Just a matter of months ago, Bournemouth welcomed the brand-new, fourteen-storey Hilton Hotel to our town centre.
As part of a two year, £60m development plan, the new addition to the town encompasses 172 rooms, a sky-bar, spa, gym, conference spaces and residential apartments, many with stunning coastal views.
The extensive construction has transformed the Bournemouth skyline.
Three months down the line, we reflect on what the Hilton has done (and will do!) for business in Bournemouth.
As the largest development to take place in Bournemouth for 100 years, the hotel has undoubtedly helped Bournemouth to be named as one of the highest growth areas in the country. Financial advisers Grant Thornton’s High Growth Index ranked Bournemouth higher than surrounding cities Southampton and Portsmouth, in terms of economic, demographic and places of growth.
The innovative spirit of Bournemouth is perfectly portrayed in the Hilton’s progressive design. With Bournemouth’s recent title as the UK’s fastest growing digital economy, a Premier League football team, a reputable University and miles of golden beaches, we can see why Hilton choose to invest in our prospering town!
As the summer season approaches, it is predicted that the hotel will not only reinvigorate year-round tourism and leisure in the area, but will also increase the number of business visitors to Bournemouth. Only 30 minutes from the airport and two hours from London, it’s predicted that the hotel’s five-star rating will appeal to those looking to stay in Bournemouth for short business trips.
The mayor of Bournemouth, Councillor John Adams says, ‘I was a Hotel Manager here [Bournemouth] for most of my life and I know how important tourism is to the town, not just people staying for a week but those visiting for one day or night.’
The hotel’s prime location is a key aspect for those one night guests and for bringing business to the town as it is situated just a short walk away from the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC), making it a great benefit for people visiting for conferences or exhibitions. THAT Group, a respectable development company specialising in mixed-use town centre projects, were chosen to manage the extensive construction plan.
Marketing spokesmen for THAT Jesse Banovic says, ‘It should provide a very large boost to the conference industry in Bournemouth. It’s hoped that this hotel, along with other developments, will give the BIC additional firepower to attract high quality conference business.’
The Hilton does not fall short on its offering to the business congress market either, as it offers an extensive range of high-capacity conference options. Whether businesses are looking to hold a meeting, training course or conference, the Hotel has a number of function rooms that hold up to 112 delegates, as well as executive lounges and guest rooms.
The Hilton also has a Boardroom designed for small to medium sized meetings and a large Ballroom – holding up to 360 delegates complete with high ceilings and a purpose-built stage! Each room embodies flexible layouts and offer creative catering options.
The best part of holding your conference at the Hilton Bournemouth? Each event has dedicated Hilton meeting coordinators to oversee any and all needs!
John Adams says, ‘This is a massive investment in Bournemouth and we are so pleased to see this confidence in the town. I think they have made the right choice.’
We can’t wait to visit!