Providing housing for 10,000+ athletes, their coaches, medical staff and team leaders is no mean feat. It takes more than a village, it takes a town. That is why for the duration of the Olympics, the Olympic Village is a completely self contained town.
As a Village resident, you never have to leave the Village. Everything is there, from several cafeterias that serve food 24 hours per day, hair salons to get your hair cut, to places to keep you entertained. Los Angeles had Vidal Sassoon provide haircuts for the athletes, as well as nightly concerts. There was always something to do, if you weren’t out training, competing or cheering on your teammates.
In Seoul we had a bowling alley and a “night club”, although most athletes preferred to join the Korean nightlife in Itaewon after their competition was over. The Olympic Village really is completely self-contained and except for competing in your sport, you don’t have to leave the complex at all.
You can create this same Olympic Village atmosphere for your seminars as well. There are conference centers and resorts that have everything on site, so that your attendees never have to leave the property. Keeping your attendees in the same place provides additional opportunities for networking.
It also decreases the chances that you will “lose them” during your event. This sometimes presents a problem when you host seminars for people that have to be there for their company or job. Of course that is not an issue when you are providing education to motivated people that are paying for their own ticket.
If you do provide a seminar where your attendees are required to be there by others, consider hosting your event at a conference center that has a Complete Meeting Package. A Complete Meeting Package includes all meals, as well as your basic audiovisual requirements and a continuous break. Conference Centers are especially designed for training and are usually completely self contained. To find a conference center that is accredited by the International Association of Conference Centers, visit http://iacconline.org.