Small Market Meetings

DEC 2016

The Newspaper for Smaller Cities, Facilities and Planners.

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Page 13 of 51 Managing Meetings 14 Courtesy Visit Spokane A Visit Spokane representative assists meeting attendees and event planners with housing, registration and other logistics. Cities typically require a minimum of two hotels and 500 room nights on peak for their housing services, though these specifications may vary. Since bringing new business to the city is a priority, some housing bureaus are more lenient when it comes to helping a first-time event get off the ground. "If it's a matter of whether or not the new busi- ness comes to the city, then we will consider it," said Schmidt. Meanwhile, other bureaus offer service regard- less of event size, such as Go Cedar Rapids. "There are no restrictions," said Deeter. "It's all about servicing the client and making them feel at home." For those unsure which cities offer housing bureaus, planners can either check online or call the convention and visitors bureau in their target location. "Just contact your CVB and talk with them about it, then incorporate it into your planning," Schmidt added. "It's an advantage for your guests that will make their experience so much more pleasant and easier."

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