How much of a headache is finding the best value and best event destination? Every single event planner out there knows the importance of choosing the right place to host an event. And more often than not, you’re met with endless (pun intended) conflict and worries. Is this the best possible event destination and venue? Does it convey everything the event is about? Does it fit the budget, or do we need to consider a different direction? Yes, it can get quite complicated. But we’re all about making your life easier! So on today’s episode of #EventIcons, we’re talking about how to source and find the best event destination and a great value when looking for a venue.

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Joining our iconic hosts, Alex Plaxen and Lindsay Martin-Bilbrey is an equally iconic guest. Rutger Hoorn is the vice president of Global Sales from Ovation DMC. An experienced strategic and hands-on dynamic business manager, with extensive international experience in optimizing, operating, and influencing at the executive management level in the event sector. Originally from The Netherlands, Rutger has worked in Barcelona, Switzerland, and most recently relocated to run the DMC offices in New York City.

Together, they will walk you through the ups and downs of sourcing and finding the best value for an event venue. And it’s going to be a wild and educative ride. So, are you ready? Then press play – it’s time for #EventIcons!


Finding an event space is always one of those things that can either make or break your event. Click to Tweet
Your personal experience of a destination brings so much value that you can share with the planners and the industry itself. Click to Tweet
In the end it comes down to relationships that you have, for specific events, for specific incentives, there's always that top 5 preferred hotels or event venues in each destination. Click to Tweet

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How do you go about finding the best value for an event venue? What do you look for when trying to find the best event destination? Does it come easy to you? What strategies do you apply? Either way, we hope you found this week’s #EventIcons helpful. Join us again next week for even more amazing content!

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Lindsay Martin-Bilbrey

Author Lindsay Martin-Bilbrey

An accomplished speaker (though she prefers to be backstage with a headset), #EventIcons host, event prof, and marketer with work featured in the New York Times, Lindsay and team have worked with brands including Ford Motor Company, American Bar Association, Harvard Business School, and many more.

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