Local dignitaries, event organisers and local businesses attend the official grand opening of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hull
Over 500 local dignitaries, event organisers and representatives from local businesses attended a gala dinner on Friday night to celebrate the grand opening of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hull, the largest conference venue in Hull and East Yorkshire.
The event was hosted by television presenter Gethin Jones, and guests included the Deputy Lord Mayor of Hull and his consort, the Deputy Chief Executive of Hull Council, and the Head of Visitor Destinations for Hull. Also in attendance were event organisers from Siemens and BP and representatives from the Meetings and Events Team, CHS Group and Good Travel Management.
The opening of this new venue has created a vibrant new destination for corporate and association event planners; the DoubleTree by Hilton Hull has 900m2 of ground floor, pillar free, flexible event space that can hold up to 1000 delegates theatre style. The venue is already getting industry recognition and recently won ‘Best Large Conference and Exhibition Space’ at this year’s CHS Awards.
Guests were greeted by the ‘paparazzi’ on arrival via the red carpeted dedicated events entrance. An electric cellist played as drinks were served in the reception area, and then ballerinas dressed in LED lights led guests through to the main event space for dinner. Once seated, guests were enthralled by aerial dancers and enjoyed a three course dinner.
The dinner menu commenced with a starter of goats cheese, walnut, pear and garden pea salad, with beetroot dressing, which was followed by a main course of breast of corn fed chicken, confit smoked leg and dauphinoise potatoes. Dessert was a white chocolate mousse, with flavours of raspberry. Dinner was accompanied by wine from the Viticulture collection - a range of hand-selected wines by Hull wine merchant House of Townend that was launched in celebration of the City of Culture status. £1 from each bottle of wine is donated to support local arts and cultural projects.
Following dinner, guests were entertained by stars of Strictly Come Dancing Ian Waite and Oti Mabuse. Then an interactive Q&A was held to discuss the hotel, its facilities and the opportunities it has created. This was followed by a short video about Hull as the City of Culture 2017 and a pre-recorded speech from Nick Smart, Hilton’s Development Officer from Washington.
The gala dinner ended with local band the Tzars, who tour nationally but loved playing to such a large audience in their home town. Then the after show party continued upstairs in the Lexington Rooftop Bar and Terrace with a DJ and organic jam session.
Emma Cartmell, CEO of CHS Group said: “The DoubleTree by Hilton Hull is a fantastic addition to Hull’s meetings and events spaces. Being the largest conference space in the region I’m sure it will attract conferences, dinners and awards to the city, which has been transformed since being City of Culture in 2017. I was particularly keen to see the venue ‘in action’ after it won the CHS Award for ‘Best Large Conference and Exhibition Space’ against tough competition. They certainly put on a great show tonight to wow their guests and I look forward to seeing how the future unfolds for the team that are working tirelessly to promote this great venue.”
Helen Symonds, Director of Sales and Marketing, DoubleTree by Hilton Hull said: “We were delighted to welcome so many notable guests to celebrate the grand opening of our amazing hotel and events space. It has been an exciting journey and one I’m very proud to have been part of. Hull now has the biggest conference venue in East Yorkshire – which puts the city well and truly on the map as an exciting destination for conference and event planners.”
The charity auction raised over £5,000 for the Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Smile Foundation - the venue’s partner charity that provides support, guidance and resources for over 300 charities in the region with a focus on helping the homeless.
Andy Barber, Chief Executive, HEY Smile Foundation said: “We are working in partnership with the DoubleTree by Hilton Hull, so this event wasn’t just an opportunity to raise much needed funds – it was the launch pad for a strategic partnership that will really maximise the potential benefit of how our charity impacts on the community. It’s a truly amazing venue, run by a brilliant team of people – and both will be playing a huge part in achieving our objectives for the area. This event marked the intent of everyone involved – that we will work together as a team to make a commitment to inspire and encourage change in Hull and East Yorkshire.”
About DoubleTree by Hilton
DoubleTree by Hilton is a fast-growing, global portfolio of more than 525 upscale hotels with nearly 125,000 rooms across six continents. DoubleTree by Hilton prides itself on paying attention to the little details that have a big impact, from welcoming guests with its signature, warm DoubleTree Cookie to serving the communities around them. DoubleTree by Hilton hotels offer contemporary accommodations and full-service facilities, including restaurants and lounges, room service, health clubs, business centers, and meeting and banquet spaces. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. To make reservations, travelers may visit www.doubletree.com. Connect with the DoubleTree by Hilton on facebook.com/doubletree, twitter.com/doubletree and instagram.com/doubletree. Learn about the latest brand news at newsroom.hilton.com/doubletree.
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