Nearly half of organisers to wait until December to book Xmas parties

Almost 50% of organisers will wait until December this year to book their Christmas parties, according to an Event online survey.

Nearly half of organisers to wait until December to book Xmas parties
Nearly half of organisers to wait until December to book Xmas parties

The survey, which received more than 250 responses, showed that 47.6% of Christmas party organisers are leaving it until the last possible moment to ready venues and suppliers.

One tenth will make their plans in November, with 15% in October, 17% in September and 10% in August.

Industry insiders that Event spoke to said the results were "unsurprising" given the economic circumstances, with many waiting to see if budgets will be freed later in the year.

More clients also seem to be using in-house event teams to organiser their parties, a huge 73.4% going down that route, again to preserve budgets.

More than one third of respondents also said they will be spending less than £30 per head on the party itself.

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