What information should a planner come to a CVB with? What questions should planners be asking CVBs to help utilize their services more fully? Midwest Meetings asked these questions so you, the planner, don’t have to. Here are some responses we received from Midwest CVBs
• The must see, do, experience favorites of some Midwest CVBs • Why CVBs enjoy their role with meeting and event planners • Venue recommendations from people 'in the know'
Midwest Convention and Visitor Bureaus are a wonderful asset to meeting and event planners. Local CVBs can give you the inside scoop on venues, resources, dining, and even some outside the box destinations that can provided you and your attendees added enticement.
• CVBs can help you obtain volunteers for your event • Going the extra mile • Training opportunities keep volunteers 'in the know'
CVBs can help meeting professionals rest easy when it comes to many crucial aspects of their event. This is especially true when it comes to recruiting the best volunteer base.
Oftentimes meeting planners are planning events in cities they don’t have direct ties to and finding knowledgeable and dependable volunteers would be all but impossible without the help and expertise from CVBs.
• CVBs disclose hidden gems in their area • Off the beated path adds adventure for attendees • Old and new venues create unique experiences
Planners want to give attendees the best in every aspect of their event, but sometimes finding a new spark for attendees can be a hard to find. Luckily, area CVBs can help planners find the perfect locations for their groups and point you in the direction of unique venues and one-of-a-kind experiences. These hidden gems could be just the experience to add extra excitement to your next event.
• 25 questions to ask CVBs • Gaining knowledge to accurately choose a destination for your meeting or event
No one can think of everything, but with this handy list, you’re well on your way to a productive conversation with a CVB. Remember, the goal of the CVB is to share area expertise and to earn your business, so make sure you utilize their wealth of knowledge to the fullest.
• Work with your CVB to understand the city • Give your attendees a chance to really see the area • No need to rush when enjoying a tour
How many miles have you flown this year? How many cities have you been to? How many cities have you actually seen? Many of us experience little beyond the path from the airport to the hotel and back when traveling for work. You may be able to say you’ve been to a particular city multiple times yet you may know virtually nothing about it beyond cabs and room service.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) originated in the form of financial donations to key causes. However, in recent years, CSR has taken on a variety of new forms beyond traditional philanthropy. Once considered a novelty, everyone from small mom & pop shops to mega-corporations are looking for ways to give back.
The opportunities are as varied as the companies pursuing them. Gone are the days of simply writing a check and sending a press release. Today’s CSR programs are creative and an integral part of the business plan. More importantly, strategically planned meetings or events can meet your primary business goals, as well as, your CSR targets.
These are some key concepts and strategies to keep in mind as you build CSR into your meetings or events.