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Events Industry Prepares for Busiest Corporate Christmas Party Season in Two Decades

Despite ongoing economic challenges, the events industry is gearing up for one of the most robust corporate Christmas party seasons in over twenty years, according to new research by  Christmas party planning experts Poptop, a leading online events booking platform. As corporate Christmas party bookings surge, there is growing concern about whether the industry can meet the increased demand.

The Festive Party Planning Boom Poptop conducted research involving more than 420 corporate clients to assess the health of the events market leading up to the Christmas season, a vital source of seasonal revenue for the sector. The results revealed a remarkable uptick in corporate Christmas party activity, surpassing the previous year’s demand and representing the strongest festive season demand in potentially more than two decades. Additionally, companies are planning these events much earlier than usual, with over a quarter of them locking in their Christmas party plans as early as June. This early surge in bookings challenges the traditional trend of corporate bookings increasing from October onwards.

Growing Demands from the Corporate Sector The surge in demand for corporate events extends beyond Christmas parties, with a 68% increase in corporate events bookings compared to pre-pandemic levels in Summer 2023. The increased demand for end-of-year celebrations is likely due, in part, to a growing emphasis on staff well-being.

Hybrid working arrangements have gained popularity among UK workforces, leading to higher job satisfaction and personal autonomy. However, this approach also poses challenges, such as team members becoming isolated, reduced productivity, and diminishing staff bonds. Smart HR departments are using corporate activities, including team-building and family days, to counteract these issues and strengthen team connections.

A New Era of Christmas Party Trends With an increased focus on regular corporate events, the party industry is receiving greater attention from corporate party planners. As a result, meticulous planning of events in advance, as seen in the 25% rise in early festive bookings, has become the norm. This attention to detail extends to the nature of the events themselves.

Rather than traditional boozy gatherings, corporate party planners are thinking outside the box. Family-friendly parties and themed events, such as live-action murder mystery parties, are growing in popularity. Categories such as street food, mobile bars, DJs, and music, along with in-office parties, are gaining traction as companies seek to offer unique and memorable experiences while managing their budgets.

Can the Industry Match Demand? While the increased demand is undoubtedly good news for the events sector, there remains a potential question mark. Post-COVID, the industry saw up to a 30% drop in supplier numbers, and “cost of living” challenges have continued to affect some suppliers in recent years. Concerns exist among sector leaders about whether there are enough suppliers to handle such a high volume of incoming bookings. However, the industry remains resilient and hopeful, with suppliers who persevered during challenging times poised for the busiest festive period in their professional careers.

Eugene Shestopal, CEO of Poptop UK, commented on the research findings: “Our research shows the rise in demand for Christmas corporate party bookings is absolutely unprecedented. We’re seeing massive growth in the corporate sector of our marketplace, with bookings coming in as early as June in many cases. It’s no exaggeration to say the groundwork is in place for the busiest festive period for the events industry in over twenty years. And whilst there are concerns over the industry’s ability to meet demand, I’m sure we speak for all our suppliers on Poptop when we say – bring it on!’

Sam Allcock
Sam Allcock
With over 20 years of experience in the field SEO and digital marketing, Sam Allcock is a highly regarded entrepreneur. He is based in Cheshire but has an interest in all things going on in the North West and enjoys contributing local news to the site.
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