Every year meeting planners have an opportunity to participate in a set of unique learning experiences at the Religious Conference Management Association World Conference and Expo. Next month’s conference in Tampa, Fla., January 25–28, gives planners a choice of seven behind-the-scenes experiences:
Advertising/marketing agency: Planners learn how to strategically target their audience and to develop a meeting marketing campaign.
Busch Gardens: learn how this popular theme park handles group business.
Convention center management and service contracting: Interact and discuss the sales process, contracts, rates, and negotiations, and work with the executive chef at the Tampa Convention Center.
Convention services and event planning: Understand how group events are created. Discuss room setups, tight turns, and banquet event orders with top professionals at the Tampa Convention Center.
Food and beverage: Explore the kitchen of a major hotel, learning the different responsibilities of various personnel, including the executive chef, the sous chef, and food purchasing and quality control staff. You’ll help prepare lunch for your group.
Hotel rooms management: This is your chance to immerse yourself in the daily lives of those who provide front-of-the-house hotel services.
Production company: You’ll get to produce a video by the end of this session, where participants are assigned roles, such as producer, videographer, and lighting director.
Registrants will be served a complimentary breakfast and lunch. The program starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 25. For more details and to register for the conference, visit the
RCMA Web site. Please note that registration for some of these behind-the-scenes experiences is already full!