Travel adds up in many ways. It can be measured in Dollars, Euros, or Rupees and in other ways like miles, meals, or meetings. All have a cost and all have ramifications that meeting and event planners need to consider for the attendee or budget.
When you are first starting the site selection process, most planners will meet with event stakeholders and go over a list of objectives, toss out a few potential destinations, and maybe put together a loose budget. Now your skills as a planner are put to the test as you head back to your office, cube farm, or spot at the coffee shop and you start looking for the “where”… One of the ways to choose a destination quickly is by doing the math. That is where having the right tools can serve you well.
TravelMath is a tool that you can use online or through their iOS or Android apps and it has one simple goal, give you some numbers:
Using Travelmath you can measure things like travel distance, travel time, and basic costs related to a destination. For example, when looking at info on flights you can see the distance and flight time as well as what airline has direct flights. For the next step, you can click on the “Book a Hotel” link to see what basic hotel costs are running.
This site/app is obviously built with the leisure traveler in mind but that is not the point, the point is that it can get you some rough costs, distances, and other information you need to narrow down your search to a more manageable level so that you can move forward quickly and easily. It may seem counter-intuitive but sometimes dumping a city is the quickest way to choose a destination.