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Find The Boots

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Location Location Location ... For An European Meeting

Monday, August 21, 2006

Reader Extricks writes in with this nugget:

If you ever get stuck with having to set up an international meeting here is some advice.

Working for a global corporation that has a significant proportion of middle and senior managers that are "professional meeting attenders," finding a suitable meeting location is becoming more difficult. "Suitable" in this sense means somewhere different enough to excite the jaded palette of the key execs needed to make the meeting successful and yet equipped with every known comfort, technology, cuisine, and entertainment.

My recommendation is to go with ex-soviet block countries. To most American attendees these are still bleeding edge locations and therefore exciting. And if you choose Prague, Budapest or Talin you get all the western European amenities with the much lower service costs of eastern Europe. Eating out is particularly good and inexpensive. Plus the female population in these cities appear to be all incredibly attractive. Oh, you also get thousands of years of culture and history.

You also get a significant "Boots" benefit on your return as receipts in Czech, Hungarian or Estonian are almost impossible decipher, thus making that box of Cuban Cigars become a dinner meeting with the local rep.

All good points, but we must point out that the service level in these places is absolutely horrendous. The ex-Soviet block has a ways to go when it comes to bringing you a beer quickly.


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