Organising workshops, seminars, conferences, symposia, job interviews etc. require a great deal of organisational skills. One has to choose dates and the venue for holding a particular event very carefully. Meetings and conferences at a small level can be held within the office buildings, but these can cater to a limited number of people only, owing to their size.
Bigger business events like high-level meetings are more suited at multi-star hotels and proper conference rooms or amphitheatres. The first criterion for an ideal venue is its location. It has to be well known and easily reachable. It should also fulfil all the basic facilities required to arrange the event.Conference halls and amphitheatres usually have hi-tech in-built multi-media system. This is required for video, sound, and audiovisual presentation. If it is equipped with the projectors and LCDs, the speakers and the audience would benefit from it. On the other hand, one slight disturbance in the sound or visual system can ruin your conference. Therefore, this is something one should consider before booking a venue.
The venue should be well maintained, air-conditioned/centrally heated, and spacious. The choice of the venue also reflects your business calibre and ethics. The speakers, guests and other people attending the conference should get a positive image of your business/company/NGO. It should have the capacity to seat a large number of people with adequate parking space.A good relationship between the organisers and the management of the venue is vital for the success of the event. The management can ensure that all services and arrangements are available ahead of schedule. Extensive planning and proper implementation is required to make sure that the event is executed flawlessly.Business executives, public speakers, and human resource consultants fly from various parts of the world to attend a symposia or a conference. It is a good idea to choose that venue that suits your guests as well. Since they bring business and huge profits to our company, they should be specially facilitated.Therefore, a good venue has to have a good location, be properly equipped, and should be well managed during the conference. All the facilities such as quality refreshments and smoking/non-smoking area, clean toilets etc should be up to the mark.The nature of the venue sometimes depends on the event as well. All these qualities can become less significant and cannot be the only criteria for the selection of the venue in exceptional cases like a heritage conference, which will obviously be organised at a historical venue, or the G-8 conference, which will not be planned on venues in non-member countries.Sometimes the location of the venue of an event is symbolic. They are held there to make a statement only. A Humanitarian conference would most likely take place in a war-ravaged country to emphasise the symbolic importance of such conference. Similarly, a conference regarding the fashion world would ideally be held in Paris or Milan.