I travelled over to EIBTM on Monday this year to attend the Meetings Leadership Summit on the Monday evening. AMEX announced the results of their annual meetings survey which was very interesting, full details available here. The rest of our Venue Partnerships team (Isabel, Patrick, Noel and Michael) took the red eye on Tuesday morning and arrived at the show at 10.30am. Here is a picture of Patrick having a little snooze on the flight! Plus the five of us on the Holland Stand at the end of a busy day! EIBTM proved to be a very useful show for MeetingsBooker.com huge interest from hotels around the world and some exciting new marketing partnerships on the horizon too!
Last week we received a nice invite from Google to meet up at their offices in Dublin. So today some of our team had a tour of their amazing office space in Dublin followed by a chat about MeetingsBooker.com.
I think the whole team will agree that they offer an amazing working environment. Noel mentioned to me that its like a space ship! It literally offers everything you need under one roof. They have restaurants, gym, swimming pool, sleep pods, rooftop terrace, medical centre, dentist, auditorium, shop and of course plenty of desks for their 3,500 employees!
Thanks again to William for showing us around.
MeetingsBooker.com, a Dublin-based meeting venue booking portal offering access to over 70,000 meeting rooms in +100 countries, has just completed a €1 million funding round.
MeetingsBooker.com’s growth has been driven organically via online marketing and this year will facilitate over 500,000 searches for conference and meeting venues around the world. The company focuses on meetings of less than 100 attendees which represents a market of more than €15 billion in Europe. Thanks to MeetingsBooker.com’s pioneering, cloud-based software solution, meeting organizers can send venues their event requirements and quickly receive competitive offers, which they can book directly through the site. MeetingsBooker.com offers unique content by creating short 1-minute videos showcasing the conference space of key venue partners and also has the largest collection of meeting-specific reviews of any meetings website in the world.
“We’re delighted with this investment round, not only for the financial support it will add to our marketing and technology plans but also the strategic expertise and experience it will bring to the company” founder, Ciarán Delaney, explained.
MeetingsBooker.com’s investment was led by the AIB Start Up Accelerator Fund managed by ACT Venture Capital and includes funding from Enterprise Ireland and the Bank of Ireland Start-Up and Emerging Sectors Equity Fund managed by Delta Partners. In addition, the founder and former chairman of HostelWorld.com, Tom Kennedy and Paddy Holahan, have invested along with Hostelworld.com’s current CEO Feargal Mooney who will be joining the MeetingsBooker.com Board chaired by Paddy Holahan. Global meetings industry experts Patrick Delaney and Pádraic Gilligan have also invested with the later joining the board.
The funding will allow MeetingsBooker.com to continue its international expansion by further developing its booking engine, investing in online advertising and rolling out an enterprise platform. The company plans to create 25 new roles in customer support, marketing and IT.
We are delighted with our new video of Hyatt Milan. As a premium member the Hyatt also receives a video with their membership which can be used by the hotel on their own website and marketing activities as well as via Meetingsbooker.com
This video makes me want to pack my bags and organise my next event in Milan. Mission accomplished.
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The Fitzwilliam Hotel in Dublin are now using our 3D Floor Plans on their own website which looks great.This simple widget allows hotels to show all their meeting rooms with each of the different set up types as well.
So potential bookers can easily flick through their meeting facilities and also click to make an enquiry direct through the hotels own enquiry page.
Today we celebrated a small Chinese New Year in the Meetingsbooker.com office. Qing our Asia Events Executive bought some lovely chinese snacks, sweets and drinks and we all have a nice lunch. Here are some snaps!
We started working with the Grange Hotel Group in UK late last year. They offer a wide range of meeting and conference facilities throughout London. Our video team have recently filmed their venues and we are in the process of adding the video to their profiles and pages on Meetingsbooker.com.
These videos will act as virtual site inspections for Meetingsbooker.com users who can quickly view the property on our search results and also beside the hotels proposals within the users own online account. All partner hotels can also embed the video on their own website.
We now have the option to include venue videos on our search results as well as the venues own page. This is a really exciting development for our team. Video is becoming a huge player in online travel and we feel its even more relevant for business or meetings travel.
So now if you’re planning a meeting in London you can watch short 1 minute videos of a growing number of venues. These videos act like a virtual site inspection, so you literally have a show around of the venue from the comfort of your own chair!
Venues can now recieve a free video as part of their membership. Our team are now filming venues around the world including Hong Kong, Dubai, New York, London, Paris, Milan and Singapore.
Power of video
By including a video on MeetingsBooker.com venues can increase their booking conversion significantly as the video is included not only on the search results but also within each meeting proposal sent by the venue.
So beside every proposal the client can just click and watch the video. The image below links to the video on the venues own page on our site.