By Don Douloff, April 02, 2009
The 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.