A Planner’s Greatest Resource…

One of the most underutilized resources meeting planners have access to are CVBs and/or DMOs. Why?! Partly because there is a misconception assistance is only available for planners of large meetings.

In actuality, this free service is available to planners everywhere and can be an asset in planning all types of meetings, large and small. Some of the benefits are as follows:

• These professionals are in tune with local hotel products and venues as well as other useful partners in their respective city:
• Their job is to source and connect planners to the appropriate services, saving time and money;
• They can provide intelligence on what’s new and what’s hot in their destination;
• In many cases, these colleagues have information on special deals or opportunities in the area;
• And, they can provide complimentary materials to help promote the destination (and your meeting) to attendees. 

So the next time you need to plan a meeting out of town, try calling the Convention & Visitors Bureau, even if you aren't planning a large-scale meeting. They are experts in their destination, provide free services and are convenient resources.

Judy Cronkhite
Director of Sales and Marketing
Hyatt Regency San Francisco

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