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!