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Meeting with Honors

Meeting with Honors
When it comes to meeting responsibly, college campuses are ahead of the class

In today's economy, planners not only have to be budget-conscious but image-conscious as well. Hosting events or conferences, especially in the public sector, nonprofit or educational industries, presents a fine line of matching memorability with message. While most traditional venues such as hotels and conference centers can do the trick, college and university campuses offer a beneficial alternative, providing a supportive environment and practical amenities-sometimes at half the cost.

"We are not in the hotel industry, so our motive is not the bottom line," asserts Perry Hacker, director of the University Guest House & Conference Center at the University of Utah. While the idea is not to compete with hotels ("partnering with them for overflow" is a better idea according to Hacker) it's hard not to when you consider the cost savings alone that are associated with hosting a meeting or event on campus.

"In 2012 alone, we were able to drop costs almost $100,000 by using conference services at universities," says Jennifer Bruss, a planner with New Jersey-based Standards Solution. In fact, a big part of the savings structure comes from all the included extras you do get, rate-free, at a full-serve college campus. Besides all-inclusive room rentals, other bonuses on campus include the access to local transportation and an academic environment that aids in allowing groups to focus on their agendas.
During this global pandemic, the team at Unique Venues has been working to serve our industry planners and venues with free resources including roundtables, webinars, and workshops. You can visit our COVID-19 Resources page to learn about our upcoming programs this month and next that you may be interested in registering for. Be sure to follow Unique Venues on Facebook (@uniquevenues) and be on the lookout for Facebook Live sessions from Unique Venues CEO, Chuck Salem who will be providing tips and trends for weathering the storm.