Site visits are for many people something that gets in the way of their to-do list. A chore that takes them away from the office for a few hours, a day or even a couple of days depending on the destination. Over the years I have been involved with hundreds, if not thousands of site visits and in my opinion, a well planned site visit is the difference between choosing the right venue and the wrong venue. You wouldn't buy a car without test driving it would you? Then why chose a venue for your event without even stepping foot inside the door?
To make the most of the time you spend on your site visits, you need to really engage with the venue, sample the catering, experience the feel of the venue from arrival to departure. Don't be afraid to ask to stay over-night, if the venue really want your business they will offer you a room to make your visit easier – especially if you're coming from outside the city.
So pack your bag, get on the train/tube/plane and head off to investigate if that venue is everything you hoped for!
And don't forget – ask lots of questions – there is no question too big or too small, the venue will want you to go away with all the information you need to make an informed decision and to pick them.
In the document below I have shared with you some tips on how to plan ahead and also a handy site visit form that you can use time and time again to ensure you have all that important information within easy reach to compare venues before signing on the dotted line and handing over thousands of pounds of your company's money. After all, no-one ever wants to be the reason that someone says "who on earth chose this awful venue?"
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