This upcoming March, Catersource and The Special Event will be hosting an event in Orlando, Florida, and it is one that you won’t want to miss. Get ready for the show stopping event of all events! This conference will bring in the best of the best in the event planning industry. With over 200 total sessions, there are opportunities for every event planner to gain new knowledge and learn about the trends that have been occurring in the industry in recent months. Topics such as event management and production, technology, event trends, event planning as well as professional development and issues surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion will all be discussed.
“This conference brings everyone together, and all the big associations turn out too,” says Kathleen Stoehr, the Director of Community & Content Strategy at Informa Catering Groups. This is a wonderful opportunity to network with others who may be experiencing similar situations in the industry. This event opens the doors to those in the event planning industry by holding discussions related to new trends, new products and innovations that are currently happening in the industry. Of course, these can be researched due to current technologies, but this event allows for a tangible experience, knowledge from keynote speakers that want to watch everyone in the industry succeed, as well as priceless connections. “It is a true reciprocal, symbiotic conference”, says Stoehr.
There are so many sessions to choose from, so if you are planning on attending, make sure to attend the opening and closing keynote sessions as the speakers are phenomenal! Don’t forget to attend the evening events as well. They show off venues, event trends, food trends, as well as entertainment trends, and they are a lot of fun. There will also be “event escape” rooms and many other great experiences to make this conference unforgettable.
On the special event side of the conference Mark Williams, The Operations Director at Event Guru Software/Registration Guru Software, Norma Charette, Director of Conference Sales from Sodexo’s Campus Conference Solutions, as well as Dave McCandless, General Manager of Sodexo Dining Services at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, will be presenting on why holding events at universities or college campuses is a smart business strategy. Their presentation is scheduled for Tuesday, March 28th from 4pm – 5pm. This group of experts has over 60 years of experience in events and conferencing services. They will take a deep dive into why meeting planners should add these higher educational meeting locations to their short list. This is a great opportunity to meet some of the people that you have been zoom conferencing with for all these months in person. We hope to see you there!