And we’re off to another year filled with more fun . . . and more challenges.
One of the top challenges coming up in 2019 is record-high hotel occupancies across the country. This trend will affect some areas a bit more than others, but in a majority of cities, transient and group demand is up quite high and as you know, this will make it increasingly more difficult for meeting planners to find affordable rates. To learn more, check out this detailed report from CBRE.
Budgets will be challenged even more:
- Budgets are “not growing as quickly as attendees’ expectations.”
- Air prices are on their way up.
These insights come via research conducted by American Express Global Business Travel.
Hold on there, before you start your 2019 out with the Meeting Planner Blues, there is Good News! There is way you can add value to what you do, while not negatively affecting your bottom line . . . all it takes is for you to find a me J Tada! Here I am, Happy Non-Blue Year!
I am well connected in the industry and I can, yes I certainly can, help you to find the venue that meets your budget and meeting requirements. Share your meeting plans with me – one time – and I will send it out to multiple locations, gather the info into an easy to compare spreadsheet, then negotiate the best of all for you on behalf of you.
Take venue RFP and negotiations off your list of to dos. Spend more time on your creative vision. Spend more time finding that perfect speaker. Spend more time on the many details your meeting entails. I am here for you, meeting planner!
Happy 2019 Meeting Planners! Looking forward to another year of serving you!