The Venues & Destinations Summit offers personal assistants and event planners the ideal opportunity to source ideas for new locations during a single day out of the office. This year’s edition sees the introduction of the brand new Business Travel Showcase stream, adding even more value to the event. Here’s a look at what’s in store.
Most busy professionals will at some point in their career face the difficult situation of needing to source a new venue for a big event or make travel arrangements while trying to stay on top of all their usual tasks. Trolling the internet for ideas is a big time-waster that often leads to very few results, while large exhibitions can be overwhelming and tiring.
On the other hand, the annual Venues & Destinations Summit, with the new addition of the Business Travel Showcase, provides Event Managers, Event Agencies, Travel Managers, Venue Bookers and PAs the opportunity to sit down face-to-face with suppliers from around the world under one roof. This year’s summit promises to give delegates a wide variety of providers to speak with, covering everything from UK and international venues to airlines and travel expense management.
In addition to the unparalleled opportunities to attend a personalised schedule of face-to-face meetings, delegates can take the day out of the office to learn new skills and get a few helpful tips from industry experts through a series of tailored seminars.
There will be plenty of networking opportunities for those attending too. As well as coffee breaks, you’ll be treated to a complimentary networking buffet lunch that will give you the chance to speak with like-minded professionals who can share their knowledge and experience with you. This year’s summit runs alongside PA Life Training Day and delegates from both events will have the chance to meet at a networking drinks reception at the end of the day.
Feedback from both delegates and suppliers at past events has been positive, giving testimony to the effectiveness of the format. Lifestyle PA London says the day is “a great opportunity to speak face-to-face with relevant suppliers to cut out the many emails, telephone calls and legwork” involved in venue sourcing.
A representative of MSE Meetingrooms calls it a “great event that allows quality time for both buyers and suppliers,” adding that the day is “hassle free”. Meanwhile, an attendee from Club Med says summit organiser Forum Events “has been great in understanding our needs and looking after us” and comments that there is a “great onsite events team”.
The PA from Credit Suisse sums up the day well, saying: “It’s extremely worthwhile being able to network in a very informal way, meeting suppliers that could potentially help your company in the future. I highly recommend it.”
Venues & Destinations Summit 2016
Date: 14 November
Venue: The Grange Tower Bridge Hotel
For more information, visit venuesanddestinationssummit.co.uk. To register to attend as a delegate, contact Laura Spratt at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 01992 374053. For supplier information, contact Amy Ktori at email@example.com, or call 01992 666729