Compatible with all iOs and Android devices, this innovative app was born as a result of customer demand. "In speaking with planners and convention services managers throughout the hospitality industry, we found a shared frustration as it pertained to scaling product and personnel quantities to attendees," recalls Dan Berger, CEO & Founder of Social Tables. "As a company that has been shaped by feedback from our customers, we knew we had to provide a solution – that's when the idea of an app hit us."
The Calculator function allows users to input the number of event attendees into an algorithm that recommends quantities of food and beverage (including liquor, coffee and standard drinks), safety (fire extinguishers, exit space), and staffing.
While the calculator alone was exciting, Berger realized that he wanted to do more than provide answers – there needed to be an educational component. "That's when I reached out to Karen Kotowksi," Berger says. "There is no better organization to partner with on industry thought leadership than the Convention Industry Council."
"Promoting professionalism is at the core of CIC's mission. We are committed to fostering the growth and needs of our industry's professionals through our actions. The Pocket Planner app allow us to do both of those things seamlessly. The calculations are based on industry best practices and established standards that CIC uses in our Manual, so it was a natural partnership. The app is another tool that allows planners flexibility in applying their knowledge, not a substitute for attaining it. Kudos to Social Tables for creating a useful platform that is accessible and at no cost, to everyone in the industry." Said Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP, Chief Executive Officer of the Convention Industry Council.
Additionally, planners are able to purchase a copy of the CIC Manual for use in studying for the CMP, and for reference in day-to-day operations. The CIC is actively working on a mobile version of the manual, which will be added to the Pocket Planner App once it is released.
The free app is now available for download by visiting: https://www.socialtables.com/pocket-planner
About the Convention Industry Council
The Convention Liaison Council was founded in 1949 by four organizations to facilitate the exchange of information within the meetings, conventions, and exhibitions industry. Now the Convention Industry Council, the organization has grown to include 33 member organizations.
CIC's members represent more than 103,500 individuals and 19,500 firms and properties involved in the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry. CIC offers many tools and programs designed to support the industry and meet its challenges; facilitate the exchange of information and ideas; and educate the public on its profound economic impact.
About Social Tables
Social Tables, the award-winning provider of hospitality software, delivers the most dynamic diagramming and guest management platform on the market. The industry leading company consistently aids its 2,200 customers in achieving their sales and operational objectives. The company's diverse list of clientele ranges from hotel chains such as the Hyatt Hotel Corporation to academic special events teams from Harvard Business School to corporate meeting teams such as Genentech.