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Tips to Minimize Off-Site Meeting Costs

The tanking economy is forcing corporate, conference and incentive-travel planners to rein in costs, while still motivating employees.


By Don Douloff, April 02, 2009

Minimize Off-Site Meeting CostsThe tanking economy is forcing corporate, conference and incentive-travel planners to rein in costs, while still motivating employees.

Barb Bowen, director of sales for the Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau, in western Colorado, offers these site-selection tips that will save you money, time and stress:

Seek out locations that are in line with your organization’s culture.

Choose a location with plenty of no-cost and low-cost options for activities.

If you want to incorporate team-building or leadership-development activities, pick locations that partner with experienced facilitators.

Try to schedule meetings during low seasons or days of the week when the facility is less busy.

Consider all-inclusive resorts for multi-day meetings.

Think local for food and beverage. Local producers may offer better prices and be more willing to negotiate for larger groups.

Visit www.visitgrandjunction.com



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