According to the UN World Tourism Organization, the term “meeting” refers to a gathering of 10 or more participants for a minimum of four hours at a contracted venue. Whether or not you adhere to this strict definition, at Kalahari, we find that meetings usually tend to fall into one of five categories:
- Corporate business meetings
- Conventions and conferences
- Trade shows and exhibitions
- Incentive events
- Other types of meetings, such as training seminars and peer reviews
However, you might be surprised to learn that according to Convention Industry Council findings, of the 1.87 million meetings held each year, 70 percent are corporate business meetings, which by nature means most of them are small. And that percentage is due to grow. Research gathered by Active Network showed that 50 percent of all the 2012 eRFPs were for meetings between two and 50 people, an increase of 5 percent over 2008 data.
What Are the Benefits of Small Meetings?
Shorter Lead Times
Imagine your boss just called a meeting of 35 sales representatives in your company, and you have three weeks to plan it. It needs to be off-site at a fun and interesting location. With a group of this size, planners have greater venue options and increased flexibility to secure meeting space and sleeping rooms.
Less Stress on the Wi-Fi Infrastructure
It’s always important to ensure your technical needs for a meeting are clearly expressed and able to be handled before your meeting. However, small groups tend to have less of a burden on bandwidth and tech needs, which can lead to a smoother tech experience.
More Tailored, Intimate Experience
With a group of 50 or less, the ability to tailor the meeting to attendee preferences from the food to the presenters is significantly increased. In addition, attendees can really get to know each other in a more relaxed environment.
Why Choose Kalahari Resorts & Conventions for Your Next Small Meeting?
There are several reasons to consider Kalahari for your next meeting. Following are just a few.
An experienced small meeting specialist will work directly with you to achieve all your event goals. He or she will help select the right space, work with you on food and beverage choices, and ensure that the AV technology and Wi-Fi will meet your needs.
Drivable Location With Ample Parking
Whether you choose our location in Ohio, Pennsylvania or Wisconsin, it’s an easy drive from large cities such as:
- Cleveland, Ohio
- Toledo, Ohio
- Detroit, Michigan
- New York, New York
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Binghamton, New York
- Chicago, Illinois
- Madison, Wisconsin
- Green Bay, Wisconsin
In addition, all three Kalahari locations are just minutes off major highways and have dedicated meeting entrances.
Kalahari offers executive boardrooms, small conference rooms and even ample space in our hallways for impromptu meetings. You can extend your day by gathering on the outside patio or in the bar, restaurant or waterpark.
Our talented culinarians will work with you on the food and beverage choices that work best with your group, and our professional service staff will ensure a memorable eating experience among your guests.
Kalahari Resorts and Conventions have long been known for our waterparks, but there are other benefits of booking your group with us. We offer team-building ropes courses, a world-class spa and shopping on-site. Many, many other attractions are just minutes away!
Give our small meeting specialist a call at 855-411-4605 to plan your meeting today!