A York hotel has said “happy retirement” to a much-valued conference organiser who has brought his two-day meeting to the city for the last two decades.
And to thank David Andrews for his 18 years of business, staff from the Doubletree by Hilton York presented him with a celebratory cake made by the kitchen brigade.
Mr Andrews first came to York in 2000, after delegates the previous year said that Dorset was not the most convenient location for a national conference.
Taking their comments on board, he looked at destinations that were easily accessible and plumped for York, where he staged the third annual National Conference for Careers Leaders in Schools and Colleges in the November of that year.
Mr Andrews said: “I’ve loved coming to this hotel. From the very first time I booked the conference here, I knew I would be well looked. And I have never been let down.
“The delegates always enjoy the two days and they certainly appreciate the warmth of the welcome given by the staff here, some of whom have been looking after us for as nearly as long as we have been coming to York.”
Graham Usher, General Manager of the Doubletree by Hilton York, said: “David is a valued customer, extremely popular amongst the staff, and it has been our pleasure to have hosted his conference for so long. Dorset’s loss has certainly been York’s gain.
“In our book, customer service is the number one priority and having the same conference return year after year is a testament to this.
“On behalf of all the team at the DoubleTree by Hilton York, I would like to thank David for his valued custom and wish him a long and happy retirement.
“We can also assure him that his successor will be just as well looked after next year and we hope for many years to come.”