The HBAA dinner has been labelled a great success by attendees who flocked to the Novotel London West on Friday 10th January, for the highlight of the association’s event calendar. The dinner, attended by a record number of HBAA members, was praised for the location, food and entertainment value by guests, who offered their feedback via a post-event survey.
Both the food and location were considered to be a hit by attendees, with 88% of responses commenting positively on the catering and quality of service.
Sarah Monk, group national account manager at Redefine BLD Hotels commented, “Fabulous event, from the moment we walked through the door to the moment we left in the early hours. Great staff, great service, great format, lovely food - great menu too by the way!! Looking forward to the next HBAA event already. Fantastic kick off to 2014. Well Done.”
HBAA chair, Chris Parnham and executive director Juliet Price were highly praised for their hosting skills, presenting a fast paced and exciting evening for all attendees. Marcus Angell, managing director of Silverdoor Ltd said, “The energy and enthusiasm of Chris and Juliet was abundantly evident, and the event was significantly better for it. Well done all, you made it the best of many that I've attended so far.”
Michael Hodgkinson national sales manager at Menzies Hotel commented “The feedback I was personally hearing during the evening was very positive and it was excellently hosted by Chris Parnham!” He added, “Entertainment was excellent which was clearly what the audience wanted with almost nobody leaving the room until after the entertainment had finished!!! Well done to all involved in putting the event together.”
Other guests pointed to the entertainment as a highlight of the evening, with particular mention to the specially devised version of TV hit Pointless, as well as a compilation of rousing West End musical hits performed by The Westenders.
“I thought the Westenders were amazing”, said Joni Nelson key account manager at IHG, “the quiz was a great idea as it encouraged everyone to interact around the tables.”
Feedback from new members was extremely positive, with Ellie Jones, business development manager at Alton Towers commenting “Well done HBAA for organising such a fun and entertaining event for us to mix further with other members and gain a wider insight into the HBAA, still being relatively new to the association.”
New member, Homerton Conference Centre’s sales & marketing manager, Gail Horan added “I thought the pre-dinner drinks for newcomers was excellent and allowed me to find out more about the HBAA and facilitated an introduction to a relevant agency - many thanks.”
The change in the format of this year’s dinner was applauded by guests, with an astounding 95% stating that they preferred the new style of the event over that of previous years.
Nicola Miller, director of Lime Blue Solutions stated “A much better format and pace of event compared to last year. Really well done as a lot of thought and organisation obviously went into it”
Nicola’s sentiments were shared by Hayley Ricketts, national account manager for Marriot Hotels, who added “The format of the evening was the best I have ever experienced at a HBAA Annual Dinner. A big well done to the team!”
The annual dinner was an excellent start to what’s set to be an exciting year for the association, with 2014’s strategy in place to increase agent membership, produce more training opportunities for members and continue the growth of the association’s presence within the wider live events industry.