Transforming Your Next Day Conference: A Guide to Creating a Memorable and Impactful Event

In the dynamic landscape of professional gatherings, day conferences have emerged as essential platforms for fostering connections, sharing knowledge, and sparking innovations. 

The success of these events hinges not just on their agenda but on creating an experience that lingers in attendees’ minds long after the last session.

Here at The Inn at Virginia Tech, we’ve had the privilege of hosting a diverse array of day conferences, each one a unique blend of ideas, connections, and discoveries. These experiences give us invaluable insights into what makes a conference stand out. 

As such, we’ve compiled a list of essential tips to help you craft day conferences that are successful but also memorable and impactful. Let’s dive in below.


Savvy Spending: How to Maximize Your Group Meeting Budget

While many employees cherish the freedom of remote work, a significant 60% report feeling disconnected from their peers. This underscores the importance of company offsites and team retreats in bridging that gap. 

However, crafting the perfect budget might seem daunting for anyone new to planning their corporate retreats, especially when the average team retreat can run between $2,000 to $3,000 per individual. 

Every facet, choosing the best dates, selecting the venue, and structuring the agenda, plays a pivotal role in ensuring the event meets company objectives and appeals to participants. 

At The Inn at Virginia Tech, we understand all the details of planning a successful retreat, and we’re here to guide you on how to allocate your meeting budget best.

Let’s dive in!


Leveraging Technology for Annual Meetings: A Guide for Associations

For anyone tasked with planning their annual association meeting, you probably understand how overwhelming it can be—especially the various technical integrations. That’s why we’re sharing these association meeting tips.

From ensuring seamless virtual attendance to integrating event management software, all the way to engaging participants with interactive sessions and navigating the vast landscape of social media promotion—it’s indeed a multifaceted challenge. 

The Inn has collaborated on numerous successful association meetings and recognizes the significance of merging tradition with technological advancements. 

In this spirit, we’d like to share our insights on optimizing technology for your next annual event.


The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center: Elevating Corporate Meetings Amidst Natural Splendor

In the heart of the picturesque campus of Virginia Tech, a distinctive haven for corporate meetings awaits. The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center is an exceptional choice for businesses seeking a unique and inspiring setting to host their gatherings. With breathtaking scenery, state-of-the-art facilities, and convenient amenities, we are proud to be set apart as an unparalleled destination for corporate events.


How to Choose the Perfect Venue for Your Annual Association Meeting

For association meeting planners, the thought of organizing the annual meeting may evoke a sense of routine or formality. However, these meetings can be valuable opportunities for growth and collaboration. 

As an essential aspect of member engagement and retention, annual association meetings, educational meetings, and others provide opportunities to learn from experts, network with peers, and create a sense of community among members. Furthermore, some associations even enshrine these important gatherings in their bylaws, scheduling them on a consistent annual basis. 

Embracing these meetings can lead to positive outcomes and more robust connections within the organization.

So, who says these meetings can’t be both productive and fun? Diligence and attention to detail are crucial when organizing this kind of event, which is why your chosen venue matters.


4 Tips for Planning a Memorable Financial Corporate Meeting This Year

Let’s talk about meeting planning for financial corporations. Have you been tasked with your organization’s corporate meeting? With the right tools and plan for execution, you can create an experience that will truly stand out. 

After all, you want to engage and inspire your team and give them a memorable experience. Not only can effective corporate meetings increase the productivity of employees, they also improve communication and camaraderie. 

If you want an effective financial corporate meeting that will also be memorable, it’s going to take a bit of prep. Here are some tips to get you started. 


Flexible, Affordable & Collaborative: The Case for Mid-Week In-Person Corporate Meetings

With the rise of the remote work culture, the use of corporate office spaces is becoming increasingly rare. That doesn’t mean in-person meetings between team members and departments aren’t still important for a cohesive and productive company culture.

Effective communication between departments and teams is encouraged by getting the team together in one place, even if it’s just once a month. For many businesses, mid-week in-person meetings are a great way to ensure everyone is on the same page. Such meetings also provide an opportunity to discuss strategies and plans for upcoming projects. 


Corporate Meeting Trends: What’s Hot in Event Planning in 2023

The future of corporate meetings and events is changing rapidly, and 2023 will be no exception.

Technology, hybrid events, sustainability, and strategic planning are just a few of the trends that you should keep in mind when planning an effective event.

Sarah Lyon, our director of conference planning, recently shared some insights with Cory Falter on the InnSync Show about how to make the most of corporate meetings and events this year. 

Get the latest trends, plus we’ll share some tips and tricks for planning your perfect event, below.


Corporate Events: What We Learned in 2022 and What We’re Looking Forward To in 2023

Hard to believe the year will soon come to a close, and we’ll quickly start anew. While the date on the calendar is only a symbolic measure of the passing of time, it does allow us to take a step back and reflect on what we’ve learned about hosting corporate meetings and events this year and to start setting our goals for the upcoming one.

This past year was a year of surprises and changes, but it also gave us some key insights into corporate events that we can use to make the coming year even better.

We hope that you find these tips helpful and that they help your next event be a success!