Wales Rally GB ..

gets businesses revved up for Christmas

Wales Rally GB is offering businesses an exciting alternative to the traditional works Christmas party – high-octane corporate hospitality at the UK’s final round of the World Rally Championship (4-7 December). The event is working with businesses to create bespoke packages that entertain and provide key networking opportunities with like-minded corporations.

As well as a great way to celebrate the festivities, the corporate hospitality is also a means for businesses to strengthen internal and external relations, as well as network with others from a number of business sectors including the automotive world. There are a number of packages available, including co-driving rally experiences in the world-class Millennium Stadium and rally stage Walters Arena. At the Halfway and Sweet Lamb stages, guests can enjoy heated marquees, exclusive viewing areas, as well as food and bar facilities. All packages are tailored to give businesses a bespoke and unforgettable experience.

It is the Millennium Stadium stage that promises to be the ultimate spectator experience and hospitality options include private boxes and hostess services. The fire and ice-themed evening begins with an hour-long entertainment programme, which includes daredevil stunt driving, breath-taking acrobatics and spectacular dancing.  Following this, the highlight of the evening is watching international rally stars battling it out against the clock on the floor of the world-class stadium, which undergoes the spectacular transformation from pitch to rally stage, for one night only.

This year’s Wales Rally GB hospitality packages build upon the success of last year, when the event hosted the 90th anniversary celebrations for Trico, a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of integrated wiper systems, with offices across the world. To entertain its European clients, the company chose a co-driving rally experience at Walters Arena, as well as Halfway stage and the special stage inside the Millennium Stadium.

Lisa Nichols, marketing manager for Trico Products Europe, said: “Last year, the bespoke hospitality package that Wales Rally GB organised was a great success and gave our anniversary celebrations the unique twist we were looking for. We had some really positive feedback from our clients, as it was something they hadn’t experienced before - everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and I highly recommend it.” 

Andrew Coe, chief executive of event organiser International Motor Sports Ltd., (IMS) said: “We have worked hard to offer an environment where like-minded businesses can enjoy this world-class sporting event and valuable networking opportunities. This year, we have packages to suit all needs and budgets, whether organisations are looking to impress clients or reward staff with the ultimate Christmas party.”

Information on all of the corporate hospitality packages is available online at or you can also call Alyson Beach on 07970 766661 discuss tailoring packages to suit your needs.

Since its inception in 1932 the rally has been run 63 times; this year's event will be the 64th edition. Enforced stoppages have included World War 2, Suez Crisis (1957) and Foot and Mouth (1967).

Wales Rally GB is the British and final round of the 15-round FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). It is one of only four events that have retained their unbroken World Championship status since the WRC was established in 1973.

Cardiff first hosted the rally in 2000 and the Welsh Assembly Government has been the main sponsor of the event since 2003. The City and County of Swansea has provided the Service Park since 2001.

WRGB is the finale of the Tesco 99 Octane British Rally Championship (rounds six and seven) and the eighth and final round of the FIA Production World Rally Championship.

Wales Rally GB is held annually and is the UK’s biggest motor sport event. It is organised and promoted by International Motor Sports Ltd (IMS), the commercial arm of the Berkshire-based Motor Sports Association (MSA), the governing body for all UK motor sport.

For 2008 Wales Rally GB has become the first round of the World Rally Championship to offset all its carbon emissions, including all spectator travel. The event has been awarded CarbonNeutral® event status, confirming that the event’s carbon footprint is now ‘net zero’.

Access to all 19 special stages is by ticket.  Buy tickets in advance for the best value for money:

by calling the ticket hotline on 0844 847 2251 online via the official website: walesrallygb.comor in person from Ticketline, 47 Westgate Street, Cardiff, CF10 1TL

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