"Unique Venues has been the go-to source for non-conventional meeting and event venues, and the planners looking for them, for the past 28 years"
In an unprecedented move, Unique Venues has announced its inaugural Best of Awards, which allowed readers of its quarterly magazine to vote for winners in 25 categories including best venue to film a movie, best venue for a formal affair and best place to host an LGBT-friendly event.
There’s always a first for everything.
For Unique Venues, that was being the first to recognize the need for an organization that catered to the non-conventional meeting and event venues when the company started in 1986. Today, it’s being the first to bestow official awards for the leaders in this niche industry.
All winners (and runners up) are profiled in the Winter 2015 edition of the magazine, available now and complimentary to planners in the U.S. and Canada.
Unique Venues has been the go-to source for non-conventional meeting and event venues, and the planners looking for them, for the past 28 years.
The marketing and membership company has grown to be the largest online database in the U.S. and Canada with member venues including colleges and universities, historical and cultural venues, arenas and stadiums, camps and retreat centers, conferences and business centers and other special event venues.
Services include complimentary RFP submissions, assisted searches and a quarterly magazine distribution that help planners find the perfect fit every time.
“There are a lot of ‘best of awards’ in the traditional hotel industry, but we are proud to say ours is different,” says Unique Venues Founder Michele Nichols. “Our awards not only give a spotlight to the museums, event centers, cruise ships and college and university campuses that are sometimes overlooked as meeting venues, but our profiles on each explain how they standout for planners and help other unique spaces understand where they can improve. This issue will help advance our industry on many levels.”
The Winter 2015 issue also showcases Best Of marketing winners at Unique Venues Annual Marketing Conference and has articles that delve into meeting hot spots in Western Canada, a shopping list of unique holiday gifts for planners and colleagues and an event profile of the annual Odyssey of the Mind World Finals.
The magazine is distributed without charge in both print and digital formats to 50,000+ professional and accredited planners in the U.S. and Canada as well as freelance and part-time planners. To join the mailing list for Unique Venues magazine, simply register here. If you’d prefer e-reading options, download the free Unique Venues app which gives you access to the current issue and back issues that you can take on the go or download for offline reading.
In addition, the UniqueVenues.com website features a comprehensive database of all member listings including contact information, photo and video galleries, menus, meeting room capacities, a complimentary RFP service, and more.
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Picture of Gilbert Baker's original Freedom Flag showing the meaning of the 8 colors.