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How To Select A Conference Centre

Mar 10, 2008
Finding a conference for your event is a really enjoyable part of the process. Choosing the right place is a vital aspect of the whole event. Finding the right venue can be the difference between you holding a mediocre event and an event that will live long in the memory of your delegates.

Without exception conferences should inform, engage and inspire the delegates that attend them and the right venue can provide atmosphere that is conducive to this. This does not mean that your conference has to be held in an incredible stately home for it to have the most benefit. It means that the event venue needs to suit the type of event you wish to hold. For example if you were to find an incredible stately home for your conference but that your conference required thousands of people to visit it then it is unlikely to be suitable. So if you are looking for a conference centre and are keen to find somewhere that is suitable for your specific needs then make sure you consider the following.

Size of event

The size of the event is probably the most important consideration when you are trying to pick a suitable venue. If you want a venue for an event that will accommodate a thousand delegates then you will obviously be limited in your choices. Alternatively if you know that you will only be having a few delegates and would like an intimate venue then there is no point in looking at venues that are designed for thousands of people to attend.

The other main thing to remember in relation to the size of the event is that if you are having a trade show you are likely to need a large venue that has the capacity of housing a large number of people at their own stalls as well as a large number of people that will attend the event for a shorter amount of time. This means you should look for a dedicated venue that has the capacity to incorporate a large number of people that attend an event for a short period of time. Ideally it should have a natural through way so that people visiting the event can walk through the event rather than being forced into a bottle neck. So be sure that the layout of the venue suits what you want to use it for.


The location of the event is another crucial aspect to consider. The main consideration you need to make is in regards to the number of people that you want to attend and the transport infrastructure that supplies your event. For example if you want thousands of people to attend on a day basis you will probably do well to locate your conference near a tube station in London.

If on the other hand you want a residential conference that keeps your delegates in one place for a few days then you will do well to have your conference in a place that does not have many distractions around. So perhaps a stately home would be most suitable. That is providing that there are parking facilities or that you can provide a bus service or transport from the nearest train station.
About the Author
Shaun Parker is an expert on the conference centre. To find out more see http://www.etcvenues.co.uk
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