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Experient Assists Clients with Relocation after Nashville Flooding
As historic flooding of the Cumberland River leaves Nashville and other Tennessee areas reeling since the May 3 inundation, Experient, the source for meeting and event solutions, has been hard at work assisting its clients whose events are affected.
Among the events impacted by flooding is the Romance Writers of America’s (RWA) 2,000-person Annual Conference, scheduled for July 27 to 31 at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.
With Opryland’s beautiful indoor atriums slowly draining from ten feet of water and the venue closed for the next 90 days to assess the flood damage, Experient stepped up to assist RWA with relocation.
Linda Walter, CMP, strategic account manager with the Experient St. Louis office, immediately began the search for a facility suitable for RWA’s event. Within 48 hours, Walter researched and negotiated a contract with the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, and the document was signed by mid-afternoon May 5.
According to Allison Kelley, CAE, executive director of RWA, “the deal we got would not have been possible without our relationship with Experient. Once other groups received notice of cancellation from the Opryland Hotel, there was frenzy to book rooms elsewhere. Not counting the hotels in Las Vegas, there are less than 30 hotels [in the U.S.] that have adequate meeting space and the double rooms we need. Linda Walter has been working around the clock, and with her help and the fact that Experient has a standard contract already in place with the Swan Dolphin, the deal was easily done.”
"The team at Gaylord Opryland should be commended for their pro-active approach to helping groups make the move as seamless as possible for the attendees and exhibitors,“
Experient leads the industry as one of the best-known and most respected brands in the event management world. Its core services include providing registration, housing, event planning and management, site sourcing/contract negotiation, and lead retrieval services to progressive association, corporate and government clients with the support of an extensive supplier network. Experient employs professionals dedicated to fulfilling its vision of perfecting the event experience to deliver leading-edge thinking, experience and technology solutions for meetings, conventions and tradeshows around the world. Visit www.experient-
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