We’ve been asked a lot lately about the events we’ve planned overseas. People want to know how we got the business, how we find vendors and what are the best locations.  So we decided to start a series of blogs with some insight into our process of working on international events.

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Ashridge Conference Center outside London

One of the keys to any successful event is finding quality vendors.  We’re able to send some very experienced staff overseas to manage our events, but we have to rely a lot on the event professionals in the countries we’re in.

  • One of the first things we do is check to see if there’s a local ISES chapter.  If there is, our job becomes a lot easier!  But even if there is a local ISES chapter, we end up relying on searches online to find our vendors.
  • We need to see a professional website with great photos that really show their expertise & experience.  Depending on the country, it’s important to us if they specifically cater to English speaking clients.  Many companies will have a special section on their website that explains just that.
  • Most of our events are corporate trainings with 20-80 attendees flying in from all parts of the world, so the proximity to the airport also comes into play.

All in all, it’s really similar to planning events in your own backyard; you just have a lot more research & vetting to do in order to find the right vendors for your international events.

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