Welcome to a new series on the blog where your meeting planning questions and dilemmas are answered by experts – other meeting planners! Comment below with your own questions.
Q: How can I save on meal costs?
A: Get creative with your meal items.
Order a la carte items instead of packaged meals. Also check with the facility to see if they will allow you to use the dessert that comes with lunch as your afternoon snack.
Submitted by: April Cox, Education Manager (Meeting Planner), with SC Association of CPAs
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Meeting professionals know that the best ideas often come from their peers, who are usually more than willing to share them with people who show an interest. Planners are talking about adding value to their meetings to attract attendees.
Maureen Thompson of ASBO International taps the knowledge of the hotel staff by hiring some of them to put in extra hours staffing the meeting registration desk instead of hiring temps to do this. “The person’s knowledge of the venue, location and even access to the ‘behind the scenes’ places of the hotel is invaluable,” she says.
For more great meeting ideas, check out the Stellar Tip Archive, and search through a variety of tips and advice submitted by other meeting professionals.
What are some ideas you will be implementing? Let us know, and share the information with your peers. It’s the most effective way to learn!