The very best conference centres are laid out well and are well equipped, plus they have a variety of tables, chairs and other furniture to choose from. There will also be a good range of modern AV (audio visual) and telecoms equipment which will enhance the event.
The 'Good Feeling' Effect
The venue will have a 'good feel' to it and the success of the events depends on all of these and many other factors. If the organisers and delegates have a good time and have been well looked after, they will come again and will recommend the conference venue to others.
A Choice or Rooms
A choice of rooms would be ideal so that organisers can choose the perfect room for their event. Each room should be able to accommodate a variety of furniture and equipment depending upon the type of event taking place. If the venue can accommodate this sort of flexibility, it is all the more likely to be popular and successful. Acoustics should be good so that speakers can be heard clearly and a sound system that covers the whole room is a must.
High speed broadband and video conferencing are important to a number of conferences and if your venue can cover all the bases, you will be very busy. Offer services like photocopying, projectors, flip charts and stationery, as these can make all the difference. Do make sure that everything is in proper working order and that rooms are spacious and clean. Have plenty of restrooms and either a coat attendant or lockers.
Good Food and Drink
A good restaurant is a boon. Everyone needs to be well fed and this is one area where many conference venues fall down, they do not put enough thought and effort into running an excellent restaurant. Food should not be over priced and good quality tasty traditional food at a fair price will please most. The dining area should be bright and airy with tasteful decor and of course must be spotlessly clean. Good transport links and or parking facilities are essential for the success of a conference venue. If the venue is difficult to reach or has no parking, it is going to be very difficult for anyone to get there. If the venue is to host national or international events, then ideally, the closer it is to an airport or railway station the better. If there is a rail hub within the vicinity, this will be a huge benefit to the centre. Well trained staff is another area often neglected by venues and if you can offer this service, you will have a head start on the competition. Polite, helpful and knowledgeable staff will enhance a conference centre and will be able to assist event organisers.
What Will Your Customers Want?
When planning a conference venue, think about what customers want and need from the centre. There are many different types of venue, so for an event organiser, they must first consider the sort of conference they are hosting and how many delegates will be attending. They can then begin to make their arrangements and hopefully, your venue will fit the bill.