Selecting the Right Venue for your Meeting

The most important step before selecting a location or venue is to understand the overall goals, objectives and outcomes desired at the end of your conference.  Is the purpose to incentivize or Sales Meeting Venuereward?  Is the goal to strategize and plan? Or, is the goal to educate and train?  The answer to these questions may assist your organization to select the right type of venue and location.  Though budget is always a factor; the desired outcomes should be the first consideration.

Cities and resort destinations are often the first locations considered for sales launches and incentive trips.  These destinations are convenient to attractions, dining and shopping.  If building a cohesive sales team is important to your organization, then perhaps other destinations and venue types should be explored.  Conference centers are often overlooked because they do not provide a traditional hotel experience.

Most conference centers are dedicated only to meetings.  Your attendees are not competing for attention with other leisure travelers and non-meeting guests.  If your conference center is a member of  IACC, the International Association for Conference Centers, then that conference center has implemented a set of benchmarks within their venue to reflect the highest standards, facilities, technology, and are modeled with strong corporate social responsibility in mind.  Conference centers simplify the buying process through offering a CMP, or Complete Meeting Package, to encompass meals, breaks, meeting room rentals, basic a/v and internet.  Many items such as executive board chairs often come standard.  Less add-on fees and fewer hidden charges are assessed.

Conference Centers provide an environment for learning, networking, and team building.  The open spaces and wide variety of meeting and event space provide near limitless opportunities for you to create a meeting that achieves your objectives while creating a memorable and meaningful program for your attendees.

About The National

The National Conference Center, located 40 minutes from Washington, DC and 12 miles from Dulles International Airport, is enjoying a renaissance of epic proportion.

Under new ownership and management and following a multi-Aerial view of The Nationalmillion dollar investment in the first two years of a three year plan, The National presents a beautiful 65 acre campus featuring newly renovated spaces and new venues, including the new lobby Living Room, the National Secret “speakeasy” and the National Challenge Course, as well as an innovative re-engineering of the entire culinary programming  to include “a la minute-style” food service at breakfast, lunch and dinner in the newly remodeled Dining Room.

With 917 guest rooms and 250 conference rooms, including Northern Virginia’s largest ballroom (16,552sf), The National is a hybrid of the best from conference centers, the size of a convention center and the flexibility of an independent venue devoted to productive meetings and events at the forefront of the learning and development marketplace.

Meetings, conferences and small conventions ranging from 12 persons to 1,200 are uniquely accommodated within the 55,000sf West Belmont Place and two purpose-built conference wings featuring five “pods” that enable a conference/hotel within a conference hotel concept for groups up to 200 participants.

In addition to the 1.2M square feet interior meeting space under one roof, The National Challenge Course features 14 elements within a beautifully designed six-acre circuit that enables Hi element rope courseexperiential learning for as many as 250 persons. A partnership with the Browne Center delivers facilitation for leadership development, team building and other learning and development opportunities.

Exciting additions, renovations and innovative products and services continue to enhance the total guest experience at The National Conference Center. If you have not recently visited The National, you do not know The “new” National.