5 Ways to Improve your Site Visits and Important Questions to Ask
A site visit is your window to a proposed meeting destination. It's one of the most important steps in choosing a location for your event.
Before you sign on the dotted line (or e-file your contract), schedule a visit with the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism sales team to ensure the destination is the right fit for not only your budget, but also the atmosphere of the event you're planning.
1- Don’t wait to send your RFP. Sending it well in advance will allow staff at the potential hosting destination the opportunity to manage time better and discuss specifics with you.
2- Never underestimate buying power. If you have multiple events to plan and each will be attended by unique visitors, consider holding them in the same destination using the same venues and vendors each time. Negotiate rate adjustments based on volume.
3- While venue staff will show you around on an official tour, arrive early and unannounced. Give yourself a tour as a regular guest and interact with the staff for the full picture. This includes asking difficult questions, as well as dining at potential restaurants.
4- During your official tour, tell the manager you want to go to random rooms rather than the ones they have planned for your tour. Look under beds and tables and other places that may easily get missed during inspections.
5- Ask for venue materials and quotes to be sent to you electronically. This is especially helpful if you are flying in to the destination.
6- Coordinate with a CVB sales person to visit all off-site activities, coordinate transportation and see multiple properties.