Frequently Asked Questions
ARE DRINKS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
The majority of packages will include both alcoholic and soft drinks. The contents of each package differs from event to event so contact us for more details.
ARE DTB EVENTS FREQUENTLY SUBJECT TO CHANGE?
Nearly all DTB events are subject to change according to unforeseen circumstances we may have no control over. However, significant changes and interruptions are rare. We do our best to make sure all the events we plan and sell tickets for go off as scheduled. In the event changes are necessary, customers are offered whatever accommodations are available.
Please bear in mind that our corporate hospitality events – except bespoke events that we plan from the start – are offered on behalf of event promoters and venues. Promoters and venues may subject packages to possible changes beyond our control. If you have any questions about changes to an event you have scheduled through us, don't hesitate to contact us for clarification.
ARE FOOD AND DRINK ALWAYS INCLUDED IN YOUR PACKAGES?
We would never go so far as to guarantee food and drink are always included in every hospitality event we offer. But generally, they are included. You can always read the description for any event you are interested in to see exactly what is included in the packages we offer.
Food and drink are typically a staple of hospitality for obvious reasons. Venues and event organisers are happy to provide them, knowing that both are an important part of socialisation and relationship building. In the unusual event that a venue or promoter does not include food and beverages in their hospitality, we would pass that information on to our clients.
ARE THE BRIT AWARDS A GOOD HOSPITALITY OPTION?
Yes, the BRIT awards represent an excellent hospitality option for a couple of reasons. First, it is an event that only happens once a year. That means there is a certain amount of exclusivity that goes with offering your guests an opportunity to be part of this show.
Second, the BRIT awards bring your guests up close and personal to some of the hottest stars in pop music. We offer numerous packages that include VIP tickets, premium seating, intimate performances from some of your favourite pop stars, a champagne reception, and more. We highly recommend the BRIT awards to all our clients looking for an exceptional hospitality option that is unique in every way.
The BRIT awards have been around since 1982. If you've only seen the show on television in the past, why not make this year the year you and your guests enjoy it live?
ARE THERE ANY DISCOUNTS FOR BOOKING MULTIPLE EVENTS WITH DTB?
Many of DTB's clients are so satisfied with the service we provide that they book multiple events with us in a single year. Having said that, it is not possible for us to offer any kind of blanket statement about pricing or booking discounts. Every event we organise has to be priced according to its own circumstances.
DTB offers events based on one of two models. The first model is one in which we work as a broker to organise events on behalf of venues and promoters. In these cases, the pricing we present clients is identical to the pricing they would get if they worked directly with the venue or promoter themselves.
The second model we work under is one of creating bespoke events for clients. We have more flexibility with pricing here, but event circumstances still dictate what we charge. We would be happy to discuss pricing with you for any bespoke events you would like us to organise.
ARE THERE ANY EXTRA HIDDEN COSTS E.G. SERVICE CHARGES?
There are no hidden costs. The price shown is the price to be paid although we will charge extra for additional items such as seat cushions, extra parking and any other extras requested on top of the standard package. You will be notified of the costs of any extras at the time of your request.
ARE THERE ANY LIMITS ON PARTY SIZE FOR YOUR EVENTS?
As a general rule, we can accommodate guest parties of virtually any size for most of our events. When limits do exist, they are due to venue restrictions rather than the events themselves. For example, a luxury box at an arena or stadium only has limited seating capacity. We would have to limit parties accordingly.
Please note that there are cases in which we can accommodate larger parties by booking multiple packages. Using the luxury box example again, we could reserve two boxes at your venue of choice to ensure we can accommodate a larger party. If you have any concerns about the size of your party, please make them known when you contact us for information about your chosen corporate hospitality event.
ARE THERE ANY TIMES OF THE YEAR WHEN CORPORATE HOSPITALITY IS HARDER TO ARRANGE?
We are able to arrange corporate hospitality events throughout the calendar year. In terms of how hard it is to arrange events at some times as compared to others, there is no particular season that is especially difficult. But there are two particular times of the year when the schedule tends to be exceptionally full: Christmas and summer holiday season.
These two seasons are the peak seasons for corporate hospitality for obvious reasons. So while it is no harder for us to arrange events during these times of the year, there is certainly more competition among hospitality organisers to get the best tickets and packages for clients. If you are looking to arrange hospitality either at Christmas or during the summer holiday season, it is advisable that you contact us well in advance. This gives us every opportunity to find the perfect event for your gathering.
ARE THERE SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS THAT I CAN USE TO HELP PROMOTE DTB?
We are both thrilled and very appreciative when clients express a desire to help promote DTB through social media. We take that to be a compliment for the services we provide as well as a vote of confidence for what we do. If you are willing to share your positive experiences with others as well, we invite you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and to share our social media content with your colleagues and friends.
Social media is a valuable resource to DTB because of its unique ability to connect us with our clients. By sharing our content on your own social media channels, you will be helping us to provide those you know with the same high-quality corporate hospitality packages we have provided you.
CAN DTB ASSIST MY COMPANY WITH A CONFERENCE?
DTB specialises in organising all sorts of hospitality events for clients in virtually every business sector. So yes, we can help your company put on a conference for your clients, your workers, industry partners, or just a general audience made up of other individuals and organisations involved in your industry. You need only get in touch with us and speak with one of our representatives to get the process started.
We can assist you in making your conference as simple or as elaborate as you want it to be. Thanks to our industry connections, we have access to an extensive list of meeting spaces, hospitality venues, hotels, restaurants, and entertainment options. We will do everything within our power to create a conference that is both appealing to your guests and effective in its mission. Furthermore, will work hard to get you the best prices possible. For more information about bespoke conferences from DTB, contact us at your leisure.
CAN DTB SECURE TICKETS FOR THE NFL AT WEMBLEY?
England is fortunate to be able to host NFL games at Wembley Stadium in London every year. The NFL is one of the world's most profitable and commercially recognisable sports league, offering DTB clients a unique opportunity to provide an exciting and memorable sports hospitality programme for their guests. Please check with us regarding the annual dates for 2016. Three hospitality packages are being offered this year.
CAN I ALTER MY BOOKING AT A LATER DATE?
Subject to our Terms and Conditions, your booking can be altered. We will always do our best to make the changes you request but they can often be subject to availability.
CAN I GET A HARD-COPY CALENDAR OF DTB EVENTS?
At DTB, we recognise that many of our clients would like a hard copy of our calendar for either organisational or display purposes. We encourage all of our clients to request calendars at their convenience. You can do so by clicking on the link to the left side of our homepage that says 'Request Calendar'. This link will take you to a new page with a simple form that you can complete and submit. We hope you will understand that we can only ship calendars within the UK.
Hanging one of our calendars on the office wall is an excellent way to stay abreast of what we have scheduled for the year. The calendar also offers a quick and easy way to find reference information you might need should you have to contact us. DTB calendars even make great gifts for your guests who attend events that we have organised. Please bear in mind that events listed on the calendar are subject to change given that the calendars are printed well in advance.
CAN I MAKE A PROVISIONAL BOOKING?
Yes we can hold packages on a short term basis subject to availability.
CAN I PURCHASE TICKETS ONLY FOR AN EVENT?
If you are simply looking for 'tickets only' and do not require a VIP hospitality package, then we may be able to assist you.
CAN I SPECIFY CATERING ARRANGEMENTS FOR GUESTS?
Our Operations Department will be in contact with you prior to the event to ensure that all dietary requirements are known and ensure that the correct arrangements can be made.
CAN WE START PLANNING A BESPOKE SEASONAL EVENT MONTHS OUT?
Absolutely, yes. We are specialists in bespoke events, offering everything from seasonal parties to team building. The more time we have to work with you on your plans, the more opportunities we have to make your bespoke event something truly special.
Your seasonal party can be confined strictly to your office or another location where you and your guests will enjoy whatever tickles your fancy. Or we can combine your intimate gathering with tickets to a live show or sporting event, either before or after your gathering.
Whatever you can dream up for your seasonal party is worth looking into. If we can make it happen, we will do our best to do so. We want you to be extremely pleased so that you will return to DTB in the future for all of your corporate hospitality needs.
CAN YOU ARRANGE CORPORATE SKI HOLIDAYS?
DTB is more than able to arrange all sorts of bespoke hospitality packages, including corporate ski holidays. To date, we have arranged corporate ski events at more than 20 resorts throughout Europe. Our fully bespoke service can handle everything from resort reservations to booking accommodation to dining for your entire event. If you already have a team in place handling most of the details, we are happy to come alongside as a delegated team member to fill in any existing gaps.
Please note that our bespoke ski event packages are not limited to multi-day holidays in Europe. DTB can also arrange single-day ski events and trips to venues outside of Europe. Please contact us to make an enquiry.
CAN YOU ARRANGE HOSPITALITY AT THE US MASTERS AT AUGUSTA?
The annual US Masters tournament at Augusta is held every April. Depending on the time of year you visit our site, you may or may not find any packages on offer. However, you can follow the link on our events page to inquire about future opportunities. We begin arranging packages for Augusta as soon as these become available from the club and/or tournament promoters. This is a great golf event to attend inasmuch as the Masters is to the US what the British Open is to the UK.
CAN YOU ARRANGE INTERNATIONAL F1 EVENTS?
Yes, DTB is pleased to say we actively work with event promoters and venues to arrange international hospitality events involving F1 races. For example, one of our most popular international offerings is the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the end of November. Abu Dhabi is a spectacular destination any time of year, but taking a trip to attend the Grand Prix is even more special.
We encourage our clients to familiarise themselves with the entire F1 schedules prior to the start of the new season. Dates for some of the annual races remain the same year after year, but other dates and venues may change. Choosing your events and dates as early as possible gives us the best opportunity to arrange a spectacular event for you and your guests.
COULD I BE INFORMED ABOUT ANY FORTHCOMING EVENTS?
We update our website with any new events on a very regular basis and include an events calendar to help plan for the future. We also send out monthly newsletters to keep clients fully informed of any events that are just on sale or on the horizon.
COULD YOU ORGANISE HOSPITALITY FOR A SPECIFIC EVENT?
Yes. We have a dedicated team of people that source and put together any bespoke events that may be requested by our clients. These events can be anything from driving a tank to movie premieres.
DO YOU GUARANTEE REFUNDS FOR CANCELLATIONS?
With the exception of the bespoke events that we create ourselves, most of the events DTB offers come directly from venues and event promoters. We work as brokers to sell tickets and make the necessary arrangements on behalf of our clients. As such, we are unable to guarantee refunds for any cancellations. Refund policies are entirely up to venues and event promoters.
We advise our clients to read the terms and conditions of any event before tickets are purchased. Venues and event promoters are required by law to offer full disclosure regarding refunds and cancellations. In the unlikely event a cancellation does occur, DTB does whatever we can to assist our clients who choose to pursue refunds.
DO YOU HAVE ACCESS TO ANY PARTICULAR FOOTBALL CLUBS?
DTB was originally established with a heavy focus on sports hospitality. As such, football hospitality has been one of our best-selling options from the earliest days of our business. And yes, we do have direct access to several football clubs here in the UK.
Right now, we have football hospitality packages available for Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Watford, and West Ham. We usually have packages for the Champions League Final as well. Please bear in mind that it is possible for things to change from one season to the next. Rest assured that DTB will continue to strive to offer the best football hospitality in the UK.
DO YOU OFFER ACCESS TO CHELSEA FC'S NEW RESTAURANT?
We are as excited about the renovations at Stamford Bridge as any Chelsea FC fan. Among those renovations and something that DTB is proud to offer access to is the new 55 Restaurant at the Copthorne Hotel. This modern and comfortable dining space is the perfect complement to any football hospitality package that you might be thinking about for your guests.
Our 55 Restaurant package includes match tickets, a three-course meal, cash bar, programme, and more. We still have a few matches left in August as well as additional matches from October through until May 2017. Contact us to learn more about all of our football hospitality opportunities.
DO YOU OFFER ANY FEATURED EVENTS WITH SPECIAL APPEAL?
The annual sports and entertainment calendar always features extra special events; DTB makes every effort to secure tickets and hospitality packages for these events. Among the featured events for corporate entertainment in 2016 are the Grand Prix Ball (July 6), Wimbledon (June/July), and the Aegon Tennis Championships (June). Contact DTB right away as space for these events will fill up quickly.
DO YOU OFFER CORPORATE HOSPITALITY INVOLVING LIVE SHOWS?
DTB is thrilled to be able to offer our clients corporate hospitality events involving live shows, concerts, and festivals. These kinds of entertainment events appeal to a broad range of guests and are very affordable. They are the ideal option for groups who do not necessarily prefer sports hospitality or some of the other bespoke opportunities we offer.
As an example of the live shows we have on offer at any given time, our 2016 schedule included concerts from Adele, Fleetwood Mac, Coldplay, One Direction, Beyonce and U2. And we are now working on plans to participate in the 2016 Glastonbury Festival, one of the biggest and most popular music festivals in the UK, if not the world. We are confident in our ability to deliver great packages for all of the live shows we offer.
DO YOU OFFER HOSPITALITY FOR ALL 5 DAYS OF THE HENLEY ROYAL REGATTA?
DTB is proud to offer highly desirable hospitality packages for all five days of the annual Henley Royal Regatta. This unforgettable annual event brings together socialites, community leaders, athletes, and media from all over the world for one of the finest rowing events in Europe.
Even better, a course that is more than one-mile-long provides lots of great views that allow us to put together as many as ten hospitality packages that our clients can choose from. Whether you and your guests want to watch from the Phyllis Court Club, Temple Island, or the Riverside or Boaters Enclosures, there is not a bad seat for this event. For the record, the Henley Royal Regatta always takes place in late June to early July.
DO YOU OFFER HOSPITALITY FOR BOTH TASTE OF LONDON EDITIONS?
As you may already know, the Taste of London food festival happens twice a year in England's capital city. Billed as one of the most spectacular food-tasting festivals in all of Europe, Taste of London actually occurs twice per year in two separate editions.
The first edition, simply known as 'Taste of London', is held in a London park in late spring. 'Taste of London: Festive Edition' is the larger of the two; it takes place in late autumn. DTB is proud to offer hospitality packages for both.
We have been working with Taste of London for quite a few years now. Every year we discover something new for clients looking for a unique hospitality experience outside of the traditional sports and live entertainment. Both Taste of London editions are true culinary experiences that everyone should try at least once.
DO YOU OFFER HOSPITALITY FOR THE ANNUAL NTA?
The National Television Awards (NTA) qualify as Britain's leading awards show honouring the stars of UK television. DTB is proud to be able to offer affordable hospitality packages for this annual event. If there's one hospitality opportunity perfect for guests who are not necessarily into sport or red carpet affairs, this is it. Bear in mind that we act as a broker on behalf of the NTA sponsors and venue. The packages we offer from year to year are the same packages they offer directly.
The 2017 show takes place at the O2 Arena on 25 January. We invite you to contact us to learn more about taking your guests. The NTA is a great hospitality event every year.
DO YOU OFFER HOSPITALITY ON A LIMITED BUDGET?
DTB is happy to work with clients to design great hospitality events regardless of budgetary constraints. Obviously, you can tell by browsing our website that we offer quite a few high-priced events designed to take full advantage of our annual social calendar. But we also offer plenty of options that are considerably more budget-friendly.
It would be difficult for us to recommend specific events for budget-conscious clients due to the fact that prices fluctuate regularly. But as a general rule, you will find more affordable packages for things like concerts and live theatre productions as opposed to a cricket or F1 package.
Please bear in mind that DTB can also create custom hospitality packages centred around just about anything you want. If you have an idea in mind, we will do whatever we can to make it happen.
DO YOU OFFER HOSPITALITY THAT APPEAL TO FAMILIES?
DTB frequently provides hospitality packages for our customers planning to entertain clients and their families together. One example of a family-friendly hospitality package is the 'Making of Harry Potter' tour at the Warner Brothers Studio in London. The tour takes your guests on an up-close-and-personal, behind-the-scenes visit of the sets used in the making of the Harry Potter films. We offer five pre-designed packages or the opportunity to create your own tour.
DO YOU OFFER THE SAME COMPETITIVE PRICES AT INTERNATIONAL VENUES?
DTB is especially proud of the fact that we are able to offer very competitive prices that are the same, or lower, than the prices charged by the venues we work with. We do this by acting as a broker on behalf of the venue or event originator. As a broker, we are paid on commission basis. We can provide the same level of competitive pricing whether our venues are located in the UK or elsewhere. Our international partners provide us with the same opportunities to act as brokers for them.
DO YOU PROVIDE HOSPITALITY TO ANY OVERSEAS EVENTS?
We can source official packages for almost any sporting event. Call +44 (0)20 7385 3553 for further details.
DOES DTB EVER OFFER NATIONAL HUNT RACING EVENTS?
Here at DTB, we take great pride in our ability to offer a full range of hospitality events, including those that might seem a bit unusual to our competitors. A good example is national hunt racing. We offer a number of different national hunt racing events whenever these become available within our service areas.
Our first national hunt racing event for the 2017 calendar year is the Cheltenham Festival, scheduled for 14-17 March. This annual festival brings together some of the best horses, jockeys and trainers in national hunt racing. Hundreds of thousands of people turn out to enjoy the event with friends and family. We invite you to consider the 2017 Cheltenham Festival for your guests. If you can't make it, contact us about other national hunt racing opportunities.
DOES DTB OFFER ANYTHING IN OPERA AND BALLET?
Absolutely. The DTB team is thrilled to be able to offer our clients an ongoing list of opera and ballet events held at some of the most prestigious and elegant venues in the UK. One of our favourite venues is the Royal Opera House in London. For 2016, they will be presenting favourites including Frankenstein, Nabucco, and Il Trovatore.
If you check our calendar to find these events, you will notice no specific prices or package listings. Do not let that discourage you from contacting DTB for more information. The absence of information is due only to the fact that we work as a broker on behalf of the Royal Opera House, meaning that we offer the same packages made available directly from them. By working with us, you get the same high-quality events and affordable pricing without having to handle all of the arrangements yourself.
DOES DTB WORK WITH ANY VENUES OUTSIDE OF GREATER LONDON?
We are proud to work with an extensive list of domestic and international venues to bring our clients the finest corporate hospitality events in Europe. In Scotland, for example, one of our favourite venues is Edinburgh's Murrayfield Stadium. Our long list of venue partners covers all of the UK as well as selected venues in France, Spain, Germany, Italy, and the United States.
DOES THE COST OF HOSPITALITY INCREASE EVERY YEAR?
The cost of providing corporate hospitality relies heavily on ticket prices and venue policies. As a broker working on behalf of many of our vendors, the prices they set are out of our control. As such, it is not unusual for ticket prices to increase, at least a small amount, on an annual basis. We do our best to ensure our clients always get the best prices regardless of whether we are providing a brokered event or creating a bespoke event ourselves. We have been fortunate in that drastic price increases have not been the norm for the last several years. As the economy continues to improve, we will do our best to make sure costs remain in check as much is possible.
FOR WHAT ORGANISATIONS ARE YOU AN OFFICIAL HOSPITALITY PROVIDER?
DTB is proud to be an official hospitality provider for West Ham United, Statoil Masters Tennis, Royal Ascot, Arsenal FC, PCA Cricket, Live Nation, and more. We are constantly looking to expand our services in order that we may serve a larger number of event creators and organisers as official hospitality providers.
HOW CAN I FIND OUT ABOUT YOUR UPCOMING EVENTS?
There are two ways to stay informed about the upcoming events from DTB. First, you can sign up to receive our monthly e-mail newsletter. This newsletter not only highlights corporate hospitality events on the immediate horizon but it also offers other helpful information our clients are interested in. Inquire through our contact page if you would like more information about the newsletter.
The second way to stay informed is to simply check our website; it is frequently updated for your benefit. We now offer an interactive calendar that makes it possible for you to search specific dates with the click of a mouse. Just click on the 'Calendar' link at the top of the homepage, select the month you are interested in, and then click on the appropriate date. You will instantly see all of the events being offered for that day. If you prefer, you can browse by category by clicking on the 'Events' link on our homepage.
HOW DO HOSPITALITY ORGANISERS CHOOSE EVENTS?
Choosing the right types of events for our clients is part science, part experience, and part intuition. Where existing clients are concerned, we can rely on past experience as a guide for what will likely be successful in the future. Experience goes a long way in teaching us what clients appreciate and what they do not. As far as new customers are concerned, part of our job is to get to know them as best we can. We need to account for their corporate hospitality goals, their budgets, the types of clients they wish to entertain, and other things. We collect a lot of information we then put together to offer a new client events and venues we believe are perfectly suited to them and their circumstances. Of course, we are also more than happy to select particular events and/or venues at the client's direction.
HOW DO I PAY FOR THE PACKAGE? CAN I PAY BY CHEQUE?
There are several methods of payment. All major credit cards are accepted as well as cheques and transfers.
HOW DO I SET AN APPROPRIATE BUDGET FOR CORPORATE HOSPITALITY?
Clients sometimes ask us for guidance when trying to establish a budget for corporate hospitality. We are unable to provide a hard and fast number, given that your business is governed by an infinite number of details that we are not privy to. We can, however, provide a range of event options based on the interests of your guests and the total number of people you wish to entertain. Each of these options will have its own price point for you to consider.
Because DTB works as a broker with many of our vendors, we are able to offer the lowest possible prices on all of our events. Should the events we present to you not fit within your budget then we are happy to search around for other opportunities of which you might be able to take advantage. Our range of corporate hospitality events is extensive enough that we can usually find something to fit any budget and experience preference.
HOW DO THE AEGON CHAMPIONSHIPS COMPARE TO WIMBLEDON?
DTB offers a number of tennis-related hospitality packages for events such as Wimbledon and the Aegon Championships. Customers regularly ask us how the Aegon Championships compare to Wimbledon, and we are happy to tell them that Aegon compares quite well.
The fact is that the Aegon Championships offer the same high level of play due to the world's best tennis players coming to play every year. Even better, the annual summer tournament is less expensive for hospitality than Wimbledon. Our customers get quite a bit more for their money without sacrificing the quality of play.
The Aegon Championships are an opportunity for you to treat your guests to some excellent tennis, wonderful hospitality, and a stimulating social experience that will be remembered for a long time.
HOW DO YOU DECIDE ON THE MUSICAL ACTS YOU OFFER?
If you browse our calendar, you will notice we offer a variety of musical concerts throughout the year. As for how we decide on the acts we will offer, it really boils down to the choices made by our venue and event promotion partners. We work on their behalf as a broker. Therefore, whatever they decide to offer eventually makes it to our calendar.
For the record, event promoters look at several criteria in determining which musical acts to book for particular venues. They first look at the financial risk associated with booking an act locally or regionally. If there's any chance an act will not fill up a given venue, that act will likely not get booked. Promoters also look at market reception, current musical tastes, and a number of other things.
In the end, event promoters must make wise booking decisions in order to protect their own businesses. We have every confidence that our event promotion partners will do their best to offer only the best shows available. In turn, we will pass the shows on to our customers.
HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHAT EVENTS TO ADD TO YOUR CALENDAR?
Corporate hospitality is very much a supply and demand business. Every year, we go through a very detailed process that helps us determine what the most popular events are likely to be for the upcoming 12 months or so. We then start looking into those events to see what kinds of packages we can put together for clients. We strive to offer the most popular options covering sports, red carpet events, concerts, live theatre productions, and just about anything else we think will appeal.
Of course, some corporate hospitality events have become so traditional we wouldn't dream of not offering them. Wimbledon, London Fashion Week, and the Open Championship are just three examples.
Our goal as a corporate hospitality provider is to make sure our clients always have access to the kinds of events they are interested in. We invite you to browse our website to learn more about what we offer. There is no doubt that we can create a unique hospitality event that you and your guests will be more than pleased with.
HOW DO YOU HANDLE EVENTS ABROAD, LIKE THE US OPEN?
If you browse our calendar, you will notice we offer multiple events presented abroad, like the US Open, for example. Each of these events is handled according to the packages provided by event promoters and venues. We combine their offerings with additional benefits, such as accommodations for example, whenever these are available.
The nature of offering hospitality events abroad makes it difficult for us to provide blanket cost estimates. We invite you to inquire about any of the international events on our calendar for more information. Although we do offer some pricing on our website, more accurate pricing can be obtained by contacting us directly.
HOW DOES DTB HANDLE CANCELLATIONS?
Cancellations are a part of every business, including corporate hospitality. While we do not like to see cancellations here at DTB, we understand that they are sometimes unavoidable. We do everything we can to accommodate the needs of our clients in such cases.
Please understand that every cancellation has to be handled according to the event and venue in question. Often, we work as brokers rather than a direct sales entity, meaning cancellation policies might be out of our hands. In many cases, we have to work with the venues or event originators according to their established policies.
Also bear in mind that any and all cancellations are subject to certain terms and restrictions. Again, these vary according to the event and venue. What we ask of our clients is that they give us as much advanced notice of a potential cancellation as possible. This makes it easier for us to accommodate their needs as best we can.
HOW EARLY SHOULD WE BE LOOKING AT EVENTS FOR SPRING?
While DTB strives to schedule great events throughout the year, the spring season is when we see our calendar begin filling up with great outdoor opportunities. Any of our clients looking forward to spring hospitality should start looking at the calendar as early in the year as possible.
The spring season is when we expect major events like Six Nations rugby and the annual Cheltenham Hunt Festival to highlight the hospitality calendar. This is also the time of year when we start thinking of golf and F1 racing. So as you can see, things really start to pick up once spring arrives.
Our best advice for spring is the same advice we offer year-round: start looking at events you want to offer your guests several months in advance. If you're hoping to find something for April, January is the time to begin making enquiries. You can always consult the calendar on our website for a full list of activities and events we already have scheduled.
HOW EARLY SHOULD WE BEGIN PLANNING A CHRISTMAS EVENT?
DTB tends to work with a lot of clients to plan and put on their bespoke Christmas events. Such events are just part of our commitment to providing high-quality corporate hospitality. If you are planning a Christmas event this year, beginning to plan as early as possible is a good idea.
We prefer to start planning as soon as we can in order to take advantage of the best venues and most desirable entertainment options. That said, we can create and execute an event at your location rather than an outside venue if you prefer. Our bespoke event planning services are such that we have the flexibility to work with you regardless of what kind of event you are hoping for. Please contact us as soon as you're ready to begin planning.
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE DO I NEED TO BOOK?
It is always best to book as early as possible to ensure access to the best possible facilities.
HOW FREQUENTLY DO YOU OFFER HOSPITALITY PACKAGES FOR POLO?
Polo is often perceived as an aristocratic and highbrow sport that is as much a social event as an athletic competition. Matches are usually accompanied by a great deal of pomp and circumstance fit for high society. Polo makes for an excellent hospitality package when you are trying to impress a certain level of guest that may not be interested in other kinds of sports.
DTB offers numerous polo packages as these become available. For example, our 2015 schedule included the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup and International Polo at Great Park. For 2016, we have already scheduled two events at The Hurlingham Club and Guards Polo Club. Those two events are scheduled during the first two weeks of June. We may look at other polo opportunities as they become available. If there is a particular polo match you are interested in, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will do our best to create a hospitality package to meet your needs.
HOW IS DTB ABLE TO OFFER PACKAGES SO FAR IN ADVANCE?
From time to time, we run across clients who are surprised to learn we have access to some of our hospitality packages well in advance. As just one example, we were ready to start offering Aegon Tennis hospitality for June 2017 by the beginning of the third quarter 2016. It's not unheard of for us to have offerings available 6, 10, and even 12 months out.
How do we do it? We have spent years cultivating working relationships with all the best venues and event promoters in the world. Those connections, combined with an ongoing effort to scour event calendars, gives us an early advantage on identifying the kinds of events our customers want. Then we get in on the ground floor. It's all about working hard to keep our customers happy.
Our hard work is further enhanced by our role as broker securing sports hospitality, red carpet events, and entertainment packages as authorised sales agents. As soon as packages and pricing are made available by venues and promoters, we are immediately informed. Our customers are the ones who benefit in the end.
HOW MANY CAN YOUR TEAM BUILDING EVENTS ACCOMMODATE?
DTB has the ability to create bespoke team building events for companies of all sizes. In terms of how many we can accommodate for these events, we are limited only by client resources and the kinds of events clients are interested in. You are welcome to contact us with your ideas for team-building exercises. If we can find a way to make it happen, we will be more than happy to do so.
The only thing we ask is that you keep in mind the general purpose of team building. If the number of team members participating in any one event is too large, any benefits you might derive from the exercise may be lost trying to accommodate too many people at once.
HOW MANY VENUES DOES DTB PARTNER WITH?
From time to time, clients want to know how many venues we partner with in order to get some idea of the kinds of events we offer. It is very difficult to answer that question because we are adding new venues all the time. Likewise, some venues may cease operations or decide to no longer offer events our clients are interested in.
We can safely say that we currently partner with dozens of different venues both domestically and internationally. Domestic venues you might be familiar with include Old Trafford, the York Racecourse, the All England Club, Twickenham Stadium, the O2 Arena, Murrayfield Stadium (Scotland), Goodwood Estate, and the Royal Ascot Racecourse.
We also partner with international venues throughout Europe and the USA. New York's Madison Square Garden comes to mind, as does the Olympic Stadium in Rome and the Stade de France in Paris. The most important thing for clients to know is that DTB is committed to offering the finest hospitality events at the world's best venues. We will always go out of our way to make sure that you and your guests enjoy a truly unforgettable experience.
HOW MUCH ARE 2016 WIMBLEDON TICKETS?
Ticket prices begin at £325 for the Wimbledon Debentures package. DTB offers six different hospitality options including the all-inclusive Wimbledon Skyview Suites from £1490. Note that these prices are for the 2016 event only.
HOW MUCH EXPERIENCE DOES DTB HAVE WITH SPORTS HOSPITALITY?
Some hospitality companies dabble in a lot of different arenas without specialising in anything in particular. As far as DTB is concerned, one of our strongest points is sports hospitality. Our company was established in 2002 as a hospitality and brokerage company with a focus on sporting events. The sports marketing backgrounds of company officials made sports the perfect focus for a new enterprise in the highly competitive hospitality industry.
Since 2002, DTB has evolved into a complete hospitality provider covering a broad spectrum of events and opportunities. We go above and beyond the best sporting events in the world to offer social events, gardening events, live concerts and theatrical productions, bespoke events, team building events, and more. DTB welcomes the opportunity to create the perfect event for your organisation regardless of your area of interest.
HOW MUCH LEAD TIME IS NEED FOR A TEAM BUILDING EVENT?
Team building events are a great opportunity for our clients to gather their staff together to participate in some sort of shared activity that builds respect, cooperation and a spirit of teamwork. These kinds of events can be everything from polo to go-carting to clay pigeon shooting. As far as the amount of lead time we need to plan a bespoke team building event, we can use as much time as you can give us.
Our goal when designing these events is to create something uniquely special for your team. We could just throw something together at a moment's notice, but that would not necessarily benefit you and your organisation as much as it should. Giving us ample lead time allows us to put something together that will truly maximise the time spent with your team.
With all of that said, there is no specific time requirement for planning team building events. We recommend you contact us as soon as you know you want to hold such an event. The more time you give us, the better your event will end up being.
HOW POPULAR ARE YOUR CIRQUE DU SOLEIL PACKAGES?
HOW POPULAR ARE YOUR CIRQUE DU SOLEIL PACKAGES?
Our Cirque du Soleil packages are among the most popular in the music and arts category. Simply put, people are amazed by the incredible theatrical and acrobatic abilities of the performers presented in shows that are uniquely designed to inspire awe.
The company's Amaluna show has been such a tremendous hit in 2016 that is set to return to the Royal Albert Hall for the 2017 season. We will be offering four different packages for a series of shows that run from 13th January through until 4th February. If you would like more information about the Cirque du Soleil hospitality package, please do not hesitate to contact us as soon as possible. Tickets for this amazing show will go quickly.
HOW POPULAR ARE YOUR CONCERT HOSPITALITY PACKAGES?
Live concerts are becoming increasingly attractive to corporate hospitality due to their broad appeal to audiences of all kinds. Where some guests a company wishes to entertain may not be enthusiastic about sports, cars or fashion, almost everyone appreciates a good concert featuring a prominent artist.
DTB works with a number of promoters as well as popular concert venues such as London's O2 Arena, the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester, and London's Royal Albert Hall. Our hospitality packages for live music concerts are priced at exactly the same rate you would get from the venues themselves, but with the extra personalised service DTB is known for. Our concert schedule is full, so don't be afraid to inquire about a package for your next event.
HOW POPULAR IS YOUR ROYAL ASCOT HOSPITALITY PACKAGE?
It's hard to say how popular the Royal Ascot event is when compared to many of the other exclusive hospitality packages we offer. What we can say is that the Royal Ascot event is the centrepiece of the annual race calendar at the world renowned Ascot racetrack. Held every year in mid-June, Royal Ascot is a five-day event attended by the Queen and other members of the Royal Family. It is definitely the place to be seen if you want to treat your guests to one of the most exclusive events in England.
Our hospitality packages at Royal Ascot focus on Carriages Restaurant. Carriages provides a gourmet, five-dish luncheon overlooking the Ascot grandstand and beautiful Berkshire countryside. We have packages for all five days; packages that include car parking, grandstand admission, champagne reception, gourmet lunch, afternoon tea, complimentary bar, race cards and racing papers, betting facilities, and event itinerary and documents. Contact us for more information about this year's Royal Ascot scheduled for June 14-18.
HOW SOON DO YOU BEGIN ORGANISING WIMBLEDON HOSPITALITY EVENTS?
As with all of our hospitality events, we begin organising Wimbledon packages as soon as they become available from the vendor. For example, event organisers began sending out information for the 2016 Wimbledon tournament in autumn of 2015. As soon as we had that information we started putting together our hospitality packages
We work much the same way regardless of the event we are concentrating on. We can do this because we act as a broker for some of the most prominent venues and event organisers in the world. Whether our clients are interested in Champions League football, F1 racing, world class tennis, or any of golf's major tournaments, we begin organising hospitality packages as soon as tickets are available.
If you are interested in attending Wimbledon in 2016, we invite you to check out our five different options. All five will continue to be available until sold out. The sooner you look into a Wimbledon event, the more likely you are to secure a great package for you and your guests.
I NEED A HOSPITALITY COMPANY THAT PROVIDES PERSONAL SERVICE; DO YOU?
The entire DTB staff take great pleasure in providing personal service to every client. All new clients are assigned an account manager whose priority is to get to know them and their businesses. Your account manager will dedicate him or herself to making sure all of the services we provide are exactly what you and your clients are looking for. If we get it wrong, let us know, and we will make it right.
We believe personal service based on individual client needs and preferences is the only way to offer corporate hospitality. We make it our job to understand your hospitality goals, what you prefer in terms of events and venues, the kinds of guests you normally entertain, and almost every other aspect of your vision for hospitality. We then make your goals reality for each and every event you schedule with us.
I SAW 6 NATIONS EVENTS ON YOUR CALENDAR; WHAT ARE THESE?
Our events listed under the 6 Nations designation refer to the 6 Nations rugby tournament sponsored every year by the Royal Bank of Scotland. The 6 Nations Championship involves the national teams of England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France, and Italy. The winner of the championship gets the Northern Hemisphere rugby bragging rights for that season.
We offer hospitality events for the tournament every year. The 2017 tournament begins on 4 February and runs until the end of March. We have access to all of the matches at exciting venues in all the participating countries; we welcome your inquiries for any or all of the matches. Although we cannot guarantee any winners, we are confident in saying that you and your guests will enjoy a tremendous event unlike anything else in the sporting world. Please note that prices and packages vary from one venue to the next.
I UNDERSTAND YOU OFFER POKER NIGHTS; WHAT ARE THEY?
DTB strives to go above and beyond what others are offering for corporate entertainment and hospitality. To that end, we offer a unique experience that we call 'Poker Nights'. Poker Nights are your opportunity to treat yourself and your guests to an exciting evening of casino-style Texas hold 'em on our private, luxury sailing barge moored in the Thames between Chelsea and Albert Bridge. You and your guests will feel like high rollers in the company of James Bond at Monte Carlo.
IS CAR PARKING INCLUDED?
Parking is included with many event packages. However, it very much depends on the venue and the specific parking availability there.
IS CRICKET HOSPITALITY GOOD VALUE?
We frequently receive inquiries about cricket hospitality inasmuch as clients want to know if they can get a better price by purchasing tickets directly from the venue. We are happy to explain that our cricket hospitality represents excellent value for money. Not only that, our pricing is identical to the venue pricing. Packages include tickets, food, and drinks.
Every year, DTB offers a complete schedule of cricket fixtures beginning in late spring and running through to early autumn. Our cricket hospitality features all three types of cricket played in the UK: five-day cricket, one-day cricket, and T20 cricket (all either domestically or internationally). If you are interested in our schedule, then you can either consult the calendar on our website or contact us and speak with one of our hospitality specialists.
IS DTB RESTRICTED IN THE LIVE SHOWS & CONCERTS ON OFFER?
If you browse our calendar, you will see a complete selection of live shows and concerts offered throughout the year. From time to time, we are asked whether we are restricted in the kinds of events we can offer in this category. The simple answer is 'no'.
We work as a broker for venues like the O2 Arena in London and Manchester's Phones 4 U Arena. Our partners do not set forth any restrictive criteria that would prevent us from offering hospitality packages on any of the live shows and concerts they host. If Elton John or the Rolling Stones were playing London, for example, we would have full access to the arena's hospitality offerings. We would have the same access to all shows, regardless of the performer.
The only restrictions we might experience are those relating to space constraints. In other words, if space limits hospitality to 100 packages and those packages all go on the first day of sales, we cannot get in on the second day. This is why we recommend clients contact DTB as early as possible for tickets and hospitality packages.
IS IT TRUE YOU OFFER HOSPITALITY EVENTS FOR PROFESSIONAL DARTS?
Although it may seem a bit unusual, we do indeed offer hospitality events for professional darts. As industry-leading hospitality organisers, we have a responsibility to our clients to search out every available opportunity we can find. And make no mistake about it, some of our clients absolutely love professional darts.
Darts began as a pub game more than 150 years ago. It has been extensively developed as a sport to the extent that there are now several professional leagues operating in Europe, Australia, and North America. The two events we work with annually are the World Dart Championships held from late December through early January and the Premier League that runs from February through to May each year.
If you have never considered professional darts as a corporate hospitality possibility, it is something worth thinking about. There is nothing quite like the atmosphere offered by a game that grew up in the local pub and is now enjoyed by professionals all over the world.
IS LONDON FASHION WEEK SOMETHING DTB IS INVOLVED WITH?
So many people love London Fashion Week that it would be impossible for us not to offer hospitality packages. Fashion Week in London is one of the premier events in all of Europe, drawing the biggest names in the industry as well as celebrities, politicians, business executives, and the general public. We hope you will consider a hospitality package for your company as well.
So that you know, London Fashion Week is actually held twice every year. The first week of February, and the second in September. It is organised by the British Fashion Council in conjunction with the London Development Agency and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Our Fashion Week hospitality packages may differ from year to year depending on what venues are offering. But for the purposes of example, our September 2015 package was billed as the Club Hospitality package and included five-star dining, exclusive access to fashion elites, expert advice on coming trends, and a genuine catwalk experience featuring the industry's top models. It was an incredible experience at a very affordable price.
IS PUBLIC TRANSPORT EVER PART OF YOUR HOSPITALITY PACKAGES?
Public transport is something we rarely talk about in the realm of corporate hospitality inasmuch as using it does not typically fit in with our client's plans. Nonetheless, there are times when venues offer only limited parking capacity for private vehicles. We can arrange for private hire transport should a client not want to drive or use public transport. But clients certainly are free to engage whatever means of transport they desire.
It should be noted that it may cost more, over and above ticket prices, to pay for on-site parking at some venues. If you have any concerns about parking or transport, please be sure to ask when you contact us about a particular event. We will do whatever we can to arrange the kind of transport that suits you and your guests. Rest assured that there are multiple options for most of our venues.
IS TEAM BUILDING ONE OF THE GOALS OF CORPORATE HOSPITALITY
Our clients take advantage of corporate hospitality packages for a variety of reasons. One of them is the opportunity to engage in team building exercises for executive management. Team building can be accomplished through things such as treasure hunts, learning to play polo, clay shooting and quad biking. Each of these events is specially designed around the client's team building goals. It is our hope that participating management teams are made stronger and more effective through these events.
IS THE PACKAGE PRICE PER PERSON OR PER TABLE?
In general, prices are shown on a per person basis. However, sometimes the price is displayed per facility. An example of this is Cirque du Soleil where we sell hospitality on a per box basis. All prices quoted are exclusive of VAT.
IS THERE A MIN/MAX NUMBER OF PEOPLE YOU CAN CATER FOR?
There are no minimum numbers for an event, although certain facilities will have minimum numbers for private tables. The maximum number is dependant on the event and the facilities available but we regularly cater for very large parties.
WHAT ARE YOUR FEATURED EVENTS?
While you are browsing through the menus on our website, you may run across the ‘Featured Events’ category. All of the events listed under this category are special events with exceptional appeal for clients. We do not offer the same featured events every month, as they are subject to the offerings of our industry partners and vendors.
For the 2016 calendar year, some of our featured events include Wimbledon Debentures, the Grand Prix Ball, the Carriage Restaurant at the Royal Ascot Racecourse, the 55 Restaurant at Chelsea FC, and the Aegon Tennis Championships. We invite you to check our website on a regular basis in case additional featured events are offered.
Featured events represent your opportunity to do something unique for your guests. They are events that embody what is hot right now, so rest assured that any of them would make a perfect hospitality option that will truly impress.
WHAT ARE YOUR MOST COST-EFFECTIVE HOSPITALITY OPTIONS?
Budget constraints are something we always try to be cognisant of here at DTB. We are well aware that some of our clients are limited in what they can spend on hospitality events, yet they still want something that will impress. Might we recommend film premieres and private screenings? Both are among our most cost-effective hospitality options.
A private film screening is a great way to entertain your clients and their families in a novel setting but at a price that is more affordable than some of the other front-line events we offer. Film premiers are equally exciting and entertaining. If films are not your thing, there are other cost-effective options including tickets to London Bierfest, London's annual taste festivals, and some very nice flower shows. Rest assured that DTP can arrange an event that fits any budget and entertainment preference.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM MY DTB ACCOUNT MANAGER?
The DTB business model establishes account managers who assist our clients in arranging for corporate hospitality events. As a DTB customer, your account manager is your official liaison between you and us, and between you and the venues and event sponsors offering the events you want to take advantage of.
Your account manager is responsible for finding out what your needs are, offering you appropriate hospitality packages, and then securing those packages by making the necessary arrangements. These arrangements differ from one event to the next, depending on what the venue or event sponsor is offering. Your account manager is also responsible for answering your questions and keeping you up to date on any and all changes.
Our account managers take great pride in the service they provide. If you should have any questions about your corporate hospitality arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact your account manager at your earliest convenience.
WHAT COURSES DO YOU UTILISE FOR CORPORATE GOLF EVENTS?
DTB is more than happy to arrange corporate golf outings for our clients looking to entertain guests or engage in productive team building. The courses we work with on a year-to-year basis can change, depending on availability and the willingness of partners to continue offering the kinds of corporate golf events we insist on. As of January 2017, we offer corporate golf events at two courses: Brocket Hall and The De Vere Belfry.
Brocket Hall is an 18-hole, championship level golf course set on the grounds of the Hertfordshire estate of the same name. In addition to playing a great round of golf, guests can enjoy the 543-acre estate and its beautiful home. As for The De Vere Belfry, it is also a championship level course located in the West Midlands. It is home to the British Masters and a host to other high-profile tournaments, including the PGA Seniors Championship.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN WHEN YOU SAY YOU OFFER EXPERT IMPARTIAL ADVICE?
If you check out the 'About' section of our website, you will notice that we offer expert, impartial advice. What do we mean by this? It's simple: we work as a broker as well as a company that creates and implements customised corporate hospitality. In our function as a broker, we represent various venues and event organisers to sell tickets to events they have on offer. Our role as a broker means that we are paid by the venues or event promoters rather than by our clients.
Acting as a broker enables us to advise each of our clients as to what we believe the best hospitality packages are based on their requirements. When a chosen event has multiple package options, we are also free to help the client decide which option is the best. There is no need for us to try to sell a particular event or package because we are free to offer so many different choices.
WHAT DO YOUR LADIES DAY OUT PACKAGES INCLUDE?
We developed our Ladies Day Out packages to meet a unique need within the hospitality industry. These packages are ideal for an enjoyable day out with your friends or to entertain your female clients who might not be interested in some of our other offerings. They are designed to pamper you and your guests in an atmosphere that is relaxing, intimate, and engaging.
We currently offer three Ladies Day Out packages on a bespoke basis. The first is a single-day package that includes fine dining, wine, and a number of pampering experiences you and your guests will love. Our second package builds on the first by including an overnight stay at Stoke Park. Our third package is one that includes VIP theatre and corporate dining options. We invite you to contact DTB to learn more about our Ladies Day Out hospitality packages.
WHAT DOES YOUR ANNUAL FESTIVAL LINE-UP INCLUDE?
This is one of the more difficult questions for DTB to answer for one simple reason: there are so many festivals to choose from. We do our best to offer as many festivals as we can gain access to, knowing that the tastes and preferences of our clients are as varied as they are.
In the past, we have been involved with some of the most popular music festivals including Glastonbury, the Wireless Festival, and the Hampton Court Palace Festival. What you need to know is that festivals are not just confined to music. There is two Taste of London festivals every year; we offer packages for both. Then there are other events that provide a festival-like atmosphere without officially being listed as such. Examples would include the annual Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Chelsea Flower Show.
The best we can do is recommend that you watch our calendar of events on a monthly basis. If you see something that interests you, contact DTB right away. You can even contact us if you are thinking of something you don't see on our calendar. We will make it happen if we can.
WHAT GOODWOOD EVENTS DO YOU OFFER?
The Goodwood circuit is one of the most historic and iconic motorsports circuits in the UK. Since 1948, it has been hosting world-class racing events featuring some of the biggest names in drivers and team owners. The Goodwood events we offer include the Goodwood Revival, the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and Goodwood Driving Days. The Festival of Speed could be the most fun of the three, featuring modern and historic vehicles competing in an old-fashioned hill climb.
WHAT IS END-TO-END SERVICE AND DO YOU PROVIDE IT?
In the world of corporate hospitality, end-to-end service means taking care of every aspect of a hospitality event so that all the client has to do is show up with guests and enjoy. For example, consider a tennis package at the annual Wimbledon tournament. The package would include transportation, drinks, food, tickets, and more.
DTB would arrange everything on behalf of the client. On the day of the event, we would ensure transportation arrives to carry guests to the grounds in plenty of time to enjoy all the amenities. Upon arrival, the guests would have access to food and drinks as they socialise in the VIP hospitality area. They would be escorted to their seats as soon as they are ready to see some world-class tennis. At the conclusion of the event, all the guests would be returned to their original location via the transportation we previously arranged.
With end-to-end service, our clients need worry about nothing. We take care of every last detail for a truly spectacular and memorable corporate hospitality event.
WHAT IS 'OFFICIAL HOSPITALITY' IN LAYMAN'S TERMS?
DTB Sports and Events is a corporate hospitality company proud to market ourselves as providers of 'Official Hospitality'. From time to time, clients want to know what official hospitality is in layman's terms. Fair enough.
Offering official hospitality signifies that we have been chosen by event organisers, venues, or other organising bodies to create, market and sell hospitality packages on their behalf. We are 'official' because we have met the criteria established by those entities we represent and have therefore earned their trust, endorsement and approval.
For example, as an official agent of Twickenham, we have been approved to establish and sell hospitality packages for all of the rugby boxes at the stadium. Our clients can rest assured we will provide the same packages they could get directly from the venue, at the same price and with the same level of quality. Our status as an official agent allows us to be an extension of Twickenham in promoting their corporate hospitality opportunities.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CLUB AND VIP PACKAGES?
As you browse through the calendar of events offered by DTB, you are likely to see that some of our corporate hospitality packages include multiple options. For example, Arsenal FC offers six levels of corporate hospitality, including Club and VIP. The differences between these packages are reflected in pricing.
Keep in mind that DTB often works as a broker on behalf of venues and event promoters. In such cases, we take the packages they offer and make them available to our customers for the same price. In light of that, it should be understood that the originators of the corporate hospitality packages are responsible for determining the various levels and what each will include.
The general rule of corporate hospitality is that a basic package includes at least event tickets and some sort of food and beverage offering. The further you go up the scale, the more a package offers. Where a Club package may include event tickets and a complimentary brunch, a corresponding VIP package might throw in unlimited drinks and a celebrity appearance. It all depends on the originator.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CORPORATE HOSPITALITY AND EVENT MANAGEMENT?
DTB offers both corporate hospitality and event management services. Although they overlap from time to time, both are distinctly different in terms of what we provide. Corporate hospitality usually encompasses some sporting or entertainment event organised and hosted by us at the originator's venue. With event management, DTB comes to you for the purposes of helping you put on a business gathering. Examples of event management services include corporate parties during the summer months or at Christmas time.
WHAT IS THE DRESS CODE?
The dress code differs slightly for each event allthough the general rule is smart casual.
WHAT IS TYPICALLY ON OFFER FOR LONDON FASHION WEEK?
London Fashion Week is a twice-yearly event that takes place in February and September and is organised by the British Fashion Council. It is considered among the most important fashion shows in the world, in the same league as Paris, Milan, and New York. DTB offers exceptional hospitality opportunities to various events during both weeks. What those events are changes from year to year.
If you are interested in a corporate hospitality package for London Fashion Week, your best bet is to contact us in person for more information. We can provide full details of what is on offer for that particular week, whether you choose the February or September event. Keep in mind that all of our pricing reflects the same pricing you would get if you were arranging corporate hospitality by yourself.
WHAT IS YOUR PREMIER REWARDS PROGRAMME?
DTB truly appreciates the loyalty our clients display by continually booking their corporate hospitality events with us. To show our appreciation, we have developed a Premier Rewards programme enabling registered clients to earn reward points based on how much they spend with us in a calendar year. Reward points can be redeemed for unique and special experiences provided by DTP. Ask about our Premier Rewards next time you book an event.
WHAT IS YOUR PRICE MATCH GUARANTEE?
DTB guarantees that our ticket prices will be the same as those offered directly by the venue itself. We can provide this sort of pricing because we are paid by the venue, according to an agreed commission structure, rather than purchasing packages and then adding our costs to them. We get the best prices because we work directly with the venues, utilising their facilities at their prices.
WHAT IS YOUR 'REFER AND EARN' PROGRAMME ALL ABOUT?
Our 'Refer and Earn' programme is essentially a loyalty programme designed to encourage our regular clients to refer DTB to others. It is open to any client who refers a new business account that spends more than £1,000 (excluding VAT) on corporate hospitality. The more the new account spends, the more the referring client earns.
What's more, you can refer as many new accounts as you like, thereby multiplying the amount you earn. Your earnings are awarded by way of vouchers that you can use for future corporate hospitality events. The vouchers are our way of thanking you for your support and willingness to tells others about DTB’s services.
Should you want to participate, just make sure any new accounts you refer inform us of your referral when they book their first event.
WHAT KIND OF FOOD AND DRINK PACKAGES DO YOU OFFER?
We know that the right combination of food and drink can mean the difference between a successful corporate hospitality event and one that is simply mediocre. Our food packages can range from simple receptions up to full, multi-course buffets. Likewise, some venues offer limited complimentary drinks while others provide a full bar. It depends on the event and what the venue has on offer. Our goal is to ensure you get the best possible food and drink package at the best possible price.
WHAT KIND OF SECURITY PRECAUTIONS DO YOU TAKE FOR YOUR EVENTS?
When DTB takes on a bespoke corporate hospitality project, we work with our client to determine what security precautions are necessary and appropriate. We are more than capable of making any securityarrangements clients request for such bespoke events. Outside of bespoke event planning, security precautions are not something we have control over.
DTB works as a broker representing individual venues and event promoters. As a broker, our responsibility is one of putting together packages of tickets and hospitality offerings on behalf of our clients. The venues and event promoters themselves are responsible for handling all of the security details. If you are concerned about security, you are always free to contact the venue or event promoterin charge of the event you intend to participate in.
Rest assured that safety and security are always priorities at DTB. We take all the necessary precautions that are within our operational scope. Our venues and event promotion partners do the same.
WHAT KINDS OF CORPORATE HOSPITALITY OFFER THE BEST VALUE?
Clients looking for the best value in corporate hospitality have many choices to consider. It is difficult for us to choose one particular type of package, but Formula 1 racing is near the top of the list. A 2015 survey found that F1's Paddock Club offered the most value for money; that will undoubtedly change with the next survey in 2016. Our advice to value-conscious clients is to contact DTB and let us custom design something just for you. We will maximise your spending power while truly impressing your guests.
WHAT KINDS OF EVENTS DO YOU OFFER IN THE ATHLETICS CATEGORY?
DTB is proud to offer a full range of options for sports hospitality. Our Athletics category consists of events similar to those which would be held in the Summer Olympics or similar competitions. This includes most of the major track and field events including running, javelin, pole vaulting, and so on.
For 2016, we are offering hospitality packages to the London Anniversary Games to be held at the Olympic Stadium in late July. Our guests can choose one of two options, both offering great seats and delicious meals. Guests will see the likes of Usain Bolt and Hannah Cockcroft as they compete in the final competition before heading to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic Games. This is a sports hospitality event not to be missed.
WHAT MAKES YOUR EXPERT ADVICE SO VALUABLE TO CLIENTS?
Companies in virtually every industry market themselves as offering 'expert' advice. DTB does the same in the corporate hospitality industry. But our expert advice is not just a marketing ploy; it is built on years of experience working with the top event promoters and venues in the world. This is what makes our expert advice so valuable to clients.
The experience we have gained gives us insight into corporate hospitality that other providers may not have. We have also spent years building solid relationships with all of our hospitality partners, to the extent that we have access to the best events at the best prices.
Tying everything together is our impartiality. Not only are we experts in what we do, but we can also be impartial in meeting the needs of our clients through a vast selection of events that can meet any taste, preference, or budget. Impartiality combined with expertise enables DTB to be an industry leader in corporate hospitality.
WHEN VENUE PRICES RISE, DO YOUR PRICES ALSO RISE?
DTB's relationship with our venues is primarily one of a broker providing sales and services for their corporate hospitality events. Therefore, our prices will generally rise in line with venue prices. What our clients love about our service is that they pay no more through DTB than they would the venue itself. We are paid by venues and event promoters, not by our corporate hospitality clients. You will never pay more through us than you would by securing a hospitality event on your own.
WHEN WILL I RECEIVE TICKETS/PACKAGES FOR THE EVENT?
We generally send out packages 10-14 days before the start of an event. In some cases the actual tickets will be distributed at the events due to value and problems with security.
WHY ARE CORPORATE HOSPITALITY TICKETS SOLD BUT NOT USED?
It may seem like corporate hospitality tickets are unused if you are watching a sporting event on television or you happen to be taking in the event live. In reality, those tickets are being used more often than not. Rather than spending all of their time in their seats, a good number of corporate hospitality guests are enjoying meals, drinks, and hospitality in other locations while watching the event on closed-circuit television. Empty seats may make it look like tickets are not being used, but they are.
WHY ARE UNOFFICIAL AGENTS OFTEN CHEAPER?
Unofficial agents are often cheaper because they are unofficial. They are not affiliated to the venues or officially appointed by the sports governing bodies and will often obtain tickets illegally. Their facilities are normally off-site, if indeed they exist at all, while they will often add a service charge not mentioned at the time of booking.
WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER A TEAM BUILDING EVENT FOR MY STAFF?
The concept of team building in the business world is not new. However, the value of building a great team is enormous in the highly competitive business world in which we now function. Effective teamwork within the corporate structure can mean the difference between a company becoming an industry leader or being left behind as the competition presses on.
A team building event put together by DTB offers an excellent opportunity for you to create a stronger team atmosphere among your staff. Team building events develop critical thinking skills, teach your staff how to work together to solve problems, bring to light the strengths and weaknesses of each member, and solidify leadership roles within your team. Time and again we have seen clients arrive for a team building event as a group of individuals, but leave at the end of the day as a cohesive unit all working together. That is why you should consider a team building event for your staff.
WILL BREXIT AFFECT YOUR FUTURE HOSPITALITY OFFERINGS?
Despite the historic nature of the Brexit vote, we do not anticipate any significant changes in the broad range of hospitality options we offer customers. Because of the excellent reputation, DTB has developed within the hospitality industry we expect to have access to all of the same kinds of events our customers have come to appreciate.
We plan to continue offering the most popular sports hospitality including football, F1 racing, rugby, tennis, and golf. We also look forward to a full line-up of red carpet and social events as well as concerts and live theatre. DTB will continue to provide industry-leading service and competitive pricing whether we supply hospitality packages as a broker or custom design an event unique to a single client.
WILL YOUR OFFERS INCREASE WITH THE STAMFORD BRIDGE UPGRADE?
Chelsea FC are now in the planning stages of a major stadium upgrade at Stamford Bridge. Once that upgrade is complete, total capacity will have been increased from 41,000 to 60,000 seats. Because Chelsea plans to also expand corporate hospitality through the upgrade, we fully anticipate being able to offer more opportunities at Stamford Bridge. One potential option may be a new exclusive club area similar to what a few other football clubs already offer.
We encourage our clients interested in football hospitality to check back with DTB frequently as construction nears completion in a couple of years or so. During the interim, we will be offering very attractive football hospitality packages at whatever venue Chelsea FC chooses as its temporary home during construction. We will be sure to begin publishing package details and prices as soon as we know what the temporary venue will be.
WOULD POLO BE APPROPRIATE AS A TEAM BUILDING EVENT?
DTB offers a selection of bespoke corporate events designed around the concept of team building. Among them is an opportunity for you and your team to learn to play polo at the Royal Box at Guards Polo Club in Windsor. Polo is the sport of royalty and one that requires an incredible amount of cooperation among team members and their mounts.
We offer two team building polo packages at the Guards Polo Club. Both include an introduction to polo along with two-hour tuition and play, a sumptuous lunch, and afternoon tea with champagne. Not only will you and your team enjoy a wonderful day learning to play one of the greatest sports in England, but you will also learn the importance of communication and team cohesion in order to reach your goals. Learning to play polo is an invaluable experience that greatly enhances team building.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TASTE OF LONDON AS A LOW-KEY EVENT?
Some of our clients prefer more low-key events that will enable them to entertain their guests in a way that is uniquely different from a sporting activity or major entertainment event. The annual Taste of London is one such event that comes highly recommended. We sell very affordable packages that provide the perfect opportunity for you and your guests to enjoy all the best the annual taste festival has to offer.
Taste of London has been held annually since 2004. It brings together dozens of London's finest restaurants and their best dishes, giving guests the chance of a truly unique culinary journey that highlights London as a world-class gastronomic destination. Best of all, the festival is presented in a laid-back and easy-going manner that makes for a very relaxing experience.
We highly recommend Taste of London to all of our clients looking for a low-key event. It is especially inviting if you or your guests have an interest in gastronomy. Some even go so far as to say that Taste of London is THE social event of the summer.
YOU LIST COWES WEEK ON YOUR WEBPAGE; WHAT IS IT?
Cowes Week is a week-long regatta based in the town of Cowes on the Isle of Wight. It is one of the longest running regattas in the world as well as one of the largest, featuring as many as 40 daily races with thousands of boats and competitors from nations around the globe. From amateur sailors to professionals, everyone flocks to Cowes in early August for a social event in the same league as Goodwood and Royal Ascot.
DTB is proud to offer a range of corporate hospitality packages for Cowes Week. For 2016, we offer four different options. Each package includes food and beverages along with the use of your very own boat – classes vary according to package. When you choose the Race Charter package, you'll have use of a fantastic yacht with a professional crew; you will also be given automatic race entry.
There's nothing quite like boating at Cowes Week. We invite you to ask about this unique form of corporate hospitality that is sure to impress your guests.
YOU MENTION UNIQUE EXPERIENCES AS A SERVICE; WHAT ARE THEY?
Our unique experiences are custom designed and organised events that are not available to the general public. For example, we may work with a client to create a backstage experience featuring a popular musical artist or theatre production. Our working relationships with dozens of different venues give us opportunities to create unique and truly special hospitality events that no one else can offer.
Sometimes these unique experiences are designed for team building or rewarding exceptional employees. Other times they are more private events organised for executives, their families and some close friends. That's the beauty of a unique experience organised by DTB. We can make it whenever you want it to be, within the scope of venues and events we are associated with. If there is anything special you have been thinking about, we urge you to contact us right away. We will do whatever we can to make it happen.
YOU OFFER CORPORATE GOLF DAYS; WHAT ARE THEY?
Corporate golf days are an opportunity to treat your guests to a round of golf at one of the UK's premier clubs. Golf is a popular sport the world over, especially among business professionals who view the opportunity to play a round as a chance to conduct business transactions as well. A lot of deals have been done on world-class golf courses over the years.
Our corporate golf days are the perfect complement to hospitality packages involving great events such as the Ryder Cup and the British Open Championship. Treat your guests to a wonderful weekend of professional golf followed by your very own corporate golf outing the following Monday. Or offer your hospitality in reverse. Either way, corporate golf days are an excellent hospitality option your guests are guaranteed to be impressed with.
YOU OFFER 'DRIVING DAYS' EVENTS; WHAT ARE THEY?
We Brits love high-performance sports cars of all makes and models. Having the opportunity to experience driving these vehicles is what our Driving Days events are all about. We arrange for you and your party to enjoy a full day of customised driving experiences involving high-performance cars and racing circuits around Europe.
YOU OFFER 'OFFICIAL' HOSPITALITY; WHAT IS THAT?
In the world of hospitality, there are both official and unofficial providers. An 'official' provider is one that has been chosen by an event organiser, promoter, or creator to market and sell hospitality packages. The most reliable among them choose only reputable companies such as DTB as official hospitality providers. Working with an official provider guarantees the quality and service necessary to serve guests properly and protect the organisation's reputation.
YOUR WEBSITE MENTIONS RED CARPET EVENTS; WHAT ARE THESE?
Red carpet events are those events specifically geared to an audience that appreciates more formal gatherings featuring cultural activities and high society events. It is safe to think of these kinds of events as those that would bring out celebrities and well-known figures from government, education, corporate business, and other fields.
An excellent example of a red carpet event would be the annual Edinburgh Military Tattoo. This annual review is high on the list of events that are regularly part of the UK social calendar. Other examples would include the Royal Variety Performance, the annual Grand Prix Ball, and any of the film premiers and screenings held in London.
DTB is more than pleased to be able to offer red carpet events to our clients. These events change frequently, so be sure to get in touch with us to learn more about what is up and coming.