A survey from Teneo Hospitality Group revealed the top 5 challenges meeting planners expect to face in 2019. We’ve been hearing the same concerns from our clients and event professionals who are contacting Landry & Kling to explore cruise ship options. Read on the learn more about the simple solution to meet your planning challenges head on!

Top 5 Challenges for Meeting Planners in 2019

1. Budgets.

Not surprisingly, tight and inadequate budgets were the top challenge identified by respondents across the board. Despite a strong economy, planners report that budgets have not kept pace with rising meeting costs and attendee/C-Suite expectations.

Simple Solution: Meet on a Cruise Ship!

Avalon Waterways Suite

A cruise ship venue can save your organization up to 30% over a comparable hotel or resort. Why? A cruise offers more inclusions than most hotel programs: meals, entertainment, recreational activities and sports facilities, meeting space + use of AV for starters. And of course, transport to multiple ports of call!

2. Lack of Time.

Nearly all respondents cited lack of time as a major challenge. Most planners worry that the overwhelming details of day-to-day work leave little time for long-term, strategic planning.

Simple Solution: Meet on a Cruise Ship!

Holland America Koningsdam World Stage
Holland America Koningsdam

With so many inclusions, a cruise event means a simplified budget. Since a ship is a self-contained environment, there are also fewer vendors to work with, no menus to pore over, and no off-site events to plan.

Bonus: Save more time and stress by using Landry & Kling’s cruise event services. We’ll source the perfect ship for your event and negotiate the best contract terms and amenities. Leaving you more time to focus on the big stuff…like your meeting objectives!

3. Keeping Up With Technology.

Staying up-to-date with technology and its impact on meeting productivity can be daunting, particularly given the increasing number of Millennial attendees who expect smart digital technology and personalized experiences.

Simple Solution: Meet on a Cruise Ship!

While cruise lines are increasing their ships’ WiFi bandwidth, they are also introducing new high-tech innovations to provide a highly personalized travel experience both on and off the ship.

Norwegian Cruise Line mobile app
Norwegian Cruise Line app

A few of the latest developments include: Facial recognition and apps that drastically reduce (or eliminate) embarkation check-in; free apps with a daily planner and ability to book shore excursions and specialty restaurants; complimentary wearable devices that act as identification, charge card, and location beacons; and voice-activated personal assistants in staterooms.

While internet package rates on contemporary ships continue to drop, most premium and luxury cruise lines now include complimentary internet connectivity in their cruise fare.

4. Lack of Creativity.

Event professionals are increasingly tasked with creating more engaging and unique experiences. Meeting planner respondents noted that corporate policies of big hotel brands, as well as tight budgets, often place limits on pushing the boundaries of creativity.

Simple Solution: Meet on a Cruise Ship!

Celebrity Edge Rooftop Garden is perfect for group events
Celebrity Edge Rooftop Garden

Ships have built-in unique experiences that simply cannot be found on land: From multi-deck sports complexes and award-winning entertainment to exclusive shoreside events (complimentary with some cruise lines) and authentic destination experiences.

Ritz-Carlton Yacht Marina Lounge
Ritz-Carlton Yacht Lounge

Creative Meeting Space: In addition to flexible conference facilities, ships offer groups theaters and lounges with state-of-the-art multi-media and built-in décor, saving you money and giving your presentations a greater “wow” factor. Yes, meeting space and use of AV is included!

For a unique, customized experience your meeting attendees or incentive qualified can’t duplicate on their own, consider an exclusive cruise ship charter.

5. Complex Demands, Rising Costs of Food & Beverage

According to surveyed meeting planners, food preferences and dietary requirements have become more complicated. There is also a growing awareness of wellness and sustainability issues that make menu planning more challenging and costly.

Simple Solution: Meet on a Cruise Ship!

No need to worry about menu planning during your cruise event – meals are always included in a variety of dining venues (fees for some specialty restaurants might apply).

Silversea Cruises culinary enrichment
Silversea Cruises culinary enrichment

Delicious and healthy cuisine is served onboard – and dietary considerations are never an issue. Cruise lines are creating epicurean journeys inspired by the destinations they visit – at budget-friendly prices!

A few recent trends: Locally and responsibly sourced food, globally-inspired menus created by top chefs, cooking classes and demonstrations from local guest chefs and food experts; immersive culinary experiences ashore.

Learn More:

No matter what your group size, budget, or meeting requirements, Landry & Kling can help you find your perfect ship for a flawless event. Just give us a call at 305-661-1880, send an email to inquiry@landrykling.com, or request a group or charter quote