Macdonald Hotels has created new positions in its dedicated meeting and events division following a £13m investment in its properties and a 11.5% increase in corporate bookings in the past year.
To support the corporate activity at its 48 UK properties, the Group has created 12 dedicated area champions. The experienced hospitality professionals will each look after a handful of hotels and will be experts in their region understanding the various venue offerings to ensure clients get the best possible service.
Macdonald Hotels sales director, Gill Jackson said, “Each recruit brings with them a specific set of skills and they have already begun making a huge contribution to the wider business. We have never before had such an experienced team which will focus solely on developing the company’s corporate event sector. I am excited to see what we can achieve together in the coming months.”
During their first month the team undertook an innovative interactive training programme created by Macdonald Hotels. Inspired by hit television show, The Apprentice, the ‘20/20 Challenge’, saw the new recruits visit 20 hotels in 20 hours, before presenting the most suitable venue against various client briefs.