Factors like affordability, accessibility as well as what the destination has to offer in the way of infrastructure for the event, are objective. There’s external evidence readily available to compare convention destinations.1 1. Walkability to restaurants and attractions around the convention center. 2. Affordable hotel rooms – How many total rooms does an area afford? How…

With the economy picking up, meeting facilities and convention centers are getting buried with requests for pricing and often don’t know who to respond to first. If you need a fool-proof method for getting the personalized attention your group deserves, read on. Before You Request Price Quotes Start with yourself. As a rule, don’t contact anyone till you have…

We’ve all read or experienced the horror stories of attendees or exhibitors left with substandard, far away rooms, or worse, no room at all! Why is attendee housing so difficult and how do you make it right? The first key is understanding what each party wants: Stakeholder #1 – Hotels It isn’t always about the…

Meeting planning often involves coordinating hundreds of tasks. If you’re not using the services offered by a Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), you could be missing out on expertise that’s invaluable. Here are ten reasons to call the area’s CVB first: 1) Collecting and keeping updated information on a city’s venues, opportunities and activities is…

Let’s start with the basics: A Strategic Meetings Management (SMM) program usually involves special software, so you can get a total view of your meetings, how they are doing for key metrics compared to the previous year(s) and discover ways to increase their economic efficiency. With such a program in place, companies and associations can…