High price of a grand day out

I am writing in response to your recent Special Report on corporate hospitality, entitled “Brief Encounter” (MW June 24), in which three event organisers responded to a set brief.

My first observation is that I’m obviously in the wrong business. A quick rundown of all three schedules shows you don’t get much for your &£30,000 these days.

Surely, instead of hiring one of these corporate hospitality specialists, anyone with an ounce of imagination could come up with a more exciting day out for their business partners and clients, at a fraction of the cost.

Maybe I’m just tight-fisted – or somewhat out of touch – but does it really cost up to &£1,000 per person to show your appreciation of clients’ business and “network with potential ones”? Are companies really that demanding?

When you consider that most people don’t spend much more than that on their two-week summer holiday, it just shows that there are easy ways to make money, after all.

Alan Cox

Marketing consultant



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