Choosing an event venue is an important part of the event planning process as it will house the attendees as well as everything else in your event. However, it becomes even more critical to choose the right venue when you are planning a conference.
While this is primarily because of the sheer size of such an affair, there are other factors you need to consider when choosing the perfect venue for the conference you are planning.
This is the first of many considerations you need to think about when choosing a venue. If the event is local, you should consider selecting a venue that is at a reasonable distance from the attendees’ office or homes. If that’s not possible, go for one that is easily accessible via different modes of transport.
Another important consideration when choosing a venue is the parking space. After all, who would want to attend a conference which doesn’t have any space assigned for private vehicles, right? This also covers valet services.
Next to the location, you should take into account the venue’s rates. Is it within the conference’s allotted budget? If it is slightly more than what you expected, is it within reasonable bounds?
Don’t settle with the first offer. Ask around about potential vendors with good reputation and services. It is also wise to be open to alternatives that will cost less, without sacrificing any important aspects of the event.
The expected number of attendees and guests of will also play a critical role in choosing a venue for a conference. Knowing this will help you narrow down your options as the venue capacity should, by any means, match the expected number of guests.
Another major determining factor when deciding on a conference venue is the services and staffing they offer. Some venues only offer the place, which means you’ll have to hire another vendor for the extra pairs of hands and feet in executing the conference.
On the other hand, others that offer services from their staff members may not meet the appropriate guest-staff ratio, so make sure to know how the venue management will deal with this detail before you sign any contract.
- Accommodation and Amenities
Some conferences require on-site lodging while others don’t. Be sure to list down the needed amenities and accommodations for your event as it will make or break the conference you are planning.
- Layout and Ambience
Certain conference themes require specific venue layouts and ambiance to achieve maximum satisfaction for both the event’s sponsors and attendees. Take note of how they want the conference to look and feel like before you proceed with the venue selection process.
Some conferences need great acoustics to help ensure that all messages are delivered crystal clear. This means you should avoid places with poor acoustics that cause people to lose their voice in one night just because the sound produced during the event is too loud that attendees and sponsors fail to understand each other. Make sure to match the venue with the high quality of acoustics to conferences that need clarity in communication to ensure its success.
Insurance is another important factor in choosing an event venue, particularly in case the client cancels the conference. This will protect the event planner from monetary loses while keeping his or her relationship with the venue management vendor intact.
Technical aspects of the venue should also be a top consideration before contract signing. This covers everything from audio-visuals to the Internet connection. Some events require Wi-Fi access to allow attendees to share their experience at the conference online, which can help in promotion for recurring affairs.