|A management team from Warwick Conferences travelled 5,000 miles on a study tour recently . . . only to find themselves visiting The Warwick of all places. The Warwick Hotel in Houston, Texas was one of the venues on a visit to the United States organised by the International Association of Conference Centres. Consequently, officials of Warwick Conferences used the opportunity to establish a link with their namesake when they were given a tour of the historic hotel.
“It was quite ironic to travel that distance and find ourselves visiting a place with such a familiar name, so we took the opportunity to establish a link with The Warwick Hotel,” commented Amanda Simpson, Marketing and Communications Manager of Warwick Conferences. “One of the prime objectives of the Study Tour was to explore new opportunities and for obvious reasons we felt this was one that shouldn’t be missed.” She added: “We took along some gifts and brochures which should help to promote Warwick Conferences on this international stage, and we were more than happy to receive some goodies in return to help develop this association.”
The Warwick Hotel is set right in the heart of Houston’s museum district and has recently transformed its famous eleventh floor into a Dolce Conference Centre with high tech meetings rooms equipped with wireless internet access.
The four-strong delegation from Warwick Conferences which visited the United States on the fact-finding mission was Amanda Simpson (Marketing and Communications Manager), Graham Crump (Group Executive Chef) Dannie Cahill (General Manager of Arden Training and Conference Centre) and Alan Robinson (General Manager of Radcliffe Training and Conference Centre). Their four day visit took in venues such as the Sofitel Houston, the San Luis Resort Spa and Conference Centre, The Woodlands Resort and Conference Centre, the Norris Conference Centre and the Executive Meeting Centre at the Crown Plaza.
“The aim of the study tour was very much educational,” added Simpson. “We were taking a look at what’s happening in the United States meetings and conference market, to share best practice, obtain ideas and look at new ways of doing this. In that sense, it was a very interesting and informative trip and there are certainly a number of things we can take from it to help us achieve our objectives.”
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