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Valley Forge Convention Center at the Valley Forge Casino Resort

TheValley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia,PA is just a short drive from the city of Philadelphia,and is far more than just a gaming facility. With the capacity to accommodate a wide range of meetings,events and con- ventions, theValley Forge Convention Center atValley Forge Casino Resort and the property's team of meeting professionals provide an inspiring and exceptional venue for successful functions with no details overlooked.

The center offers easy access to the area’s business centers,airport,and popular attractions,and combines thoughtfully designed facilities with impeccable service and magnificent views to ensure that events held here are always memo- rable. The convention center atValley Forge Casino Resort offers more than 100,000-square feet of flexible conference and convention facilities that allow for optimum customization,along with the latest technological and connectivity features. In fact, the resort recently invested one-million dollars into the renovation of its convention center, transforming over 55,000-square feet of space with a whole new look and the lasest in state-of-the-art technology. This renovation follows recent upgrades the adjacent Radisson hotel and its 243 guest rooms and public spaces.

TheValley Forge Convention Center also has built-in food concession areas and a ticket booth for gate shows,along with 2,300 complimentary parking spaces on site - all in the heart ofValley Forge amid major highways including: I-476, I-76,Routes 202 and 422,and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The property is just 25 minutes from Center City Philadelphia and Philadelphia International Airport.

From small gatherings to large conventions, Valley Forge Casino Resort has the space, accommodations and catering offerings to suit any need. Its world-class culinary team partners with the resorts' professional service team to put on stellar events and group functions. Complete packages with overnight rooms are available,as well. For recreation and entertainment,after meeting opportunities on site atValley Forge Casino Resort include gaming, fine dining and head- line performances,while off-site nearby are golf courses, spas,art galleries,paintball,wineries, shopping and more.

Tips For Booking at a Convention Center

When booking at a convention center, it’s always a bonus to know a few tips to make the process run as smoothly as possible. The con- vention center staff wants the event to meet and exceed all expecta- tions, and the planner strives for a successful event that will wow the attendees. With both parties working toward this common goal, it’s a good idea to prepare by listening to what professionals in the industry have to say.

“Have an agenda in mind,” said Fred Wise. “You should know what you need to make your event a success.”

Wise said that, in his experience at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, having flexible dates for the event helps, too. It’s also a good idea to know what the food and beverage budget is prior to meeting with the caterer and convention center staff. This is partic- ularly important to know, because food and beverage is often the most expensive portion of a mid-size meeting.

Meet AC books conventions and trade shows for the Atlantic City Convention Center, and offers eight skilled, experienced and profes- sional sales team members to answer questions and meet the plan- ners’ needs. A creative, client-focused, resourceful group that is dedicated to successful events, Meet AC ensures a memorable, seamless event every time.

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Karen Totaro of the Atlantic City Convention Center offers some more tips that will help make booking a meeting a breeze. “The more information the client can share early on in the process, the more the team at the venue can help keep the cost down and have more options available,” she advised.

She added that, as a potential or signed client, it’s important to share “hot button” concerns upfront so the convention center team can make sure such issues are addressed to satisfaction before the event gets underway. In addition, sharing information with the venue’s event manager is vital. Make sure they know the history of the event in terms of timing, such as length of move in and registra- tion. This is crucial to ensure the appropriate staffing levels at all times.

Kevin Willis of the Chase Center on the Riverfront advised to choose dates for conventions and trade shows early, because some months are particularly busy. “Choose ‘off’ months if possible,” he said. “There may be discounted pricing available for slower periods.”

Willis said planners should know who the on site contact will be and keep that person’s name and phone number handy. He added that it is important to inform the facility of special dietary needs beforehand if possible, as well.

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