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Jill Stone

Your Meeting Matchmaker Fairy Godmother

Meeting Planners will soon be Vying for Space

in: Meeting Planning Experience Meeting Planning Services Site Selection Travel and Hospitality

According to Meetings and Conventions, there are less hotel rooms. They state that the “total active US hotel development pipeline decreased by 10.1 percent in July over the previous year.” This fact was issued by STR/McGraw Hill Construction Dodge Pipeline Report only a few weeks ago. They went on to state that, “Currently in the works are 2,990 projects, totaling 323,070 rooms. The upper-midscale segment has the most room in the pipeline of any chain scale segment, while the upper-scale segment enjoyed the largest increase in the construction phase (up 44 percent) and total active pipeline rooms (up 21.8 percent).”

As a result, it is getting more and more difficult to find rooms, especially as the corporate and transient markets pick up. Finding the hotel space needed for your meeting is about to be met with greater challenges.

So, this is where I come in. Utilizing someone like me is going to save you a ton of time and energy. My focus lies solely in finding the best property and negotiating the best price.  I do all the research on your behalf, evaluate the available choices and then present them to you!  I send out all the Request for Proposals, find the answers, do all the follow-up, and manage the entire process for you.  Think of me as the program working in the background; leaving you to handle all the other millions of details that go into effective meeting planning!

As stated on the HelmsBriscoe website, “Not only will you save valuable time, you will benefit from our purchasing power and industry relationships which often times translates into better availability and pricing.” We  are the “highest volume purchaser in the meetings and event industry,” and this provides us with the ability to negotiate the best pricing. Once you are completely comfortable with the contract and pricing, you sign and then I get out of the way. I have done what I do best,  then I step aside to allow you to do what you do best.

Give me a call, give me a try – you will not be disappointed. I am a great value add partner and have a proven success track record to prove it. No matter where in the world your next meeting may be, let’s connect and get you on track and at a property that meets your needs with ease! Contact me at or  636-797-3405.

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timmccraw August 25, 2011, 9:32 pm

Jill, I like you blogs. Tim McCraw