From pre-planning through post-event reporting, we know that meeting planners must wear a lot of hats. Rebecca is no exception, except she has the help and support of the Frisco Convention & Visitors Bureau. Read on to find out how Rebecca has been able to infuse the unique offerings of Frisco into her event and how the team at Visit Frisco is there to help her every step of the way.
SUZZANNE: Tell us, what does your job entail?
REBECCA: As the Corporate Events Manager, I am responsible for managing and executing all of our internal meetings including our bi-annual National Sales Meeting and our annual Shipper Symposium. My duties involve everything from sourcing the hotel, planning the meetings and post-meeting accounting. I also work directly with our marketing team to fill our speaker slots and build the agenda for all meetings.
SUZZANNE: Wow, that’s a lot! What is one of your significant job challenges that working with Visit Frisco helped you solve?
REBECCA: Visit Frisco is extremely helpful in managing our relationships with the local hotels and restaurants. It is often challenging to find venues who can accommodate our exact needs and Visit Frisco is our best resource to overcome those hurdles.
Frisco is an excellent destination for meetings since it has everything! One can find sporting events, concerts, unique restaurants and other local events that cater to many personalities. I love working with Visit Frisco to learn about new and upcoming offerings in the area. Frisco’s proximity to major highways and airports also lends itself to an easy destination to travel to.
I believe I have a great relationship with the Frisco CVB. I can always rely on them to assist with meeting planning, on-site assistance and of course, local recommendations. The team at the Frisco CVB are great to work with and I would compare our relationship to that of a good friend who’s always there when I need them!
We host many out-of-town attendees and we consistently receive the same feedback about how nice Frisco is and how lucky we must feel to live here. Attendees love the ease of getting to and around the city and of course, the food, especially the BBQ and Mexican food!
One of my favorite venues I’ve used in Frisco is 3 Stacks Smokehouse, a BBQ restaurant. We hosted a dinner out on the patio and feasted on excellent barbecue, local craft beer and yummy desserts. The group loved it!
There are many exciting features coming to the meeting industry such as virtual reality components, new interactive technologies and lots of gadgets. Some upcoming virtual reality applications will make it possible to do virtual site inspections, product demos and of course – virtual meetings.
Another trending innovation is the use of robotic iPads as an interactive tool for potential speakers or attendees who are unable to be physically present at the event. Be on the lookout for lots of “wearables” at future meetings, such as lanyards with chips to connect people and wristbands for bar tabs.
Thank you Rebecca for your time and insights.