Site Selection: The Details Matter

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Massachusetts was ranked the most innovative state in the US for 2016* so if your considering cities for your company’s next big event – put Boston on top!

At Corinthian Events, we are head over heels for our home base. Boston boasts copious potential venues from traditional and historic to modern and trendy throughout the city in various neighborhoods such as Back Bay, the North End, and Fenway to name a few. And of course, as an accredited Destination Management Company – we know a lot about our favorite city!

Due to the plethora of great options, choosing the right venue can become a ‘to do’ on your ever-growing list, and if you are not familiar with Beantown, your challenge becomes even more paramount as you navigate through the unknowns.

When we work with your team on site selection, our staff of seasoned professionals ensures no details are overlooked and there are no surprises.

DETAILS. We start by discussing your event with you to learn all pertinent details that have already been decided and what key factors will determine the spacing requirements.

  • What type of event are you planning?
    • Conference or Meeting, Dinner or Gala
    • Reception or Party
    • How many people do you expect?
    • When would be the ideal date or date pattern?
    • What is the format of your desired event?
      • Seated
      • Standing Reception
      • Progressive
      • Breakouts
      • Are there special services that will be relevant to your guests?
        • Accessibility (ADA) requirements
        • Sign language or translation services
        • What is important for your guests and the success of your meeting or event?
          • Location (proximity to airport or convention center, walking distance from scheduled off-sites, etc.)
          • WiFI and what bandwidth requirements might exist?
          • Food and Beverage
          • Ambiance (historical, trendy, practical, business)

With these details organized our team brainstorms – with 19 team members at Corinthian Events, we have a lot of brainpower to discuss all the locations which would best fit all parameters of the upcoming event.

LEG WORK. Once we have our list of potential venues we organize official RFPs (Request for Proposals) which are sent to our contacts at various locations. On a large event, there are many details to keep in mind when calculating prices and without knowing the right questions to ask, things can get overlooked.  It is important to pay attention to auxiliary fees in addition to basic venue fees, catering, and audio visual.  Don’t get tripped up on set-up fees, administrative fees, charges for auxiliary services such as coat check, internet, white boards, and conference calls.

ORGANIZE & REVIEW. With all details received we organize them into a clear, comparable format including pros and cons for each location, relevant images, and budgets that allow side by side comparison by your team. We review all these details with you to learn what is most relevant to the success of your event.

CONTRACT REVIEW & NEGOTIATION. Our years of experience reviewing contracts gives our team a competitive advantage to negotiate concessions for our clients and maintain a win-win for our venue partners. Often the contract you see has already undergone a revision – or two!

Whether you are planning a 1 day meeting or a conference over several days for 50 or for 5,000 people – your venue is vital to the success of your event. Your guests will interact more with the location than any other detail you choose so don’t go it alone – we are here to help!

*Fact share from Bloomberg.com

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