This may be the best way to mix business with pleasure. Many conferences are booking cruise ships as venues for many different types of events. Why? Keep reading...
Better Budget Control. Meals, meeting space, audio-visual equipment, recreational activities, and evening entertainment are typically all included. This means better budget control and also less out-of-pocket expense for attendees.
More Bang For Your Buck. All-inclusive cruise ship events save 20 to 30% on cost vs. land-based venues, according to cruise event services company Landry & Kling. And companies have access to amenities on cruise ships they might not otherwise be able to afford. Theaters and lounges feature state-of-the-art sound, light and projection systems and built-in décor. High-quality nightly entertainment, happy hours, floral arrangements, and personally chosen meals are some of the other standard amenities. This all saves event planners considerable time and money, which means ticket prices to the event may be are lower than land-based events.
Superior Service. Cruise ship staff-to-guest ratio is generally three times that of most resorts, so as attendees you'llreceive more attentive and personalized service.
Self-Contained Environment. You are a captive audience on a cruise ship. Attendees won’t skip sessions to go play golf instead, so networking opportunities with the people you want to meet are possible. The self-contained environment of a ship fosters relationship-building and encourages greater meeting attendance and participation.
A Unique Experience. Did you know that only 24% of the U.S. adult population has ever taken a cruise, according to the most recent report from the Cruise Lines International Association? A cruise attendees allows you to share new experiences with colleagues, enhance camaraderie and helpsgenerate fresh thinking. The unique nature of a cruise ship venue makes your company event significantly more memorable for your staff and customers. This helps build company/brand identity loyalty and lasting relationships, delivering a solid return on investment.
Ok so which events should I take a look at?
If you're a marketing person, consider attending the Digimarcon Digital Marketing Conference leaving from Houston in April 2016, or the Otalryngology Review for Primary Care and Emergency Care Providers which visits Hawaii the same week!
Have you attended a conference on a cruise? Let us know what you thought in the comments area below.