So, having made the decision to host the 2017 International NLP Conference on 28th to 30th April 2017, and accumulated some very useful market research thanks to the survey, our next task was to find a venue…and of course, like all good NLP Professionals, we immediately set up some clear criteria:
a) it needed to be available on the dates we had already promised (!)
b) would it comfortably fit the number of delegates we would like to accommodate?
c) could it be outside of central London, so it was more affordable and accessible by a variety of different transport methods?
d) could we find a venue that would be able to cater for our delegates, with healthy and fresh food?
The search was on…
Some venues eliminated themselves, either due to size, location or because they were not available on 28th April 2017…so that was easy. We then had the pleasant task of checking out the shortlist – I thought we would spend hours writing up the “pro’s and con’s” and evaluating the shortlist using a number of tried and tested business methodologies…as it happens, we walked into the Park Inn by Radisson and were blown away – it was perfect…
It ticked all the criteria boxes AND more importantly, it felt right. It offers us a dedicated restaurant as well as a dedicated conference space, so we can generate and maintain a sense of community throughout the weekend. Most of the conference rooms have natural light, as do the refreshment and socialising areas. It felt light, airy and spacious and the rooms are certainly big enough for a growing community conference.
Decision made…now let’s create a memorable conference for everyone involved!
by Karen Moxom