Training Meeting Trends 2019

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Challenge- Meeting Room Consolidation

As per the 2019 American Express Global Meeting and Events Forecast, meeting room consolidation has created shifts in choice and puts increased pressure on meeting owners and planners.

ContactPointe has observed:

  • Non-technology alternatives- Over the past 5 years, meeting room consolidation and technology advancements have led to the closing of some corporate computer training centers. As an alternative, meeting planners have moved to non-technology meeting centers and ordered the technology components ala carte. New challenges with non-technology centers include the availability of quality Internet, adequate Internet bandwidth and more complex contractual terms. Many require a deposit when booking and less flexible cancellation clauses.
  • Technology restrictions- For example, many hotels provide Internet access with a password or through their own “splash” page. This can cause problems for some web-based applications or when VPN routers are used by clients. The use of meeting rooms and computer classrooms at colleges and universities has increased, but can come with many more restrictions on availability and scheduling. They may also not allow loading of proprietary software programs.
  • Renting high-technology classrooms- Because ContactPointe is experienced in dealing with the above issues, it is absolutely possible to rent a high-tech classroom or meeting room through us, complete with computers, AV, and Internet bandwidth. ContactPointe will coordinate all of the details for your technology needs to insure a successful event.
  • No solution for live inventory- There is no true live nationwide inventory for high-tech or simple meeting rooms. ContactPointe maintains its internal database which has grown to over 1,000 meeting facilities. We know how to match meeting room requirements, provide the technology and simplify the contractual issues.

Finding the right location is the hardest thing you do, and ContactPointe makes it easy.