Site Selection
Site Selection & Inspection: Rethinking the Basics

What we must know now to select appropriate destinations and sites for meetings continues to change.

From 2020 on, meetings were impacted by COVID-19, droughts, failing infrastructure, the “great resignation,” climate and their impacts on people, communities and venue operations. To select the sites, negotiate well-considered, foundational contracts and plan programs and for contingencies is dramatically different. Yet, the basics remain.

In this free one-hour webinar presented by Meetings Today and meetings industry veteran Joan Eisenstodt, we will review basics like demographics and budgets, along with new thinking about safety, security, laws and policies, staffing, service and charges. In so doing, we’ll consider what should be provided and asked in RFPs and responded to by venues (hotels, convention centers, conference centers) to provide the critical information that impacts meeting and event outcomes.

Before you attend, take the best from your old(er) site selection RFP and inspection checklists, rethink what we’ve experienced, read and learned since 2019, and with the knowledge learned in this webinar, determine changes to incorporate.

By participating in this webinar, you will learn the following:

  • Add value to partnerships between groups and venues through detailed communications. beginning with RFPs.
  • Expand knowledge of properties and destinations prior to deciding which to use and finalizing negotiated agreements.
  • Augment and strengthen meeting and event outcomes.

Prior to the session, please send specific questions to Joan at with “April 27 Webinar” on the subject line. She will try to address issues raised before and during the presentation.

Earn CEUs: The Events Industry Council has reviewed the learning objectives of this activity and has indicated that attendees will receive 1 CE hours in the Site Management Domain of the CMP or CMP-HC Standards.

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Joan Eisenstodt
Joan Eisenstodt
Eisenstodt Associates, LLC

Joan founded Eisenstodt Associates, a DC-based meetings and hospitality consulting and training company in 1981. Joan’s vast experience with clients, serving on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Convention and Event Tourism, and with ASAE, DMAI, MPI, and PCMA, has brought her honors from MPI, HSMAI, and NSA; IACC, as an inductee into the CIC Hall of Leaders, and by the PCMA Foundation for Lifetime Achievement as an Educator. Joan knows that selecting a site begins to build the foundation of a successful meeting. You can interact with Joan on social media, best on LinkedIn.