Director’s Welcome

Thank you for visiting our blog!  Our goal is to share tips, advice, and stories about meetings and conferences – and all things related to UCLA.  Please visit us often to learn about the latest trends and happenings.

This month, for example, a USA Today article http://bit.ly/c16BpH highlighted the fact that meeting planners are looking for alternatives to traditional venues to hold conferences.  In the past, meeting planners typically researched hotels and convention centers.  Now, however, planners are seeking out venues that are unique and offer different amenities – and provide greater overall value.

One such value-packed amenity at UCLA is the “Bruin Bonus.”  Not only does your  conference group’s food and beverage dollar go farther at UCLA, but accommodations during the summer months are hard to beat – with daily maid service, 24-hour front desk service, free Internet, free access to campus recreation facilities, breakfast, lunch and dinner packages, and the close proximity  to Los Angeles International Airport.  These amenities rate high with both meeting planners and guests alike, but the best part is that the meeting and lodging dollars you spend at UCLA support student housing.  Without the revenue from summer conferences like yours, student housing fees would increase another 1-2% each year, adding to the financial challenge that many students face with college costs.

We hope you consider UCLA for your upcoming conferences, where you’re sure to get more of what you want – more attendees, more value, and more satisfaction knowing that your dollars are going farther by supporting students and higher education.

All the best,

Jason D Walley
Director, UCLA Conference Services

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