set up our own event series The World Social Marketing Conference. Nothing has been too small or seemingly straightforward and indeed nothing too large – our largest conference was for over 5,000 delegates! We pride ourselves in having the most up to date intelligence on venues across the world.
The reflecting bit is done now and as ever we are looking to the future with new challenges. If finding the right venue was easy you wouldn’t be needing us but in 2016 we increased our client roster to over 1,000 including world renowned organisations and associations – so the demand for what we do is stronger than ever!
Our services are sharp and fit for 2017, built around providing tailored, personal attention to detail and we really hope to work with you!
Here's to a Happy and Successful New Year from us all!
The Conference People.
14th December 2016
“Please can you organise some team building activities for an afternoon…..” one of my earliest conference clients asked me when I started The Conference People thirty years ago. We obviously rose to the challenge, and arranged and afternoon of duck herding, archery, blind Landrover driving and raft building – it poured with rain but everyone had a wonderful time!
My goodness, team building has come a long way since then. And a highly specialised service too; where you need to clearly identify objectives, delegate profile, budgets and so on. This is an area that we have developed over the years as the opportunities and possibilities have become more sophisticated. We often work with consultants who major in particular types of activity – we always know where to get the best programme with real value for money. Some of our recent events have included wine tasting, cocktail making and producing your own gin! (hic)
With budgets under tight control these activities are not necessarily expensive and we love adding creative input to our proposals. They can be outside or indoors and held almost anywhere, some take a more cerebral approach but can be no less exciting and those more physical activities can still involve people of all fitness levels and age groups.
Tell us your budget and how much time we’ve got and we will give you a range of the very best ideas!