By Jeffry Farman, past Global President, International Association of Conference Centres.
Conventions can run into thousands of delegates. Hence, convention centres in the centre of town, often surrounded by banks of major city hotels. But at the other end of the market, the so called small meeting market, is the small conference centre. Usually out of town and providing for up to 100 delegates, with onsite accommodation. Melbourne is typical, with quite a few conference centres ranging from 40 minutes to 3 hours from the CBD.
These “small” conference venues cater for the needs of corporations, government, university and school retreats for learning and development, strategy planning and leadership and team building events.
Small meeting venues have such a lot to offer.
A typical group is 25 to 50 delegates coming together for 2-3 days where everything is provided by the venue. Accommodation, food and beverage, meeting facilities and equipment as well as sporting and recreational facilities.
Natural environment clears the mind
Peace and tranquillity, fresh air and a closeness to nature are highly valued. There is a strong desire to make a break from the office. To get away from it all and relax in a stress-free environment where there are no distractions. But minimal travel time is important. Most organisations want to keep travel time to less than one hour. Peace and tranquillity, fresh air and a closeness to nature are highly valued.
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