If you’re a Small Business in the middle of this economy, you know you’ve got to have meetings to get new business, but you also know that meetings—online meetings, meetings at yours, (and worse on your budget) meetings at theirs—cost money. You’ve got to book hotel rooms for your team, organize travel, all kinds of expenses…
So here are 3 tips you can use to save some money:
- In-House Catering. Purchasing a strong catering program from the hotel will save you money in other ways: reduce or eliminate soft dollar fees like meeting room rental, parking, internet charges; and secure value-added benefits like upgrades or even complimentary rooms. So not only will a catering deal save you time & planning, but it could lead to savings in other places—and it’ll always make a good impression on your attendees!
- Book the Right Time. Hotels love the check-in and -out patterns of a Sunday through Wednesday or Thursday (or vice-versa). The weekend pattern will always be where you can drive the better deal (in fact, some hotels won’t even book your group out of pattern unless it’s very short-term business).
- Check Out the Competition. Always check with every hotel in the area for availability—somebody needs your business more than the rest and that’s where you can really negotiate a bargain!
Good luck out there,
Mark Anderson, CTE, STP
Senior Vice President, GetMtgs
253 Chamberlain Drive
Lake Alfred, FL 33850
Tel: (863) 956-8088
Fax: (863) 956-8003
Cell: (863) 521-1699
Toll Free: (877) GET-MTGS