Pärnu City Government
Head of the Department of Social Welfare
Annual Conference of Welfare Services 2016
Strand is very suitable for organizing a conference with nearly 300 participants in Pärnu. Strand has conference rooms of various sizes, comprehensive technical preparedness and support, catering and an accommodation option. With the annual conference of welfare services, it was not until the last phase of the preparations when it became clear that there would be considerably more participants than initially planned, which is why both the division of rooms, as well as catering had to be reorganized quickly. In cooperation with the competent staff of Strand, we managed to quickly make all the necessary changes and find both a suitable room solution and convenient catering option. In addition, we got the last-minute idea of doing an online video broadcast of the conference and again, Strand’s IT support was prepared to discuss different options and offer the best solutions at any given moment. The feedback sheets of the conference revealed that the participants were extremely satisfied with the organization – with the rooms, technical solutions, catering, as well as accommodation. I am fully convinced that Strand will also be our partner in the future.
Merrild Baltics SIA
Everything was excellent! Productive meeting, cozy rooms (beds and pillows and view), excellent breakfast! The weather and the town and so on and so on... all very satisfied with the trip.
Media Camp organizer
Arriving for our pre-booking visit to review the rooms and conditions on site, we received a most attentive welcome, and the staff was willing to accommodate our smallest of requests.
On the morning of the Russian Gymnasium-Koidula Gymnasium joint media seminar, we were enthralled by the tastefully prepared Jurmala assembly hall. Tables were positioned based on the number of students, the white tablecloths and apple basket centerpieces given to us as a gift but added to the festive feeling. The microphone and presentation equipment functioned impeccably. The students liked the snacks served with coffee and tea, and the students as well as our guests only had praising comments about the dinner menu.
As a repetitive participant in the Union of Estonian Foreign Language Teachers’ seminars at Strand I knew to expect quality service – that is why we chose Strand.
Head of the Department of Tourism, UT Pärnu College
President of EUHOFA 50. Congress
The hotel for the congress in Pärnu was Strand SPA & Conference Hotel. The expectations of the delegates to the congress were, in addition to a high-level academic program, also concerned with high expectations to the conference hotel, including the accommodations, catering and service. In previous years, the Euhofa congress has mostly only taken place at five-star hotels and therefore it was very pleasant to hear positive feedback and gratitude to Strand SPA & Conference Hotel from the delegates of the congress. As the main organizer of the congress, I can only praise the professionalism, readiness to serve, flexibility and cooperation of the employees of the hotel. The hotel took all our special requests about the accommodation, catering, room design and service into account and the success of the congress was supported in every way. We are sincerely thankful and are already planning new events at Strand SPA & Conference Hotel. In the name of Pärnu college, I recommend Strand SPA & Conference Hotel as a cooperative, knowledgeable and quality-oriented partner and service provider.
AS Wendre, Human Resources and Training Manager
We have cooperated with Strand for a long time already – since the beginning of the year 2000. We organize a fair number of training courses every year, for some of them we also use Strand’s help. The cooperation with Strand has gone very professionally and pleasantly through the years. Agreements are adhered to, they think along based on our needs and the service is on a good level. The large Jurmala hall of Strand is one of the few in Pärnu where most of our team fits. It’s also possible to use the Jurmala hall as different rooms or several nearby rooms can be used at once – for a conference, coffee break, wardrobe etc. Regarding the conference rooms, the location is definitely important, including the good parking opportunities which are an advantage of Strand. Various additional options are also definitely a big advantage, especially for people who aren’t from Pärnu. We recommend the Strand conference rooms to people who organize conferences and seminars, also to those who are looking for a suitable place to celebrate a company event. We will definitely keep using Strand’s services in the future.
Marketingi Instituut, Training Manager
Regarding training courses, seminars and events, our cooperation with Strand has lasted for nearly 10 years now. Over the recent years we have organized seminars and training courses all over Estonia and have learned the country well in that time. In Pärnu, we’ve time and again conducted our trainings and seminars at the Strand conference center. It’s easy to get to Strand and parking is conveniently right in front of the door. Clients can find the hotel easily and if they wish, they can have dinner, stay for the night and visit a nightclub. Strand’s beautiful view should also be pointed out! As a positive extreme experience, the house’s peculiar architecture can be mentioned – there’s always this small chance of getting lost in there. Strand’s conference halls are very good for conducting seminars and trainings. The latest sweet surprise was an energy plate with apples in our training room. The equipment is modern and in working order, wireless internet works wonderfully and supporting personnel is always nearby and helping if necessary, quick solutions are found to problems on spot. To get the feeling of Pärnu resort town, we recommend organizing an event at Strand!
MAD Meeskonnatreeningute Agentuur OÜ, trainer, owner
Meeskonnatreeningute Agentuur MAD has cooperated with Strand since 2003. MAD organizes an average of 2-3 trainings a week. We can say that in the years 2006-2007 Strand was often our first choice of preference when choosing the location. We rate our cooperation with Strand as generally good. The choice of conference rooms is very diverse, we have used all rooms available – both the large halls and cozier meeting rooms. The large halls have good acoustics; the small halls are good for group work. For us, Strand’s ability to offer the customers full service is of great importance. Comfortable accommodation, enjoyable food and relaxing opportunities at the SPA are highly important in an intensive training. We especially recommend the Strand conference rooms to other training companies that appreciate the chance to offer their clients full service. We gladly come to the conference center with our clients and hope that the cooperation between MAD and Strand improves even more.
Vain&Partners, Head of Customer Service
We have cooperated with Strand since 2003. We organize seminars 2-3 times a year on average and so far we’ve had very pleasant cooperation with Strand. Strand always meets us halfway there and prepares the hall according to our wishes. We usually use the largest, Jurmala hall and so far it’s always met our expectations. The additional values offered by the hotel have a great importance, as a person is out of routine when coming to the training and can enjoy the participation at the meeting 100%. We recommend Strand’s conference rooms to everyone who conducts conferences and also definitely plan to use Strand’s conference center in the future ourselves.
Pärnu Hospital Foundation, Communication Specialist
We’ve cooperated with Strand repeatedly since 2006. Pärnu hospital gets a fair number of seminars and trainings every month but in Strand we’ve conducted bigger seminars in particular, the ones with more people and specialists from across Estonia. Every year we definitely organize a few bigger events in Strand, plus events that are planned ahead less.
We’ve primarily used the Jurmala hall, as that fits the most people. The location of conference rooms is definitely important, especially if the event takes place within the workweek – in that case you don’t have to drive far. The options of accommodation and catering aren’t any less important. I rate the cooperation with Strand as very good so far. As the biggest additional value, I’d name the complexity of the service and considering the client’s wishes, and the fact that they always think along and look for the best solutions. I’d recommend the Strand conference rooms to people who are conducting larger training courses and why not also for celebrating formal events of companies. We will definitely also use the Strand conference center in the future.
If I’m not mistaken, we began cooperating with Strand in 2005 when we conducted the Sales Management Annual Conference there. Those conferences took place in Strand a few times and starting from 2007 we’ve organized the Headmasters Annual Conference in Strand in cooperation with the Estonian Headmasters Association – the biggest meeting of comprehensive school headmasters, kindergarten headmasters and education officials in Estonia, with more than 400 people taking part. I organize 5-6 larger conferences per year and one of them has traditionally been done in Strand. We primarily use the largest, Jurmala hall, but we’ve also used the auditorium. The advantage of Jurmala hall is in its size and high ceilings. The location of the hall is pretty comfortable, the conference equipment in good working order and there are also good conditions for interpreters. An additional value of the Strand conference center is definitely the optimal size of the halls and the option of booking the entire house for a big conference. The flexible and helpful staff is also important.
Our conference in Strand is traditionally organized in February, which is off-season in Pärnu, therefore there’s fairly little to do in the town. Therefore it’s developed so that the conference guests actually spend most of their time in Strand, using the opportunities they offer.
I recommend the Strand conference rooms to everyone who plans to conduct a 400-participant conference or other event, during which the guests also need accommodation. We definitely plan to also use the Strand conference center in the future.
Corporate Conferences, Manager
My first contact with Strand was about ten years ago. I’ve maintained regular contact with them and also visited the hotel occasionally, and talked to sales and marketing people with the aim of keeping myself up to date with what’s happening in Strand.
Strand’s conference halls have met both my needs and those of my clients so far, I’ve mostly used the Jurmala hall. One of the biggest advantages in Strand is definitely the large and multifunctional hall with integrated interpreting booths, a sound and engineering stand, and additional equipment and lighting is also easily integrated if necessary. If you’re organizing a bigger conference, you’ll as a rule also need parallel halls, Strand has them and that’s significant.
Pärnu is one of the most attractive towns in Estonia and I believe that if people who organize conferences are looking for alternatives for Tallinn, Pärnu will be given serious consideration as one location, and this is where Strand is definitely a competitive and considerable place for organizing conferences. As for additional values, that largely depends on the concept of the conference and the contents of the program, but it’s definitely important that the organizer of the conference be able to offer the client some entertainment after a long and tiring intellectual discussion and Strand has created all opportunities for that. I have personally had a very pleasant and efficient cooperation with Strand. I guess our work is mostly about communication and when your business partner is a professional, committed, motivated, friendly, and respects the client, the cooperation can’t be anything but good. I believe that the chances for cooperation will be more frequent in the future and we’ll be able to be a useful and valuable cooperation partner for Strand. We recommend the Strand conference rooms both for companies in the private sector and for the public sector civil services/ministries.