Meeting planning has gotten a lot more complex due to the economic pressures as well as the sheer influx of information and opportunities afforded by a globally connected world. No longer is it impractical or even difficult to price dozens or hundreds of venues in far flung locations from the office. In fact, such a feat requires very little other than a browser, organization, and determination. This is a radical departure from meeting planning of only a decade ago, and it does bring up some points of interest:
- Because the world is globally connected, it is important to consider alternatives. If a beach resort in Thailand looks great until a shakeup in the government pits the Army against the police and government body, then it might be time to consider alternatives. Remember that you are no longer constrained by geography any more than you make yourself.
- There are always new hot spots and old hot spots become less affordable. As the world continues to catch up with technology, economics, and politics, it is worth noting that a hot venue this year will probably be more expensive next year. Don’t grow too attached and always be willing to experiment. For example a cruise meeting can be a welcome change.
- Some things never change, so bring your own…well, everything, whenever you can. Despite the influx of information, vendors still charge too much for goods and services in touristy locations. Try to avoid this by bringing as much as possible, but be wary of customs officials that might be on the take. It could very well turn out to be a case of six of one or half a dozen of the other.