- When CVBs save the day
- CVBs can save you time and money
- Meeting professionals share their experiences
The services, amenities and team approach that CVBs offer are just a few reasons planners continuously turn to them for assistance.
Leah Wiemann, Morgan Data Solutions, LLC (MDS), experienced the heroic efforts of the Greater Madison CVB (GMCVB) when the CVB ultimately saved the day for their customer, the Wisconsin School Counselor Association, Inc. (WSCA). Three months before their scheduled conference, the venue they were booked at announced they were closing. With the pressure on to try and find a new location over the same dates, the group reached out to CVBs in cities that could potentially accommodate. With the help of the staff at the GMCVB and other local partners, they were able to find a new space over the exact same dates, not an easy feat for a group of their size (1,100 attendees) within such tight restraints.
Wiemann praised the GMCVB and staff that came to their rescue, “The Wisconsin School Counselor Association started hosting their Annual Conference in Madison in 2012 and we are now booked through 2020. It is because of Jeff Holcomb, Senior Sales Manager at the GMCVB that our entire organization looks at Madison’s hospitality as one of the best in the state! We value the GMCVB’s teamwork to support WSCA’s commitment to quality and professional development at a reasonable cost.”
Above and beyond doesn’t even begin to describe the personal attention and effort Wiemann and her group received. Holcomb further secured their allegiance when he composed and sang a song at their 2013 Conference keynote session.
Deanne Sperling, Communications & Special Projects Manager for Student Affairs, North Dakota State University, has also called upon the services of a CVB, in her case, the Bismarck-Mandan Convention & Visitors Bureau, to help with everything from individual visitors to small meetings and large conferences.
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She experienced this recently when they had a client who wanted to put in a national bid. Sperling commented, “The CVB was instrumental in providing a meeting place for us to discuss the logistics, as well as providing the statistics about the region, city and number of available hotel rooms, among other things.”
In this case there was a big requirement for both on-campus housing and standard accommodations requiring a block of hotel rooms. A strong advocate for working with CVBs based on her experiences, Sperling shares, “The CVB is very supportive of the University whether we are recruiting a new staff person or working with a very large group. They are great partners and collaborators.”
When dealing with back to back meetings, Ann Barrett, CAE, President, Conners/Barrett & Co., LLC, also finds CVBs, like the Wisconsin Dells CVB, to be a lifeline before, and during, her meetings. “CVBs are a phenomenal resource! They save me a great deal of time starting with RFPs as well as help throughout the event with onsite registration assistance, visitor guides, name badges, speaker gifts and bonus items like pens, note pads and other promotional material. They’ve helped me with everything from their calendar of events to media contacts and all sorts of good things.”
There is no better expert or asset than the local CVB when it comes to a city’s resources and attractions. CVBs can help during each and every stage of your event to help bring meetings to a new level.