The local media were going through the 92 page bid packet that Milwaukee put together to host the DNC. Part of the bid featured venues around Milwaukee that could hold the 1,500+ parties and events that will take place during the convention. Milwaukee is very fortunate to have very unique venues around the city, architecturally appealing and some of them have a story to tell like the Pabst Mansion, Grain Exchange or the Milwaukee Art Museum. Being an event planner/DMC in Milwaukee, we have local knowledge about these hidden gems and love to help clients hold parties or events at these venues. I have included several photos of venues that my company has featured on our blog the past few years and where clients have held events. You can read the entire article about the needs for different venues during the DNC here.
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Unique Venue in Lake Geneva
I toured a very unique venue located just West of Lake Geneva called Pier 292. The event space sits on top of the Pier 290 restaurant located on the picturesque shores of Williams Bay. The space offers a spectacular view of the lake, the doors all open up to the balcony which overlooks Williams Bay. The space is unique because it's the only restaurant on the water. You can rent a private charter cruise and leave from one of the Hotels in Lake Geneva and be dropped off for your dinner either at the restaurant (buyout) or in the event space for a smaller, more intimate gathering. The bar in the event space is reclaimed from a home around the Lake and it is stunning. The restaurant features a mini-beach where you can put your feet in the white sand while enjoying cocktails on the lake. Pier 292 seats 70 for a sit down meal and up to 100 for a reception. A link to their site can be found here.
This information is not new, however, still very relevant in the ever-changing meeting and events industry. I wanted to share several trends that were discussed at last years MPI World Education Congress (WEC). They continue to have an impact in 2019:
1. Commissions - The three largest hotel groups cut commissions by 30% last year. Some smaller hotel chains saw this as an opportunity and raised their commissions and have done well to lure business they had not seen before. This is and will still be a very hot topic into 2019 and beyond.
2. Consolidations - Event planning groups have seen consolidations, Vendors like PSAV bought Hargrove, on the technology side, Cvent purchased Quick mobile and in the DMC world PRA has been purchasing smaller DMC's in different markets, strengthening their position. As consolidation continues, prices will also increase.
3. Disruptors - Airbnb will have added 50 million new listings in 2019, that's another 50 million more rooms available in the world, something that didn't exist just 10 years ago. Sonder is a new company that will lease apartments for you, similar to Airbnb. It's definitely something to watch in the future.
You can read the entire article here.
Convene Meeting Market Survey Results
Convene Magazine conducted their 28th Annual Meetings Market Survey and released the report to get a snapshot of the overall meetings industry. Here are a few points that I found of interest:
Budget: Planners meeting budgets went up +2 percent vs. -1% in the 2017 survey.
Attendance: 2019 attendance projected is +4.4%.
Number of Meetings: 33% more meetings are expected in 2019.
Expenses: Planners are still being asked to cut back on expenses, the biggest categories: 63% on reducing F&B expenses and 47% for AV costs.
Planning: The average window for booking large meetings is 2.3 years and 10 months for small meetings. There was no change from the prior year.
Outsourcing: Event supply rentals were the top category of being outsourced followed by, 58% of app development and 43% would outsource housing.
You can read the entire article here.
Infographic below is from Convene's Meetings Market Survey was prepared for PCMA by Lewis Copulsky principal, Lewis & Clark. Graphics created by Point Five.
Another unique Milwaukee event venue
I recently toured the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center located at 1450 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive overlooking Lake Michigan and the Marina. They have an amazing facility on the second floor (wheelchair accessible) and several smaller meetings rooms on the main level. The event space holds 150 theater (drop down screen) and 120 for a sit down dinner. Zilli Hospitality group handles the catering. If you want a private and peaceful setting for your next meeting or event with an amazing view of the Milwaukee skyline, consider the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center.
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The City of Milwaukee has been chosen to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention. The other cities that were also competing were: Miami and Houston. The Convention will bring an economic impact of $200 million dollars directly to the city with 50,000 people spending 4-6 days in Milwaukee staying in 15,000 hotel rooms from July 13-16, 2020. The media exposure for the city will also be phenomenal. The convention will take place at Fiserv Forum, the new state of the arena that opened in 2018.
Corporations will also be looking for event space to hold evening parties. Destination Management Connection (dm-connection) is the premier Destination Management Company and Corporate Event Planner in Milwaukee that can help you find a venue, plan the party or event, provide transportation, entertainment, decor, etc. We are a one-stop shop to help corporations plan these exciting events. Milwaukee has many outstanding venues that are great for holding a party of 20 to an evening reception over 2,000.
You can fill out an online RFP at: https://www.dm-connection.com/rfp.html or contact us by phone (which is listed at the bottom of the RFP page) OR go to: https://milwaukee2020.myconnxion.com/user/login to search for my company.
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