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Confidence in international business travel

Anita Lowe, CEO of Venues and Events International, says that clearer international travel guidelines have resulted in a slow return in confidence for UK international business travel.

In March 2020, business travel, meetings and events came to a halt due to the pandemic, and although there has been a slow return in confidence for UK based business meetings, international travel has remained at a minimum.

However, in the past month as more clarity in international travel guidelines has filtered through, and with the US corridor recently opening, Venues and Events International has seen an influx in enquiries for overseas business meetings and events.

Tracy Finnigan, account manager for Venues and Events International, said: “Although technology has enhanced the quality of virtual meetings and events, there is still a need and desire for in-person engagement. Across multiple sectors, we are already delivering in-person meetings again in the UK, and the end of Q3 and Q4, enquiries are continuing to rise at an extraordinary rate. And now we are finally starting to see enquiries for international business travel return.

“For clients within the finance sector particularly, that have that business requirements to meet with their international colleagues, clients and suppliers, we have started taking enquiries for countries for meeting space in, Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona and even Florida.”

Anita Lowe, CEO of Venues and Events International, added: “There has been so much uncertainty in recent months with the guidelines for international travel. However, as more clarity comes through, our clients are placing their confidence in us to ensure they are travelling for business safely and within guidelines.

“And it’s not just business meetings we are seeing enquiries for, clients are starting to think about international incentive travel once again. We have a number of enquiries that we are working through for some amazing incentive events that we are so excited to deliver. We are confident in what we can deliver both here in the UK and overseas, and our clients can see this and ready to place their confidence in us to book again.”