Hotels are great for meetings – but how do you choose the right one?

Over
90 per cent of the conferences and meetings we facilitate take place in
hotels. This tends to be for two main reasons; firstly, if the group
size is large then few companies can accommodate the event in-house,
secondly, if the topic being discussed is particularly sensitive or high
risk then off site allows greater privacy and focus.
 
The big
benefit of using a hotel for an event is that they it can offer the
space, accommodation, catering (and sometimes leisure facilities) all
under one roof. If you choose one of the large hotel chains then you
should also be able to expect a degree of consistency between different
locations.  On the other hand, if you prefer your event space to have
more character or variety in different towns then independent hotels may
be a better option.

Last
year we ran an event in a city centre hotel on the west coast of
America. The setting was not the most sophisticated or glamorous that we
have experienced, but despite this, the event stands out as one of the
best, by far, that we have run in a hotel.

Our
contact at the hotel was truly amazing. Despite many last minute
changes to timings and room layouts the conference organiser was
positive and accommodating throughout. The catering was also
outstanding.  Eating fresh and healthy food at the event helped maintain
good levels of concentration and energy.
 
When I view hotel space
for an event I’m looking for a venue that offers flexibility, excellent
attention to detail and a conference organiser who can build a good
rapport with myself or our client.  If we can confidently tick these
boxes then we have the framework for an excellent event.

Katherine
Woods, Founder of meeting facilitation company, Meeting Magic, works
with clients to design the flow of conversations that take place at
conferences.

Any comments? Email conferencenews@mashmedia.net

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