Malinda Harrell, CMP, CASE
421 Fayetteville St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
Planning a successful event is about more than choosing the right meeting venue: it’s also about selecting the right meeting destination. Centrally located in the heart of North Carolina and the Southeast, Raleigh, N.C., is a convenient and affordable choice, but it’s also a smart choice, due in part to its own emerging success as a thriving, Southern capital city.
There’s no doubt that you’ve seen Raleigh (and possibly also the Greater Raleigh CVB) at the top of “Best of” lists. Raleigh not only tops national rankings for its quality of life and cultural amenities, its food scene and high-tech offerings, but also the staff of the Greater Raleigh CVB has received industry awards and credentials, as some of the best and most passionate professionals in the hospitality business. Their enthusiasm for Raleigh, N.C., as a convention destination shines through in the award-winning service that planners get—from initial conversations with sales managers all the way through to the event execution and post-convention follow-ups.
The CVB’s professional sales staff helps hundreds of event planners each year bring their meetings or conventions to Raleigh. The team works to provide complimentary convention, meeting and event planning assistance as planners investigate potential cities and sites and secure proposals from the facilities here that meet an organization’s criteria. They assist in the bidding process, including preparing a bid, securing letters of invitation from key local officials or presenting the information to a decision-making body (as desired), as well as arranging and leading meeting site inspections and hotel tours.
Once Raleigh is selected as the host destination, the CVB’s convention services team steps in with tailored services that can include: arranging group housing, providing online registration assistance, providing a visitRaleigh event services directory (for locating quality, third-party services or products for a meeting) and scheduling Tourism Ambassadors (area volunteer corps) to staff information booths on-site. The Greater Raleigh CVB can extend Red Carpet Welcome services and so much more!
When Greater Raleigh CVB clients host successful events and bring visitors to the Raleigh area, everyone wins. Visitors (and planners) will leave feeling enriched and energized by their experiences in Raleigh—thanks to smart investments made into this historic capital city by its passionate locals, including the professional staff of the CVB.
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