Team members working across Redefine|BDL Hotels’ portfolio of 70 hotels shared their stories about office party shenanigans featuring teachers, lawyers, accountants and nurses – as well as trends they’re seeing across festive nights and lunches.
And it turns out that retail workers top the poll for the wildest group, with a quarter of the hotels questioned naming them; closely followed by medical professionals who were singled out by one fifth of respondents. Fifteen per cent of respondents told on teachers for their less than well-behaved Christmas party antics.
The survey shows that, while supermarket and shop employees are well known across the group for drinking and dancing into the wee hours of the morning, civil servants, accountants and council workers tend to keep things low-key.
John Stuart, Chief Operating Officer of Redefine|BDL Hotels, said: “The hotels surveyed will host almost 47,500 covers across festive party nights and lunches this year. Each event will, no doubt, create some memorable moments. We really enjoy hosting events at this time of year – everyone is in great spirits and looking forward to the holidays.
“Everyone loves to let their hair down during the festive period but, as the poll shows, retailers love to party that little bit harder than the rest. They tend to book their Christmas parties earlier in December, so perhaps they need to let of some steam and fit in some fun before Christmas shopping reaches its peak. Medical professionals and teachers also have a reputation for knowing how to party!
“We also found that the biggest party animals tend to fall into the 35–44 age bracket. So it’s not always those in their twenties who are last on the dancefloor!”
The survey of hotels indicates that, across Redefine|BDL Hotels’ portfolio, festive party bookings have increased since last year – with themed and fancy dress nights more popular than ever.
Redefine|BDL Hotels’ management portfolio includes Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, DoubleTree by Hilton, Ramada Encore and Best Western hotels as well as private label properties.