Out In The Open- New Ways For Companies To Save On Meetings Costs

This information originated in UK English.

April 23, 2009

SYDNEY, SINGAPORE and TOKYO -  Budget-conscious business executives took cost-cutting to new extremes yesterday with a trial of free outdoor meetings at Sydney's Bondi Beach, next to Singapore's iconic Merlion and on Japan's famous Niseko ski resort's slopes.

The less-than-successful innovation was an event created by Hilton Hotels Corporation to highlight the hazards of taking cost-cutting too far.

Speaking of the al fresco meetings, Andrew Flack, Vice President Sales and Marketing for Hilton Hotels Corporation - Asia Pacific said the company wanted to get it out in the open that there is no need for companies to go to such extreme lengths.

"These fun events highlight that the wrong environment for a meeting can really play havoc with the agenda. The executives found it extremely hard to concentrate on the business in hand, as have many others who tried to save costs by holding their meetings in ill equipped venues." Flack said.

The staged outdoor meetings also highlighted that a more practical solution to reduce meeting costs would be Hilton's Meetings For Free promotion. Anyone making a bedroom booking from now till 30th June for any date in 2009 will be eligible to receive a complimentary meetings package as part of Hilton Meetings for Free including meeting room facilities, refreshments and lunch. The offer extends across all Hilton Family hotel brands in Asia Pacific: Hilton, Conrad and Doubletree by Hilton.

Hilton Family's Meetings for Free applies to any conference, training or sales event held at any one of 47 Hilton Family hotels across 14 Asia Pacific countries for meetings from as few as two to as many as 100 residential delegates. The promotion is open for bookings made during a limited period between 15th April and 30th June 2009, for events taking place throughout the year until 31st December 2009.

Flack continues, "There really is no substitute for a good quality face-to-face meeting in the right setting with the right facilities. Because budgets are getting tighter, Hilton has created a more sensible way for businesses to save costs through Hilton Meetings for Free promotion meaning that sunburn and hyperthermia need no longer be on anyone's meeting agenda again."

For more details see the website www.hilton.com/meetingsforfree

Faith Thoms, Hilton Hotels Corporation - Asia Pacific
+ 65 6833 9762

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