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Make your meeting memorable at Tudor Park

Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club
Balloons, disco lights, popcorn and picnics are not usually equated with serious business meetings. But the team at Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club, in Bearsted, near Maidstone, have taken the stereotypical conference room setting and shaken it by its heels.
From this spring, they have introduced a new ethos called “Meetings Imagined” which does exactly what it says on the tin…..imagine how you can get the best out of your staff or delegates, and the Tudor Park team will create the environment for you.

For instance, their experts have noticed that if delegates enjoy their break times, they are more alert when they get back to the business of work. A recent conference had business men and women jumping around catching sweets and crisps attached to balloons during their morning coffee break.

“It was not only a great ice-breaker, but really helped those attending relax and feel they could go back into the conference refreshed,” says Natalee Moona, Senior Events Manager. The meetings team will create a mood board of ideas for clients, but the starting point is always “why are you holding the meeting”.

Ideas can be as simple as having comfortable sofas and chairs arranged around the more formal conference layout, to provide uninhibited discussion during breakout or group sessions. Or static bikes and exercise balls can be available at lunchtimes to act as a de-stresser. And in the summer months, if you want to escape your meeting room for a lunchtime picnic, then you can have one. The only thing the Tudor Park team can’t fix is the weather.

Food plays a key element in this unique approach to meetings. Delicious menus have been created with dishes to give energy rather than leave delegates feeling bloated and tired after lunch. Afternoon snacks of popcorn and candyfloss have been known to replace tea and biscuits for some companies hoping to give their staff a final quick sugar boost as the meeting reaches its end.

Tudor Park has also introduced a team of fixers, known as Red Coats, to ensure events run smoothly. Meeting organisers can summon them with a click of a mobile app should they have any requirements during a conference, such as needing more more refreshments or changing the temperature of the room.

“Our aim is the same as our clients - to make people feel inspired and to ensure the event is not only productive, but memorable,” adds Natalee.

The four-star hotel can accommodate up to 250 delegates, theatre style, in its Thurnham Suite, up to 12 in its boardrooms, and eight in its syndicate rooms. Or smaller groups can meet in the hotel’s stylish lobby and Mezzanine Lounge, where free Wi-Fi and plenty of computer power points are available, and views of the picturesque greens and 30 acres of rolling landscape are guaranteed.

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