Michigan has always been an economically important state. As it is the home of the big three automotive makers, a lot of business concerning cars regularly comes through the state. It is no surprise that business and trade conferences are also held regularly in the area.
Hosting conferences is a great way to connect people in the same field. The main problem with them is in their planning, and the biggest issue in planning is picking among the many conference centers in Michigan. Businesses planning such an event must take the choice of venue seriously, as it is often one of the key factors for a conference’s success. Sean Spencer from TrainingZone talks about how to start determining where to hold the event:
“Establishing the size of the conference will be the starting point when choosing a venue. Whether an AGM requiring a large lecture theatre or a small workshop needing a few meeting rooms, the space requirements of the event is often the first variable when it comes to a good conference venue. The size and accompanying needs of different conferences need to be dealt with in a bespoke manner.”
The other factors to consider are the location of the conference center and its amenities. Having a centrally located venue will help a conference attract many attendees. Ease of access via public or private transport is also pivotal. Additionally, proximity to comfortable accommodations can make sure that participants are well-rested and never inconvenienced when traveling between their hotel and the venue. In this wired age, it is also ultimately important for a venue to be up-to-date technologically. Good Wi-Fi, along with video-conferencing facilities, will help make a conference popular.
Thankfully, for those planning conventions in the area, there are excellent conference centers in Michigan like the one at the Crystal Garden Banquet Center which, for example, provides Wi-Fi, catering, and accessible free parking. Various convention centers have different offerings and any organizer should keep this in mind when planning a conference. A well-planned and well-executed convention can often boost the reputation of the planner, so it would be best to think carefully about it.
(Source: What makes a good conference venue and why?, TrainingZone, September 3, 2014)