What are the top trends driving the popularity of destination selection for meeting and events? This fall, as Cvent released their 3rd annual list of the Top 50 Meeting Destinations, it is evident that many times popularity and ultimately selection centers on getting a great deal!
Saving money always hits the top rung of any planner survey about what’s important when planning a meeting. Planners consider cost a priority, and the Cvent survey has uncovered some interesting data to support just how important cost is to meeting location.
In the end, cost effective meetings aren’t just about finding a bargain, much of the control is still in the hands of the planner; how you communicate the specifics of your meeting in your RFP will greatly increase the likelihood of a competitive bid.
- Understand how your meeting is evaluated based on 5 factors of meeting desirability
- Enhance and leverage those factors
- Find destination and hotel promotions in empowerMINT.com’s destination profiles and Cvent’s Promotions Hub
- How to enlist the help of CVB partners to make meeting negotiations more effective
Senior Director of Sales
George Shagoury is currently Senior Director of Sales at Cvent and has more than 20 years of professional sales and hospitality industry experience. He is responsible for overseeing sales initiatives for the Cvent Supplier Network division, from sales management to strategic partnerships with key organizations. In addition, to these sales efforts, he also focuses on the Cvent Supplier Network’s product management, operations and strategy. Prior to Cvent, George held two Director of Sales positions at two of the world’s leading hotel management companies, Starwood Hotels and Resorts and Marriott International.
Julie Coker Graham,
Executive Vice President
Since September 2010, Coker Graham has overseen a staff of 25 convention sales and services professionals at the PHLCVB who are responsible for selling the expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center and Philadelphia*s hotel package to customers across the country. Recently, she assumed expanded responsibilities at the PHLCVB, overseeing all of the organization*s departments and operational duties as part of a succession plan to President & CEO of the agency.
Global Account Executive,
Beth Witzak is currently the Committee Chair of the Twin Peaks Charter Academy Fundraising Committee, and Global Account Executive at ConferenceDirect specializing in site selection and contract negotiation. She has over 15 years of hospitality industry experience and has spent time in hotels, convention bureaus, and is now an independent meeting planner. Ms. Witzak was recently featured on DMAI’s Empowermint blog for her collaboration with CVB’s and was interviewed by Colorado Meetings + Events for their Spring 2013 issue. It is her personal goal to provide superior customer service to her internal and external customers.