Their remote locations thus require good efficient transportation routes and

Their remote locations thus require good efficient

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Their remote locations thus require good efficient transportation routes and possibly transportation facilities (limousine pickup) to nearby airports. There are many groups that are considered consumers of meetings and conventions. These groups vary from corporations to associations to religious groups. They sponsor meetings for numerous reasons dealing with the specific purpose of their organization. In this unit we will also look at the groups sponsoring meetings, conventions and expositions, their reasons and purposes in doing so and the specific types of meetings, conventions and expositions sponsored. Convention Centers Historically, these facilities were designed for convention meeting groups of up to several thousand people, with a trade show area for 200 to 300 exhibits. Convention center function space can be quite versatile with air walls that can create more meeting rooms for smaller groups, known as break-out rooms. The centers also double as entertainment locations for concerts. For many cities this center may also be the only facility that can accommodate banquets for 1000 people or more. As a meeting venue convention centers are unique in the following ways: i. They don’t have guest rooms, but are connected to (or within walking distance of) a large hotel. ii. They are usually feasible for only large conventions. iii. Convention space is booked through the convention center sales department or local convention bureau sales staff. iv. Convention center space can be booked up to 10 years (or more) in advance for very large conventions; guest room blocks will be reserved at numerous nearby hotels (known as a citywide convention).
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70 | P a g e B H T M 4 1 7 B A N Q U E T I N G A N D S E M I N A R S M A N A G E M E N T Campuses are a newer, affordable alternative, especially for groups who meet during the summer, although meeting space have become more limited as colleges increase their marketing efforts. This has forced repeat customers to secure space further in advance. Lesson Activity: As a meeting venue campuses offer the following unique features: 1. They have large amounts of meeting space (classrooms), rooms (student housing), and function space (student dining space) available during the summer 2. They can offer lower group rates than hotels during a high-demand, (summer) period Each of these meeting facilities venues will be discussed in greater detail along with site selection criteria and industry procedures. Types of Meeting Planners Today, meeting planners in general have received much more professional training than in the past. As mentioned previously, there are now numerous associations for all types of meeting planners to join. These groups offer training sessions (known as continuing education) to their members, which often are held during the convention.
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